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Oil slick seen near Concordia

2012-01-23 23:09

Rome - Italian officials co-ordinating the rescue and anti-pollution efforts on the  say an oily film has been spotted about 300m from the capsized vessel.

The film was spotted on Monday by officials flying in a helicopter and by residents of Giglio island.

Samples are being analyzed, the officials say, but preliminary observations indicate the slick is a light oil and not from heavy fuel inside the Concordia's tanks.

Absorbent panels immediately put around the area seem to have at least partially absorbed the oil.

Earlier, officials said experts can begin pumping tons of heavy fuel from the ship as early as Tuesday to avert a possible environmental catastrophe in the area.

Comments
  • Anakin - 2012-01-24 09:00

    The cruise-liner industry seems to be very slow in learning some basic essentials. Since the disaster started no one has asked the question of how a cruise-liner equipped with the very latest technology runs onto rocks (which were 'not supposed to be there').It should be made an international maritime law that all cruise-liners, oil-tankers and other misc./heavy cargo ships be equipped with under-water doppler radar systems that can automatically prevent them from colliding with ANY under-water objects,be it rocks or floating icebergs.Aircraft use alarm systems such as (a) Ground proximity warning (b) Stall speed warning [stick shaker] (c) Overspeed warning (d) 'Front radar' to give best effort to avoid mid-air collisions. Given that these cruise-liners use the ocean for transport I fail to understand how under-water doppler 'pinging' systems can NOT be installed, thereby leaving it totally to the captain and crew to 'see where they are going'. What is the cost now to (a) Lives lost (b) Loss of ship (c) A possible pending environmental oil-spill disaster leading to (d) Closure of all businesses on Giglio island (e) Contamination of the whole island with permanent damage to marine life.All of these very high risks and high costs against the cost of having a properly installed functional under-water doppler 'pinging' system?It's like removing all the warning systems on Airbus and Boeing airliners and hoping for the best.Not good enough,I thought they learned since Titanic.

      lucas.coetzer - 2012-01-24 09:32

      Very Well said Anakin. took the word out of my mouth. WELL DONE...

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