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  • pmtts
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    Originally posted by easyrider View Post
    Maybe they could dig a trench from the sea to where she lies?
    After a lengthy evaluation process, the owner of the Riverdance ferry, now lying on Blackpool beach, has produced plans to dismantle the ship in situ on the grounds that this represents the best option available in the interests of safety and protecting the environment.

    Options examined ranged from righting the vessel (known as par-buckling), cutting up in situ or a combination of both. The preferred method will involve cargo, trailer and machinery removal, including any debris and any pollutants, whilst maintaining the integrity of the hull. The vessel will be stripped down internally until only the shell remains. The hull will then be cut into manageable pieces and transported for recycling.

    The original plan to reduce the list using tidal and internal buoyancy was abandoned due to the additional structural damage sustained during storms on 12 March. The vessel remains lying on the beach with a list of 100 + degrees. In addition the vessel continues to sink deeper into the sand. It is estimated that at least 4 metres of the bridge / wheelhouse is now under the sand.

    Last edited by pmtts; 15 April 2008, 19:23.

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  • pmtts
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    Originally posted by Goldie fish View Post
    Its unusual to find an engine room with no oil spill, particularly when vessel has rolled thru 90degrees. Maybe they are saying that nothing left the engine room?
    My mistake, the MCA said that the engine room was free from flooding.

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  • Goldie fish
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    Its unusual to find an engine room with no oil spill, particularly when vessel has rolled thru 90degrees. Maybe they are saying that nothing left the engine room?

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  • spider
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    Originally posted by pmtts View Post
    According to the MCA last week, there were no fuel spillages etc in the engine room.
    Thank Goodness for that !

    Could have been a messy enough aftermath.

    I was thinking along the lines of machinery torn from its mountings and strewn everywhere.

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  • pmtts
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    I doubt there was not much chance of survival for this poor chap.

    The skipper of the vessel Zilmermeeuw, a Belgian vessel with six people onboard, went missing whilst the crew were below deck having lunch. When the crew returned from their break, they found their skipper missing and contacted Solent Coastguard.

    The Coastguard scrambled the Coastguard Rescue helicopter Mike Uniform and requested the Newhaven and Eastbourne RNLI lifeboats to launch. A request for help was broadcast simultaneously to all shipping and six fishing vessels and commercial vessels (four of them Belgian) responded and offered their assistance with the search. Mike Uniform has now returned and a second Coastguard helicopter Whiskey Bravo will begin a search.

    The weather was inclement with westerly winds up to 23 knots, poor visibility, rain and sleet. We know that the skipper was not wearing a lifejacket or survival suit.

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  • pmtts
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    Originally posted by spider View Post
    I can imagine what the inside of the engine room must look like
    According to the MCA last week, there were no fuel spillages etc in the engine room.

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  • spider
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    I can imagine what the inside of the engine room must look like

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  • Goldie fish
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    Things like Marine Diesels are not designed to sit on their side for prolongued periods.

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  • spider
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    The Riverdance is confirmed as a constructive total loss -

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/l...re/7311479.stm

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  • warthog
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    "the Irish Coastguard helicopter"
    ...that drives me nuts,there's six of them!

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  • pmtts
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    Originally posted by Goldie fish View Post
    Lets Hope RNLI donations are high this year.
    Im attending the RNLI AGM in London next month, I'll let you know :wink:

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  • Goldie fish
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    Lets Hope RNLI donations are high this year.

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  • spider
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    Another lifeboat wrecked -

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/7309579.stm

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  • easyrider
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    Maybe they could dig a trench from the sea to where she lies?

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  • Goldie fish
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    She is still relatively intact though.

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