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Old 03-16-2012, 11:24 AM
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Default *CONCORDIA a 'total constructive loss*

Steamboating colleagues:
May not be 'steamboats' as such, but late arriving bulletins and E=Mails with Franz reveal the liner COSTA CONCORDIA salvage could take 10 to 12 months to complete according to examinations and tentative bids from several salvage companies. Bids, with plans, submitted this month and early April for what is declared a "constructive total loss." Of ten salvagers three withdrew with two entering a possible joint project. No word if the ship could/would be restored in light of her termed a "total loss."

Some 2,700 tons of fuel oil and other lubricants in 17 compartments to be "hot pumped" out. Environmental concerns also for thousands of tons of rotting food, other chemicals, plastic, carpeting and paints entering the sea. One ship the size of CONCCORDIA uses some 60,000 gallons of paint just on the exterior. Decisions focus on either 'righting/raising' the ship without cutting her up to be studied. The former the desired. Italy's Civil Protection Department--a kind of Civil Defense/Environemtal/Homeland Security organization--playing a strong roll. Environmental, tourism, business concerns for the coast and island of Giglio important. The Jan. 13 tragedy to date claims 25 people died with 7 still missing. If interested just type in 'COSTA CORCORDIA, salvage plans' on your search engine and hit GO.

A spirited Bon Voyage to Franz Neumier who soon flies via KLM for a flight with a group of travel journalist to join the sailing ship STAR FLYER to the Panama Canal and other ports. Have a safe, pleasant, healthy trip and return.

R. Dale Flick
Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River, Cincinnati.
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