Explanation emerges for why it got flooded (incl. generators and engines) so quickly, the ships of these class are fitted with a hollow propeller shaft. So damage to the shaft allowed water to flow inside shaft and emerge here and there, passing through any existing watertighting system. Now the Norwegians and Spanish are quarelling about who is responsible for the construction choices defects.
But a great solution has been found :O) they have put some inflatable plastic bags inside the propeller shaft, to (possibly) block water ingress. So these 1\2 billion euros ships needs some pieces of plastic to save them from built-in sinking properties. lol.
Since the crash, they have not managed to lift the carcass even 1 cm.
The megacrane has been laying 99,9% idle since arriving near the scene at the end of November, only very briefly being in action for securing and preparation tasks. Owners and crew must be very, very happy, making a fortune while on a long holiday.
Total costs so far around 50 million euros, and everything still only maybe's and if's. But they got to try something someday. After seing what's been (not) done until now, am expecting only more ridiculous troubles and delays, but wish them luck and success.
Results after 3 months:
Going from this:
Ahh, now I suddenly understand the why and how: it got a '13' number painted on it !
To be a little more fair, some of the money and time has been used stopping pollution, emptying fuel tanks, removing ammo\missiles\torpedos etc, which has been successful.
^^^ Frankly, am just waiting for some next big 'thing' happening in the region. With the current frenetic activity to pump up money from the ever increasing offshore wells (faster, less cost etc), waking up one morning to news of a local 'Deepwater Horizon' (was on film4 the other day) would not be surprising at all.