Rena salvage bill second to Costa Concordia

The salvage of Rena, which ran aground on a reef off Tauranga, New Zealand, in 2011, has cost NZD500 million (USD317.2 million). This makes the container vessel the second most expensive shipwreck in history after the USD1 billion Costa Concordia salvage operation, owner Daina Shipping Co testified at hearings in Tauranga. After four years of salvage operations, Daina Shipping has applied to the Bay of Plenty Council to leave the remains of the 47,000-tonne vessel on the Otaiti (Astrolabe) Reef.

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The Island of Giglio Misses Its Disaster

A year after the wreck the Costa Concordia left its waters, the picture-perfect Italian island is struggling to stay afloat economically. If you had asked anyone on this Tuscan island last July what life would be like without the Costa Concordia shipwreck, you likely would have heard it would be better without the hulking cruise ship slumped on its shores. Now the residents of this picture-perfect paradise now kind of miss the massive wreck.

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Philippine Ferry sinks out of Ormoc, Casualties Mount

Kim Nirvana, a Philippine ferry was a motor banca, a large canoe-shaped boat. Today it rolled to one side when it reversed course after backing out of Ormoc pier, and capsized, killing at least 38 of those aboard the 33-tonne, wooden-hulled vessel. There were officially 173 passengers and 16 crew members aboard.

It sank fast. By afternoon, only a small section of the underbelly could be seen above water. As rescuers found passengers clinging to the hull and swimming for land, they pulled survivors from the sea and carried them ashore in rubber dinghys. They are continuing to search the deep water where this happened 656 feet from the shore.

At least 118 survivors have been rescued. There are perhaps 38 dead and 33 missing
, but the numbers are changing. EMTs put the injured on stretchers; 53 were hospitalized. Over two dozen passengers walked home. Relatives of the missing are standing by.

Kim Nirvana’s destination was Pilar Island. Authorities wonder how the accident happened in calm waters, Was the ferry Unbalanced? Overbooked? navigational error? The investigation will tell.

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Capsized Eastern Star

After the Eastern Star(Dongfangzhixing) cruise ship capsized in the Yangtze River killing 434 people, China has been dealing with grieving families and angry locals mourning the victims by burning incense and paper money along the river. A 60-person team has been formed to investigate the accident.204 bodies from Eastern Star identified by DNA matching. The ship was built in the 60’s by Chongqing Eastern Shipping Corp. The list of passengers has not been released to the public.

A recent retrofit, passenger cabin doors that led directly out to the ship’s deck were sealed shut and turned into windows made the Eastern Star more dangerous and prone to capsizing.

Feeling in the dark: the difficult search for signs of life on the Eastern Star

Conditions on the Yangtze and the state of the ship set this disaster apart from others

The Eastern Star’s rapid and complete submersion in a muddy waterway has slowed search efforts, making the recovery operation more difficult than those of other major shipping disasters, experts say.

Just 14 survivors have been rescued since the vessel went down on Monday night with 456 people on board.

In the MV Sewol disaster in South Korea last year more than 170 of the 476 passengers and crew made it out alive.

And of the 4,200 people on board the Costa Concordia, wrecked off the coast of Italy in 2012, only 32 died.


Dismantling of Costa Concordia

The wreck of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia arrived at its final destination and is ready for final dismantling, a job expected to take more than a year and cost $114 million.

The wreck was towed to Molo ex Superbacino, where it will be recycled by the Ship Recycling Consortium — a group formed by Saipem (51 percent) and San Giorgio del Porto (49 percent). Those two companies joined forces in September 2012 with the aim of providing green ship dismantling services.

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Costa Concordia Smuggled Mob Drugs

Investigators say that the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship was carrying a massive shipment of cocaine for one of Italy’s most famous mafia syndicates. According to the criminal investigation published in La Repubblica, members of ‘Ndrangheta were taped saying that the “same ship that made us a laughing stock around the world took the piss out of us, too.”

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