M/S Costa Concordia incidents January 13-14, 2012 caused by ship not being seaworthy

How BBC transmits incorrect info about the incidents

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Media does not know how to report about M/S Costa Concordia. BBC 8 July 2013 is one example. Most of what BBC reported is wrong:

What BBC reported:

Correct description:

1.

Thirty-two passengers and crew members died in the accident, which unfolded just off the small island of Giglio on Italy's west coast on Friday 13 January 2012.

Nobody died Friday 13 January 2002 on Costa Concordia.

32 persons died after the ship capsized and sank Saturday 14 January 2012.

2.

Capt Francesco Schettino is believed to have steered the ship too close to shore while trying to show it off to islanders, and hit a rock.

It is an established fact that the helmsman supplied by the ship owner actually steered the ship.

A planned turn was badly executed.

Then there was an accidental 'contact' at 21.45 hrs but the ship was stable and floating afterwards. Only the power system was damaged by inflow of water. Nobody died.

3.

The huge vessel then partially capsized with more than 4,000 people on board.

There is no such thing as a partial capsize! The floating ship capsized Saturday 14 January at 00.34 hrs after most persons aboard had been evacuated using the lifeboats. Only a few life rafts were used at evacuation, as crew didn't know how to launch them, so maybe 300 persons incl. the master were left aboard, when the ship capsized. Most then got down via ladders to assisting boats. 32 drowned.

3.

Eighteen months on work to remove the Concordia's hulk continues apace. The ship is lying in around 50 ft of water, its carcass increasingly rusty.

The wreck is lying in at least 80 ft of water, more, >100 ft, at mid-length of the hull.

5.

Appendages, steel cables and anchor chains have been welded to the hull by the 400-strong salvage crew, who are working round the clock.

You do not weld anchor chains to hulls!

6.

The latest phase of the operation, described by salvagers Titan-Micoperi on their website as 68% complete, will see 11 vast metal containers called caissons welded onto the ship's exposed flank.

Or maybe 40% complete? Four more caissons shall be fitted on the port side underwater and 15 caissons on the starboard side, underwater, etc, etc.

7.

These will then be filled with water and help rotate the ship upright.

Maybe - they will also add to the weight and increase the pressure on the sea floor and crush the wreck below.

8.

The rollover operation itself - known as parbuckling - is expected to take at least two days, as it must be done painstakingly slowly to prevent further damage to the weakened hull.

Actually, as soon as the rollover starts, all weight is carried by the bilge structure in contact with the sea bed that will be crushed. It is possible that any pull wires below the bilge are cut or slice the wreck, etc, etc.

9.

More caissons will then be attached to the other side, and water will then be pumped out and replaced with air to give buoyancy, allowing the vessel to be towed away.

All remaining caissons will be attached fully submerged to the wreck under water. The other side is damaged. If caissons can be attached there and how long it will take are not certain.

The wreck will rise/floa,t when the caissons are deballasted.

If the wreck can be towed away is not certain. It may still break apart.

10.

One of the project's directors, Franco Porcellacchia, told the BBC: "This is a very delicate and unusual operation. We have no reference here".

Correct. Conventional removal methods are probably faster, cheaper and safer and put no load on the sea bed and little loads on the wreck.

11.

Earlier this year five huge metal platforms were lowered to the sea bed to cradle the ship's 114,000 tonne bulk once rolled upright.

The platforms are just supporting the pull wires. The wreck weighs only 45.000 tons.

12.

Prior to this, the salvage team created a "false sea bed" from bags containing special cement to strengthen the sea floor below the support platforms.

If the 'false sea bed' of cement is strong enough remains to be seen. The sea bed flora below the cement is evidently destroyed. The work is still going on.

13.

In December 2012, the ship's funnel was removed to allow better access from the right-hand side.

Correct. BBC got it right. The funnels was no more needed on the wreck.

14.

During the early phases of the operation, there were fears that the wreck could slide into deeper water and sink completely, so divers have attached heavy steel anchor cables to stabilise it.

Correct. But it seems the wreck has also sunk 3 meters vertically as the ship's side structure is deformed in contact with the rocky sea bed.

15.

The vessel still contains tonnes of rotting food, furniture, bedding and passengers' belongings, and Franco Porcellacchia told the BBC that the risk of environmental contamination was a big concern.

The food is inside sealed refrigerated rooms or store rooms.

16.

With the ship considered beyond economic repair, its final destination is expected to be a dry dock in Sicily, where it will be cut up.

The wreck + caissons will have breadth >60 meters and draught >18 meters, so any dry dock have to be really big to handle the wreck.

17.

"The salvage is a joint venture [between Titan and Micoperi], but that contract is terminated when the ship is raised," Mr Porcellacchia said.

So who is going to tow away the wreck full of water? And where?

It is quite disturbing that BBC gets most info wrong.

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