I fully agree with my friend Simon Shack that the Costa Concordia
incident at Isola del Giglio outside Tuscany on January 13, 2012, is a scam – like, e.g. 911 2001 at NY! Why do I do it, having worked 40+ years in the shipping/cruise business seeing most of it; design, new construction, operations, maintenance, repairs, conversions, training, ship safety maintenance, etc, etc.? And having had fun on many cruises in the Caribbean, Med and SE Asia??
It is easy! The structural, real
, hull damages we see on real
photos of the port bottom side of the real
ship with a 100 tons boulder (a granite rock piece) are fantasy, Hollywood 911 style and cannot, ever, have been produced by a late night, showboat, flying bye, contact
of a virtually uninhabited island by an irresponsible Master of the ship as alleged by the ship owner.
It is impossible that a ship with draft 8.5 meters scoop up, from bottom of the sea at any depth, a 100 tons boulder and lodges it on top of the 2 meter high inner bottom of the ship itself during a 5 seconds contact.
The photos of the structural damage looks impressive (both Simon and I have seen it and taken pictures of it from a distance) but, sorry … they do not occur in the real world.
So it is was apparently an insurance scam apart from whatever else it was/is? You wonder why a US company like Carnival Corp is involved? The biggest cruise line company in the world! And in every marine insurance scam the Master is always a partner. He has played his role as an idiot well. And will be paid for it.
I, like Simon, assume the real Costa Concordia
ship was, apart from not making any money since long, i.e. losing plenty money for the owner, was virtually empty when the ‘incident’
was staged. The hull damages + boulder seen on photos were apparently done/arranged at Civitavecchia (compare M/S Sharden the other day) and then the real Costa ship was brought to Isola del Giglio outside the port … as seen on photos and videos … and 200-300 paid crew/passenger actors were dramatically disembarked as seen on all faked footage of all kind of the scam … and the ship was simply sank there. That was easy!
The story of a stupid show boat fly bye and a wining/dining Master/blond girls, bla, bla, is just Hollywood fantasy/soap.
I doubt that 4 200 ship wrecked persons, 3 200 passengers, 1000 mostly Asiatic crew, were ever accommodated on Isola del Giglio on the night January 13/14 and then brought by ferries to Porto Sant Stefano on the mainland in the morning and then brought by buses to Rome airport and, bye, bye, travelled back home all over the world in the evening. Sorry Costa Cruises staff. You could not have done it. But provide evidence to the contrary and we can discuss!
And all videos and photos of the incident/night embarkation from ship to Porto Giglio – sorry, they are all stupid fakes 911 style. It seems greed and stupidity and pure madness are behind this scam … like most recent scams.For the records Heiwa
, aka Anders Björkman, 6 rue Victor Hugo, F 06240 Beausoleil, France, tel 0033661725424, email@example.com
, on February 4, 2012. http://heiwaco.tripod.com/news8.htm