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Old 31st Jan 2012, 01:24
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Do they have no obligation to return private objects such as jewelry? So many items like that are of a sentimental value that far exceeds the hard cash.

( another aside. I do recall hearing, though from where I don't remember, that items sold in UK auction become the legal property of the successful bidder, even if they have been stolen.)
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"bidders for the salvage have to estimate what they can get for the ship's bell, the jewelry the Russians and others may have left on board, and so forth."


So does that mean that if you leave personal items on the ship,
it belongs to the Salvors ?

If an aircraft crashes, personal effects are returned to the owner or family (if deceased) but this is not the case with ships ????
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 01:29
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Overlapped me with the same question. It's obvious there's a moral burden to reunite the owners with their property, but morals, and the modern world . . .
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 01:31
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I should have posted earlier. My frustration was brewing during the rescue phase - when those operations were halted due to the weather. They should not have been.

As somebody who has studied Naval Architecture and had a few non-Archimedes incidents, getting the wreck tethered would have been my highest priority.

Salvage-wise. Impossible to tell without a survey as is. I presume that there are now some holes on the Starboard side. Sealing the Port side will, therefore not be enough. There are also all of the open external doorways on the submerged decks to plug. And then the holes made in the rescue attempts.

Heavy (and very slow) lift crane barges, pumping and balloons. Maybe.

Unlikely. Get it stabilised and recover all the dry stuff. Cut it up for scrap down to the existing waterline and dump the rest - probably.
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 05:31
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The actual force along the lines to the shore wouldn't be that vast, as long as she didn't slip off the edge. Once over the ledge there would be colossal tonnage to restrain. Impossible I would think.

One is mindful of Gulliver and the hundreds of small strands that bound him. I have no knowledge of where one would fasten them to the vessel, but on land individual anchor points could be fabricated on site from steel rod.

This may seem an insurmountable task, but the thought of it slipping into deeper water I would think would be a strong motivator. The numbers run into many, many millions, so even a million spent on rope and steel is . . . no, I won't say it.

The only good factor is she must not, in particular, be allowed to roll, so the tethers would have to be on the top. Certainly dozens of lines to the port anchor chain would be a start - assuming it wouldn't pull out further.

Easy viewed from here, but the thought of that oil being lost is horrifying. I spent my honeymoon not far from there and the beaches were ruined by blobs of what looked like soft tar. We knew little of spilled oil in those days, but I bet that's what it was.
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 10:14
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More info from Smit

Salvage-related information by Smit can be found here:

SMIT'S WORLD

I'd think (at least) twice before questioning this company's mode of operations. They are not exactly amateurs in this line of business.
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I would imagine the company would be more than happy if she slipped and sank in deep water,probably work out much cheaper for them,cutting her up in situ will cost a fortune,that is not some beach in India.
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 10:29
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Not to mention Mr.D, the appalling mess and residue as a result of cutting up the hull. Almost as bad as oil spillage.
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 10:36
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That's what I meant Mr G, it is Italy,not some third world ship scrapping beach where it could be gas axed into managable chunks and and dragged up onto a beach without anybody looking over their shoulder,there will probably be two hundred EU H&S and anti pollution functionaries with clipboards watching their every move.
They should turn 500 Cornishmen loose on her,in a week there would not be a pot pan carpet stick of furniture knife fork or spoon left aboard her,just be a bare hull.
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 10:44
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They should turn 500 Cornishmen loose on her,in a week there would not be a pot pan carpet stick of furniture knife fork or spoon left aboard her,just be a bare hull.


Watch what you say Mr D., people have been banned from PPRuNe for making such racial slurs insinuating members of a nationality or grouping are all thieves......
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 10:48
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That int thieving Mr O, that's Cornish tradition.
"Cornish coast off the Starboard bow Captain"
"Ring down full ahead Mr Jones and move her five miles further out"
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 10:51
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Like fastening a flaming torch to a cow's horns on a rocky coastline at night......
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 11:57
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Thanks for that Drapes, really brightened my day!

And thank you KiloMikePapa for the link to the Smit site. How times have changed; that sort of transparency would have been unlikely twenty years ago. And it's interesting that it refers only to the oil removal, not the salvage per se.

As for what happens to personal effects, I confess ignorance. Things like passports and documents would surely be returned to owners, but jewelry? If the insurance has been paid out on a particular item, it then belongs to the insurer doesn't it?
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 13:58
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I see Channel 4 has a documentary on the circumstances surrounding the sinking of the cruise ship the Costa Concordia at 8pm tonight.
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 14:01
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I see Channel 4 has a documentary

Having sat and groaned through a few other documentaries - did you see the one on Pan-Am last week - stuffed with ripe howlers - I shan't be watching this one. If you've read the PPRuNe thread there's nothing more that can be added (I bet).
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 14:02
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Beeb reporting that the search for bodies has been abandoned.

BBC News - Costa Concordia wreck: Search of cruise ship abandoned
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 14:03
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I believe Smit's contract is for the salvage of the bunkers only, not the vessel.

They may have not yet agreed a contract for the salvage of the ship.

On the question of jewellery; I hope for the pax this is covered by their home/contents insurance. I suspect the liability of the cruise line would be limited by the Warsaw/Athens convention (or similar, can't be bothered to check), which would be incorporated into the conditions of carriage.

If the ship is to be salved, the traditional rule would be that cargo owners would be liable to contribute to the salvage fund in proportion to the value of the cargo saved; in theory, that principle could apply to jewellery/valuables recovered - however, I suspect the scale of any salvage operation would not permit valuables to be reunited with their owners - we are talking about cutting up and hauling large chunks of metal out of the sea, not strolling through cabins noting what was found where.

I suspect the answer is, if you have fancy jewellery you're fond of, consider not taking it on your hols. Or keep it in your knickers
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 16:12
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Octopussy, yes, that's where I've always kept my jewels.
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 17:55
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Keep jewellery in your knickers ...

Not very safe if you're the captain's pet Moldavian dancer.
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