Speculation about what is going to happen to Concordia
I know that it is early to do this since they have not been able to offload fuel at this point, but I was wondering what might happen to the ship. Options that I see are a, scrap her and tear her apart for scrap where she lies; b, refloat her and take her to India for scrapping; c, refloat and refit her and use her as a cruise ship; d, refloat and refit her as a gambling casino; e, take her to the middle of the ocean and sink her.
Since there are many experts about sea law and even this particular situation
I would like to hear what they say. So many times situations seem to be black and white, but because of the ramifications of international laws, insurance and corporate structure the answer is not always evident.
In writing this thread I was thinking that maybe the fuel has been offloaded and a decision made about the final disposition of the ship so it is a non issue, but I am still interested in what is happening concerning this ship.
Most of the newspaper reports that I have seen recently have various versions of the following info ....
The majority of the fuel is in the front six tanks of the ship. If the harsh weather holds off, they expect to have those emptied within a week so they can concentrate on the tanks that are less at risk to spill into the sea.
Costa currently is accepting bids to get the ship out of the water and into dry dock so repairs can be made. Officials have said that it could take 10-12 months to get the ship removed from the reef
That is of course if the ship doesn't slip off the reef & break up.
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If the end result was....drydock,and completely redone from stem to stern, and, renamed, would you sail it?
I certainly would not.
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The decision to refloat and repair is not going to be made by Costa or Carnival Corp. It will be made by the insurance company.
I also don't think that decision will be made until they are able to refloat her and see how much damage has truly been done. Repairing the hole is "easy" enough (probably not the best choice of words) and everything that was inside - beds, table, chairs etc etc is replaceable. It's how much damage the salt water has done to the body of the ship that will tell the tale.
It will be priced first - cost of repairs vs cost of scrapping.
If it's repaired I would think Carnival Corp will sell it and it will sail again under a different name, different decor. No company is going to lose any more than it has to, especially an insurance company. They don't have human feelings and even with the losses on this one, money will rule not feelings.
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After watching the Discovery Channel show last night I am thinking they might try to salvage the ship. Now, this is a completely uniformed decision on my part, however the ship is in shallow water which would likely make the recovery less expensive.
In humble and honest respect to all of the victims of the disaster I am not sure why feelings would play a role in the decision on what to do with the ship. To give an example; if some terrible thing happened in our Dining Hall (for instance) at the center and many people killed an injured I would be devastated and in total sympathy for the victims, however I would NOT tear down the building.
The response I want to see from the Costa and the rest of the industry is to review their procedures and make changes where they are needed.