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    Re: A big mess

    They are saying the wreck will be removed...

    "He said the next thing to happen after the ship was stabilised was that divers would be sent down to cut the ship into pieces. Those pieces would then be lifted to a barge."

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    Re: A big mess

    Oh..

    So there's no "yum" to the story at all then.. Just "yuck"..

    Damn

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    Re: A big mess

    Quote Originally Posted by Silentbob  View Original Post
    Oh..

    So there's no "yum" to the story at all then.. Just "yuck"..

    Damn
    I actually think they have no idea of the size/scope of such an endevour.

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    Re: A big mess

    If they could salvage it.. they would have whilst it was still floating.. sounds like political bulls@t to me...

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    Re: A big mess

    Quote Originally Posted by tecdiverdude  View Original Post
    If they could salvage it.. they would have whilst it was still floating.. sounds like political bulls@t to me...
    Once it hit the reef it wasn't floating. It's back was broken and within hours of hitting, it was only being held together by internal piping. There was no chance they could refloat it from day 1 end of story. Although the salvors built coffer dams to try to hold it, the starboard side was always a problem and it was only a mater of time before it broke in two . As for the BS floating around that they could have got the oil, blah, blah, out in the"first four days" is once again, a pile of speculation not founded in fact.

    Quite part from the fact there were zero resources located in NZ for this type of operation, the weather has been quite spectacularly uncoperative. This latest "storm" is just one of several weather events since October that has hindered recovery of both oil and containers - exacerbated by the several thousand K's of sea separating NZ from available salvage kit.

    While I am no fan of Governments, short of John Key and Helen Clarke jumping in and personally sucking the oil out with a straw, there is not a whit they could have done to speed up the process.

    With no compulsory shipping lanes in NZ (too expensive), no lights on many known hazards (such as Astrolab for example), a growing major port (for NZ) where there should not be one (Tauranga), a general lack of disaster preparation or risk assessment we are very lucky here in NZ that we have got away with in global terms such a minor wrecking in this case. It could have been the Torrey Canyon, or Exxon Valdez for example.

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