Costa Concordia

What is going on in Len Brown’s office


A few months ago there were reports of Len Brown’s team sitting him down and telling him the gig was up.

Len Brown of course, being the narcissist he is brazened it out despite the leaks of details to the media and the soft promotion of Phil Goff.

Yesterday more leaks started about another ruction in his office and WOBH can confirm that Phil Wilson, Brown’s former chief of staff has been appointed the new head of Governance for Auckland Council. ? Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi An aerial view shows the Costa Concordia as it lies on its side next to Giglio Island taken from an Italian navy helicopter in this August 26, 2013 file photo. The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner is set to be refloated within 10 days, to be towed away from the Italian island where it ran aground and capsized two and a half years ago, the group organising the removal said on July 3, 2014.

Photo: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
An aerial view shows the Costa Concordia as it lies on its side next to Giglio Island taken from an Italian navy helicopter in this August 26, 2013 file photo. The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner is set to be refloated within 10 days, to be towed away from the Italian island where it ran aground and capsized two and a half years ago, the group organising the removal said on July 3, 2014.

Capt Francesco Schettino Teaches Panic Management Course at Rome University

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Cock tax sunk Costa Concordia

The mistress of the captain of the Costa Concordia has finally admitted her role in the sinking of the ship.

Domnica Cemortan, a Moldovan dancer, admits she was having affair with the Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino.

A Moldovan dancer who was on the bridge of the Costa Concordia the night it smashed into the Italian island of Giglio admitted for the first time that she was having an affair with its captain, Francesco Schettino

After nearly two years of publicly denying they were lovers, Domnica Cemortan, 26, made the admission after coming under intense pressure during cross examination during the trial of Capt Schettino in Grosseto, Tuscany.

She refused at least three times to answer the question of whether she and the 53-year-old married commander had had a relationship, prompting Giovanni Puliatti, the judge, to threaten her with criminal proceedings unless she told the truth.? Read more »

Parbuckling and the Costa Concordia


For those interested…I sure am there is a live streaming of the attempt to right the Costa Concordia. It seems to be going well at the moment.

The official website of the project is fascinating.

The technique used is called parbuckling.

Parbuckle salvage, or?parbuckling, is the righting of a sunken vessel by applying leverage to rotate the vessel into an upright position from one where it is either on its side or fully inverted. A common operation with smaller?watercraft, parbuckling has been used successfully to right large vessels.?USS?Oklahoma?(BB-37)?was rotated nearly 180 degrees to upright after being sunk in the?attack on Pearl Harbor,?TH, and the?MS?Costa Concordia?is being?parbuckled?off the west coast of Italy.? Read more »

Rena vs. Concordia and why the Boy MP should STFU

Gareth Hughes, of the green taliban, burned copious quantities of fossil fuel riding in helicopters and jet planes in a bid to highly politicise the running aground of the MV Rena off the coast of Tauranga. He told us that there would be devastation, that livelihoods would be ruined and the beaches would run black with oil forever.

He was wrong. Now you can barely see what remains of the Rena, the mess has largely been cleaned up and the salvors have completed a pretty damn good effort. In fact most people have forgotten about the Rena now…so much so that couple of the top beaches in the green taliban’s own little state funded campaign this summer are in the top ten.

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Salvaging Costa Concordia

via the tipline

I was sent this pdf with some explanation about how the salvors may go about salvaging the Costa Concordia:

Concordia Salvage

Rena vs Concordia – Oil recovery

Gareth Hughes from the Greens and the Labour party made a huge deal about the recovery operations for the MV Rena when it ran aground on Astrolabe Reef. They said that the government should ahve been pumping oil off the ship well before they actually started and that it could?have?all been done inside 4 days.

Compare the response that was provided by the Government adn the salvors of the MV Rena with the efforts of Italian?authorities?on?the?Costa Concordia salvage:

It?s been nearly a full month since the Costa Concordia ran aground just off the Tuscan island of Giglio, and after two weeks of delays salvage workers yesterday began pumping operations aimed at recovering most of the half million gallons of fuel aboard the badly listing Italian cruise liner. Roughly 84 percent of that fuel is stuck in 15 large tanks, and pumping that volume out of the ship will likely take another month–and that?s with the pumps running around the clock.

