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Clearing up the Channel

The English Channel is possibly the worlds busiest seaway. It's not surprising then, that a sunken car carrier slap bang in the middle of the Channel is the site of one of the world's largest salvage operations. As the site says:
The ‘TRICOLOR’ is a 1987 built Norwegian flagged vehicle carrier, which, in the early hours of 14 December 2002, was struck by ‘Kariba’, a 1982 built Bahamian flagged container ship in the French Exclusive Economic Zone some 20 miles north of the French coast in the English channel.

TRICOLOR sank as a result of the impact of the striking and was eventually declared a total loss. In December 2002 French authorities ordered the TRICOLOR to be removed, as it was perceived to represent a danger to shipping and the environment.
An excellent site, showing the work being done to remove a massive sunken ship from a very hazardous position in the English Channel.

[Update: and there's lots of cool machinery involved!]


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Aug. 3rd, 2003 03:27 pm (UTC)
I am genuinely astonished that there is a website devoted exclusively to the salvage of this particular cargo carrier. Presumably there is somebody at Smit Tak who doesn't have enough to do....
Aug. 3rd, 2003 03:28 pm (UTC)
So was I. It had to be blogged.
Aug. 4th, 2003 08:09 am (UTC)
It's like movie websites. Websites are cheap, and this is such a staggeringly huge budget for a project (which really makes anything we web-folk come up with look a bit pathetic) that they've quite probably spent more on gaffer tape overall than on the webbage.
Aug. 4th, 2003 08:11 am (UTC)
Especially as it's the insurance companies that are paying for it all...
Aug. 4th, 2003 08:37 am (UTC)
..or perhaps it's an effective exercise in PR
Aug. 3rd, 2003 03:53 pm (UTC)
I was working for BMW when the ship went down... one of the technicians in Hastings got a message sent down to his palm...

LOCATION >>>> er about 40 odd miles off the coast...

Well, we found it funny at the time.
Aug. 4th, 2003 06:24 am (UTC)

Big machine pr0n!
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