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    I've watched that video through now. The skills and precision needed in each part of the work are impressive - the whole incredible operation from start to finish was riveting.
    Ivy

    "To thine own self be true.......
    Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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      i thought that they worked hard to see that the keel was gone,but here it was.

      best regards Thijs

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        Originally posted by ombugge View Post
        Looks like a bad "punch through" has happened off Mexico: http://gcaptain.com/accident-aboard-...content=261222

        This is what is most dreaded by all Rig Movers and Drilling Contractors.
        What is "punch through"?? It is when the foundation under a leg give way suddenly during pre-loading?
        What is pre-loading?? it is an operation that is done when placing a jack-up rig on a location. Basically it is to prove that the soil strength is sufficient to support the rig. Ballast water is added while the rig is maintained close to the water's surface to simulate the worst conditions that can be expected. (All all three legs are evenly loaded)

        In theory, if the soil give way the rig lists until enough of the hull is in the water to to compensate for the loss of support by buoyancy. The higher the air gap, the more list before equilibrium is obtained.
        In this case it looks like the list is so severe that damage to legs are inevitable. If the hull has cracked, water may enter into tanks around the leg, causing additional weight to be added, thus more penetration/list.
        I have experienced a few "punch troughs" in my time as Rig Mover, but none as bad as this.
        Injuries is most likely from insufficient securing of equipment, or from the evacuation process.

        If you google Jackup Rig Punch through there are some spectacular pictures from previous incidents.
        Another "punch through", this time off Qatar: http://gcaptain.com/jack-up-collapse.../#.VZyk8fmqpBc
        This part of the Gulf is not known for punch through risk, as far as I can recall.

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          Stena Jutlandica (Frederikshavn - Gothenburg) had a bit of an incident last night.

          http://www.news.odin.tc/index.php?pa...off-Gothenburg

          http://www.vg.no/nyheter/utenriks/pa...rg/a/23491334/
          Cheers,

          Mark.

          www.pologlover.co.uk

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            Nice to have waterfront property, but there are some dangers: http://gcaptain.com/cargo-ship-smash...2#.Va9_RPmqpBc

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              Do you remember the Sun Vista.... the cruise ship which caught fire in Straits of Malacca and subsequently sank?

              Here are some images taken on board just months before she burned.... now, interior for the fishes:

              https://www.flickr.com/photos/worldd...57624309907749
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

              Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
              Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

              Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                some parts of the ''baltic ace''





                stored here,the salvage goes vaster then the scrapper can handle
                best regards Thijs

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                  No signs of the missing US flag Container ship El Faro: https://gcaptain.com/tote-maritime-u...5#.VhD8KnqqpBc
                  The life ring found is not necessarily a sign that the ship has sunk, it may just have been washed overboard.

                  If it had sunk the EPIRB should have floated to the surface and sent it's position to SAR centers, incl. in the US via the Russian COMSAT network.

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                  • ombugge
                    ombugge commented
                    Editing a comment
                    Latest news on the El Faro. It does not look good: http://gcaptain.com/multicple-object.../#.VhHi2XqqpBc

                    Latest CNN report: http://edition.cnn.com/videos/us/201...icane-joaquin/

                  • ombugge
                    ombugge commented
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                    It appears that the EPIRB did activate and the signal was picked up by USCG:
                    It appears that the ship's Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) was activated, whose signal was received by the USCG in Portsmouth, VA. This signal prompted the USCG to contact the vessel owners, who informed them of the ship's reported condition. Subsequent attempts by the USCG to open communications with El Faro since October 1st have been unsuccessful. At the time of disappearance, El Faro had a crew of 28 US citizens and five Polish supernumeraries.
                    The EPIRB can be activated two ways, either manually or automatically. If the ship sink the "hydrostatic pressure release" (HPR) fitted to the EPIRB will be activated, the EPIRB will float to the surface and commence sending data, incl. it's position and the ID of the ship. Whether this was done manually or automatically in this case is not known,

                  Latest about El Faro: http://gcaptain.com/el-faro-likely-s.../#.VhKkQXqqpBc

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                  • ombugge
                    ombugge commented
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                    Her replacement on the Puerto Rico run has just been launched. A modern Container ship with LNG power should have taken over the run in a few months. Designed by DSME, in Korea and equipped with top modern machinery, also made in Korea, but built in the US to qualify under the Jones Act: http://www.totemaritime.com/about/vessels/

                  Investigation into the cause of the sinking of a relatively large vessel like the El Faro occurred has already started: http://gcaptain.com/federal-investig.../#.VhPhWHqqpBc

