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Old 09-09-2019, 08:36 AM   #21
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Is this vessel sitting on the bottom? It sure looks like it. The reports are kind of vague. Rescue/recovery ops are on hold because it is unstable. Does anyone know how deep the water is at that location?
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Old 09-09-2019, 08:52 AM   #22
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It's difficult to say, but yes, it is probably resting on the bottom at low tide. The port side of the ship was about 20-30 feet lower in the water by late yesterday afternoon than it was at dawn, but it does not seem to have gotten any lower. Basically, the ship rolled from a listing angle to a nearly 90 degree angle.

The tide shift here at the moment is about 8 feet and approximately 2 knots of current.

The water at that spot is about 28' at low tide, but the ship is not too far from the shoals closer to Jekyll Island, which are at about 2'. The two Moran tugs have been used the entire time to keep the ship in place. Fortunately, we are in a window of several days of little wind and very flat seas in the Sound and channel.

I have no information on stability at this time, but the latest word is that the rescue attempt for the four missing men is back on this morning.
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Old 09-09-2019, 10:20 AM   #23
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Wifey B: Rescuers have made contact with the four missing crew members and confirmed all four alive. Now working to free them.
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Old 09-09-2019, 12:33 PM   #24
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That's good news.
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Old 09-09-2019, 02:07 PM   #25
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I expect there will be a lot of cheap cars hitting the market in the next few months!!
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What a mess those cars will be.
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Old 09-09-2019, 03:00 PM   #27
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What a mess those cars will be.
IIRC, a shipload (RORO) of Dodge Colt cars foundered on the west coast of Vancouver Island in the 70s. Some cheap cars did hit the market afterwards.
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Old 09-09-2019, 03:23 PM   #28
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Wifey B: Rescuers have made contact with the four missing crew members and confirmed all four alive. Now working to free them.
Wifey B: Three have been rescued. They're working on the fourth.
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I'll be involved in the salvage efforts on this. My company has been mobilized by Smit Salvage. We have a contractual relationship with Smit and have done many salvage jobs with them. My tug left NY yesterday with a crane/dive support barge. I don't go in until next Wednesday and don't have many details yet except the salvage master said expect to be there for several months.
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I'll be involved in the salvage efforts on this. My company has been mobilized by Smit Salvage. We have a contractual relationship with Smit and have done many salvage jobs with them. My tug left NY yesterday with a crane/dive support barge. I don't go in until next Wednesday and don't have many details yet except the salvage master said expect to be there for several months.
Please keep us up to date as what you are doing, if possible, when you get there. Should be interesting to see how it is salvaged.
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Good news! Three of the four missing crewmen have been rescued. The fourth has been located and is fine, but is trapped behind glass in an engineering room. They are working on a plan to free him.

In the meantime, our little island has turned into a media circus. Just praying this does not turn into an environmental story as well. Some small amounts of oil have been seen, including a couple of oily dogs after morning walks on the beach, but no significant spills yet.

This is pure speculation, but I would think they will find a way to re-open the port once the last crew member is safely removed from the ship. It's not actually in the channel, but literally yards away. I can't imagine the economic impact of keeping the port closed for the months it may take to re-float and remove the ship. There are five ships anchored near the sea buoy now and another on the way, which would seem to indicate that they have been told to stick around and await the port opening, though perhaps with some significant speed restrictions. Time will tell...
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He looks happy!
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He looks happy!
I kinda think the other two, and hopefully three, will too!

Because you have to think that they didn't know what had happened and even that they were sitting on a solid base. Or even if they were above or below the water!
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Never mind. Good news!
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I'll be involved in the salvage efforts on this. My company has been mobilized by Smit Salvage. We have a contractual relationship with Smit and have done many salvage jobs with them. My tug left NY yesterday with a crane/dive support barge. I don't go in until next Wednesday and don't have many details yet except the salvage master said expect to be there for several months.
Stay safe, Jack.
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Last crew member rescued! Great Job to all involved.
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Thank goodness. I can't imagine being trapped in a dark ship that's listed over 90 degrees sitting on her beam ends. God that must have been a nightmare.

If I'm remembering right, there was another RoRo like this that was full of Mazdas back in 2006 or so. She listed way over just like that, and everything inside had to be scrapped. Even if there was no apparent damage, they crushed em all.
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Thank goodness. I can't imagine being trapped in a dark ship that's listed over 90 degrees sitting on her beam ends. God that must have been a nightmare.
We came across the Lanier bridge yesterday, the ship lying on its side is hard to miss. As with the news crews scattered around the area. Temps have been well into the 90's, that exposed hull in that Georgia heat.... trapped inside, so thankful all souls were rescued. Now it's just cleaning up stuff that can all be replaced.

It will be interesting to learn the back story, I don't think I'll ever look at one of those behemoths the same when I have one slide past me.
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