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    *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.

    RE: Concordia

    Hi Dale,

    I stopped and visited Jeff today in Marietta on my way home from Ohio Univ. Concordia was brought up with neither of us hearing any new updates on her aside from a few more bodies being recovered some time back. I was aware of the holes that were cut into the hull for easier entrance/removal of items. Unreal to think of how difficult it must be for the divers to navigate through it.

    I believe she had horizontal compartments in her hull, which tells the story as to why she rolled to the opposite side of the gash. I thought in the beginning that she would probably be considered for scrapping. Even if she were to be salvaged I believe the stigma from the disaster and loss of life would keep many passengers from booking a trip on her.

    Carnival is said to be down in bookings but have not specified which companies of the conglomerate that are being affected. I would feel more comfortable booking with a Carnival owned Line after all this because they're under the microscope of so many now. When I was on the QM2's crossing to New York in December, I felt her safety procedures prior to leaving Southampton were above par. Once we made it into open water we encountered rough seas (fluctuating between Force 10-11) for three days and the crew seemed to be very much competent and prepared just in case any emergency arose. Further comfort no doubt came from Commodore Rynd being very assuring - All of this a month before the Concordia disaster. Along with Costa and other lines, Cunard is owned by Carnival as well these days.