Pumping fuel from a capsized and largely unstable vessel the size of the Costa Concordia isn?t going to be a simple chore. First, valves must be fixed to the tops and bottoms of each of the tanks beforehand–much of this preparation has been underway for weeks–and hoses attached to each. Then, the fuel must be heated to reduce its viscosity and get it to flow easier. Fuel then goes out via the top valve, and seawater is piped in the bottom to fill the vacuum left by the exiting fuel.

That’s only half the battle. From there, salvage workers have to figure out how to deal with 500,000 gallons of potentially hazardous petroleum fuel.

I wonder of Gareth Hughes plus the other whingers who complained might like to actually apologise to the Government?and?to the salvors for the brilliant job they did do in difficult circumstances with the MV Rena.

Bear in mind MV Rena was 20km off shore whereas the Costa Concordia was at rest beside a harbour.

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Prison is probably a better option

Prison might be a better bet for this bloke. At?least his missus won’t be able to castrate him for borrowing a Moldovan dancer’s knickers.

The captain of the capsized Costa Concordia could be sentenced to a cumulative total of more than 2,500 years in prison if convicted of causing a shipwreck, abandoning ship and multiple counts of manslaughter, it emerged on Monday.

The length of sentence was calculated by Italian newspapers, which totted up the jail terms that Capt Francesco Schettino could face if convicted on all the charges that are expected to be brought against him.

He could face an eight year jail sentence for every one of the 300 passengers and crew he allegedly left on the crippled vessel when it grounded on the shores of Giglio island on the night of Jan 13.

He reportedly escaped in a lifeboat and watched the rest of the evacuation from shore.

He would face an additional 15 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter and another 10 years if found guilty of causing the shipwreck.

A total of 32 people are now feared to have died in the accident, which happened when the 950ft-long vessel sailed too close to Giglio?s rocky coast at the beginning of a week-long Mediterranean cruise.

A court in Florence on Monday heard a request by prosecutors in the case to have Capt Schettino, 52, removed from house arrest at his home in Naples and returned to prison. Prosecutors argued that there is a risk he could try to flee the country or interfere with evidence before his trial starts.

Schettino has a new Job

Former Italian Cruise ship captain Francesco Schettino from the Costa Concordia began his new job as a bus driver yesterday?

Maybe she was lending them to him?

It is possible that the personal items of a Moldovan stripper…oops..I mean dancer, that were found in Captain Schettino’s cabin were “just resting there” after she lent them to him for a crew fancy dress:

Items of clothing and lingerie belonging to Domnica Cemortan, a Moldovan former dancer, were found in the cabin of Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, it was reported on Thursday.

Divers found the clothing, as well as a beauty case, when they searched the private cabin of Capt Francesco Schettino, 52, who faces charges of abandoning ship and manslaughter, according to La Repubblica newspaper.

The items are believed to belong to Miss Cemortan, a 25-year-old former cruise ship dancer and tourist rep who had dinner with the captain on the evening that he accidentally steered the 950ft long luxury liner into rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio.

Miss Cemortan reportedly told prosecutors in Grosseto, Tuscany, this week that she was ?in love? with Capt Schettino, who is married with a teenage daughter.

She was interviewed for nearly six hours on Wednesday by prosecutors in a police station in Grosseto, Tuscany, amid reports that divers had found some of her belongings in Capt Francesco Schettino’s cabin.

According to Italian press reports, based on interviews with prosecutors, she said she had fallen deeply for the skipper ? despite him having a wife and a teenage daughter.

“I love him, and it’s not right to destroy his reputation,” Ms Cemortan allegedly told investigators. “Everyone is hammering him.”

I guess it is possible that the Captain was also in charge of lost and found and she had recently misplaced her thong, bra, and other personal effects and Captain Schettino was just guarding them.