Five billionaire friends have paid €10m (£8.5m) each towards the cost of building the luxury yacht, in return for a suite. Most of the €250m bill will be borne by wealthy, which will operate the ship as a seaborne private club for its elite members.
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These are abstracts of the report of a study done by MARITIME ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION BRANCH (MAIB) of U.K., which highlights the risks involved in the lifeboat launching system during drills and its actual use and also on the real necessity of having a lifeboat in conjunction with other LSA on board.
Despite all efforts to reduce maritime accidents through improved safety measures and technological advances in navigational aids, there will be occasions oil or other harmful substances are spilled from a vessel as a result of:
In most accidents, the master, takes immediate action to ensure the safety of his crew, the preservation of the ship and to stop or limit the loss of cargo. This may also involve the operation for salvage of the ship. Salvage is a super-specialty maritime operation which is concerned with saving a vessel from being damaged further, saving her cargo, saving or limit environmental damage from a ship which has experienced an accident.
The organization which does this operation of salvage is called Salvor. As per the International convention on salvage, 1989”A Salvage operation means any act or activity undertaken to assist a vessel or any other property in danger in navigable waters or in any other waters.”
Salvage is a highly technical and complex process which, whenever possible is best placed in the hands of professional salvors. This blog is a brief description of the more usual salvage methods which will be interesting to be read by all mariners, engineers and navigators alike.
During the heaving method, the force is provided by heaving on the towing lines with a winch or hydraulic ram.In” heaving gear”, at the end of the ground leg, a series of blocks is used to increase the pull. Several legs of beach gear may be needed to free a large vessel. Heavy weather conditions may provide the energy needed to move the vessel in the direction of the tow.
For a towing attempt, a wire rope is used as the towline, sometimes in conjunction with a nylon spring and/or a chafing chain. Modern salvage tugs are fitted with powerful towing winches and often carry tow wires up to 2000 meters in length and 76 mm in diameter.
There are several methods for refloating the stranded vessel and cargo lightering, is often the quickest and most effective method.
It should be clearly understood that salvaging a ship is a complex process and invariably comprises of one or more of the methods mentioned above and is a trial and error process. Even with these conventional methods many new novel methods are tried and tested for complex salvage operation throughout the world.
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