                  PS> Fox News hasn't reported much on this incident. They couldn't find anything to blame the sinking on Obama. (Blaming him for the hurricane would be too silly, even for Fox News)

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                    Another ship has sunk, this time in the North Sea: http://gcaptain.com/dutch-freighter-.../#.VhPoknqqpBc

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                      Search for survivors and floating wreckage form El Faro, confirming that 33 people are
                      missing, assumed dead": http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/07/us...-missing-ship/
                      The emphasize will now be on finding the wreck, which is assumed to have sunk in very deep water off the Bahamas

                      There are a lot of unexplained things around this accident, or rather the search and rescue and why there is no firm position for the sinking;
                      - Why did the EPIRB only send out one short "ping"?? The EPIRB is design to float up and send it's position and ID for days: http://www.cospas-sarsat.int/en/18-f...-sarsat-beacon
                      - IF the vessel carried the IMO requires 2 SARTS, why have no signals been detected?? SARTS are Radar Transponders and are meant to be carried to the Life Boats/Rafts by the crew when abandoning ship. They are also buoyant, but not self-releasing: http://www.jotron.com/Artikkel/SART-...0/10001955.php
                      - Why has no Life Rafts been recovered?? The vessel had inflatable Life Rafts, which is designed to float free and automatically inflate when a ship sinks, even if there are no survivors: https://sg.answers.yahoo.com/questio...3035125AAUiA4l (It only work if properly installed, which is not always the case)
                      - Where is the Voyage Data Recorder?? The latest VDRs consists of two parts, one is fixed and go down with the ship and one is free float, which is equipped with both surface and satellite locators (This ship may not have had the latest model) The fixed part is equipped with acoustic locator with a battery life up to 90 days in the latest models.

                      No signals or sightings of any of the above and only one body in a survival suite has been sighted or heard after 6 days of search.
                      Only one of the 2 lifeboats have been found. Badly damaged but no sign of survivors having been on board. Where is the other life boat??

                      Of cause the media is bringing up the Bermuda Triangle as a possible cause of this accident, but it looks more likely that loss of propulsion power on this 40 year old steam turbine driven ship and the sudden strengthening and change of path by this Hurricane is to blame.

                      If a hatch had been left open, or (more likely) been knocked open by heavy seas over deck, this could cause instability and eventually capsizing of the vessel when drifting helplessly in heavy seas. The type of ship (RoRo/Container) is also prone to stability problems if anything like water incursion occure.

                      It will be interesting to hear what come out in the investigation now going on and in the Inquiry to follow.

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                        And now for the aftermath of the tragic loss of 33 lives on a ship where all went wrong: https://gcaptain.com/we-wont-learn-a...5#.VhfRg3qqpBc
                        Not all that is said here is necessarily based on knowledge of this particular vessel, its equipment and condition, nor on the decision making process at the time, but to get into a Hurricane with a ship able to make 22 kts. in good weather does not sound like good discussions were made, wheter by the Master or by the shorebased management. Going on the other side of Cuba would have added many miles to the voyage and $$ to the cost, but the risk would have been minimized, even if the storm had continued on the predicted path.
                        In this case it strengthened beyond what was expected and made an abrupt turn, which was not forecasted.

                        Now we will see if they manage to blame the Master: https://gcaptain.com/captain-of-ill-...5#.VhfWC3qqpBc

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                          Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                          Now we will see if they manage to blame the Master:
                          assuming that the complete crew is dead,it's very easy for the managing to blame the master.

                          ''yes we have try to talk it out of his mind to sail through the storm,but he wanted to go anyway,because of the vessel was so good,it could handle any storm.''

                          the master can't give any reply
                          best regards Thijs

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                            Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                            Another ship has sunk, this time in the North Sea: http://gcaptain.com/dutch-freighter-.../#.VhPoknqqpBc

                            the sailing company Flinter has abandoned the vessel,leaveng the salvage costs to the tax payers of Holland or Belgium
                            best regards Thijs

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                            • ombugge
                              ombugge commented
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                              Flinter is a major Dutch Shipping company operating abt. 50 vessel. I assume that they are insured through a reputable P&I Club, which includes wreck removal??
                              In any case, the ship does not appear to be badly damaged, or even sunk, just resting on the bottom in shallow water. Cost of salvage and repairs should not be prohibitive for this 2002 built vessel.

                              PS> It appears that Flinterstar has been declared a "constructive total loss" due to the damages sustained, but that does not mean that the P&I Club can walk away. They are still fully responsible for salvage or wreck removal.
                              Here is an update: http://www.heavyliftnews.com/news/mv...ss-off-belgium
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