Click to go to Forum Home Click to go to maXbimmer Home

Go Back   maXbimmer Forums > Misc > Off-topic
User Name
Password


Welcome to Maxbimmer.com!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 08-14-2003, 12:01 PM   #1
Rolled_Out
Just chillin...
 
Rolled_Out's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: toronto
Posts: 4,099
Remember the ship of BMW's that sank last year?



ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands, Aug. 6 - Smit Salvage has been besieged with calls ever since a Norwegian-registered ship with thousands of luxury cars on board sank late last year in the English Channel.
The callers - used car salesmen, junkyard dealers and modern-day treasure hunters - guessed correctly that the Rotterdam company was the likeliest candidate to raise the sunken ship, the Tricolor, and its cargo of 2,871 BMWs, Volvos and Saabs, worth about $40 million.
What they did not fully consider was the corrosive effect of eight months of being under saltwater; but neither were they aware of demands by the cars' manufacturers that not so much as a stray nut or bolt find its way from the sea floor to a store shelf. The carmakers feared possible liability claims.
Sitting in his office overlooking the Erasmus bridge here, Smit Salvage's managing director, Hans van Rooij, said there was not much one could salvage anyway. Everything, from the cars' engines to their electronics, was lost, most of all that new car smell.
"It's gone," he said with a smile. "It's long gone."
Smit, a division of one of the world's largest maritime services companies, Smit Internationale N.V., and several partner companies are just days into a 35 million euro, ($39.7 million) three-month salvage of the 20,000-ton Tricolor, one of the most complex and difficult operations in the company's history.
Smit is the same company that two years ago raised the Russian submarine Kursk, which sank in the Barents Sea in August 2000 with two nuclear reactors and 22 Cruise missiles on board. Its crew of 116 sailors and two civilians died.
There was no human tragedy in the Tricolor's sinking; almost miraculously, its entire crew survived despite the ship's quick descent into dark, wintry waters.
With everyone safely ashore, the Tricolor's demise left something else hanging in the balance: the fragile images of luxury car companies.
Smit said the manufacturers were concerned that pictures of their smashed vehicles, sparkling with saltwater, could become public. Try as it did, Smit was unable to prevent just that from happening.
"When we are in the middle of the ocean, we can control things," Mr. van Rooij said. That proved more difficult in the Belgian port where the first section of the Tricolor now rests.
"We can't put curtains up and stop people from making photographs," he said.
In the early hours of Dec. 14, the Tricolor sank about 20 nautical miles off the coast of Belgium, in French waters, after a collision with the Kariba, a container ship. The Tricolor's 24-member crew was rescued.
"It's actually amazing that they got off the vessel because it happened very quickly," said Ivar Brynildsen, claims manager for Wilhemsen Insurance Services, a division of the company that leased the Tricolor. "They were swimming around in the water," he said, referring to the night as "cold and dark."
The Tricolor - the size of a 10-story apartment building - quickly sank, and has been lying on its side in about 130 feet of water. The wreck - 623 feet long and 105 feet wide - was subsequently hit by two other ships, further damaging its already weakened hull. Making matters worse, oil began leaking from the vessel, ending up on nearby beaches.
Smit realized early on that the Tricolor - damaged and twice as heavy as the Kursk - could not be raised whole. So it set about devising a plan to cut the ship into nine sections, each weighing from 2,000 to 3,000 tons.
The company erected two, four-legged platforms on either side of the Tricolor and then ran a saw cable or cutting wire between them. The first section - containing the propeller - was sawed off last Sunday.
Before a section is hoisted, about 40 holes are drilled into its side, allowing two cranes to hoist it onto a pontoon ship, which then transports it and the remnants of the cars it was carrying to the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.
The challenges of the Tricolor salvage are compounded by its location: a crossroads of one of the world's busiest sea lanes, between the Belgian and English coasts.
Sea traffic and strong currents limit the salvage effort to eight hours a day compared with the Kursk wreck, on which Smit worked around the clock. Smit has from 150 to 200 people at the Tricolor site.
"It's an enormous, busy place," Mr. van Rooij said. "Lots of vessels are passing day and night. Small vessels, big vessels. And we are in the middle of it."
Smit's assignment from the car manufacturers is a tough one: find every possible part. The companies prefer that not a single screw remain on the sea floor.
The reason is simple. Should a car part salvaged from the Tricolor wreck ever find its way into a car in the United States and malfunction, its manufacturer could conceivably face liability claims.
BMW, which lost about 300 cars in the Tricolor wreck, is adamant that that not happen.
That is why Smit - in conjunction with the carmakers and insurance companies - decided against a burial at sea for all of those BMWs, Volvos and Saabs that sank.
They are slated for the shredder.

