Italian Cruise Ship Disaster: One Year Later
I greatlyenjoyed the additional information and update. One extreme negative, however,that I must point out is that the salvage company's project manager was allowedto perpetuate the myth that no one has ever done any sort of salvage like thisbefore. However, other than advances in technology, I fail to see anydifference between in this salvage and that done in 1942-1943 of the capsizedUSS Oklahoma or the righting of the sunken USS Utah performed using the samemotors, etc., following the refloating of USS Oklahoma. Concrete cofferdams orpatches were used on several ships. Hopefully any future coverage of thesalvage operation will unambiguously point that out.
Duringthe attack on Pearl Harbor the battleship USS Oklahoma was struck by fivetorpedoes and capsized within twenty minutes. BB-37 was subsequently rightedusing 5 hp motors attached to 21 bents firmly mounted to Ford Island andultimately refloated to allow the battleship to be moved first to salvageequipment and then to basically free space. USS Oklahoma ultimately sunk duringa storm in 1947 while being towed to a scrapping firm.
I dogreatly appreciate that National Geographic has pointed out in both specials(last year's and this new one) the effects that the wind played in driving thestricken Costa Concordia ashore and capsizing to starboard instead of port.Unfortunately, the false claims by the villain in this disaster were notchallenged when this villain claimed that he took actions to ground or beachthe vessel. There was no power and the rudder was jamed for the same lack ofpower. Luckily it was jammed in a position that assisted the wind but waspositioned in the failed attempt to clear the stern from the rocks.