__________________
"**** the haters...we have no competition"

Last edited by Rolled_Out; 08-14-2003 at 12:04 PM.
Rolled_Out is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2003, 12:08 PM   #2
Gamite
Moderator
 
Gamite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Toronto
Posts: 21,082
I see volvos
__________________
www.gamite.net

Gamite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2003, 12:19 PM   #3
Rolled_Out
Just chillin...
 
Rolled_Out's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: toronto
Posts: 4,099
i see a white 330i
but, thats only one piece of the ship, they cut the ship in pieces w/ a thin metal wire! the pic might not be the section where the bimmers were, or whatever, there were 300+ BMW's on there!
__________________
"**** the haters...we have no competition"
Rolled_Out is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2003, 02:25 PM   #4
BimmiN
3rd Gear Member
 
BimmiN's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Victoria - BC
Posts: 518
Send a message via MSN to BimmiN
__________________
-=BimmiN=-
BimmiN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2003, 06:16 PM   #5
sirex
King Sirex
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Toronto
Posts: 9,850
that sucks.. it would really suck for the company, but im sure its insured.
__________________
sirex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2003, 06:18 PM   #6
Rolled_Out
Just chillin...
 
Rolled_Out's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: toronto
Posts: 4,099
then it sucks for the insurance co. !
40million worht of cars lost, plus and expensive boat
__________________
"**** the haters...we have no competition"
Rolled_Out is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2003, 06:45 PM   #7
Mitch555
Retired MaXmember!
 
Mitch555's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Mississauga
Posts: 3,989
Thatz fukt!!!!!!!
__________________


MY ENGINE SWAP: HERE!

Life Is A Tough Teacher, It Gives You The Test Then The Lesson.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mystikal
just do it once, do it right.
Mitch555 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2003, 06:56 PM   #8
JeRsEy
2nd Gear Member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Toronto Ontario
Posts: 130
Send a message via ICQ to JeRsEy Send a message via AIM to JeRsEy
hmm...maybe that is why mine never showed....hehe
JeRsEy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2003, 07:03 PM   #9
TiemenT
6th Gear Member
 
TiemenT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: the Netherlands
Posts: 2,257
Send a message via MSN to TiemenT
just horrible man
__________________

Don't steel Pasta's SIG!

------------------------------------------------
- Range Rover Hamann 5.0 Vogue V8 Sold for M5
- BMW ///M3 CSL
- E60 M5 on April 12th !
TiemenT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2003, 07:05 PM   #10
Mitch555
Retired MaXmember!
 
Mitch555's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Mississauga
Posts: 3,989
I think I see an X5... not 100% for sure though.... last pic... in the middle.... Maroon colour. Is that an X5?
__________________


MY ENGINE SWAP: HERE!

Life Is A Tough Teacher, It Gives You The Test Then The Lesson.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mystikal
just do it once, do it right.
Mitch555 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2003, 08:33 PM   #11
Lennon
6th Gear Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Victoria, British Columbia
Posts: 3,379
Send a message via ICQ to Lennon Send a message via MSN to Lennon
No, its a Volvo XC 90
__________________
1990 735iL under construction.....
Lennon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2003, 09:36 PM   #12
Kurt Schneller
3rd Gear Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: South Africa
Posts: 392
I'm gonna go diving for a M3 and M5
__________________


I'l make a better one later...
Kurt Schneller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2003, 11:09 AM   #13
///Milk
BangSentra
 
///Milk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: California
Posts: 7,777
Send a message via ICQ to ///Milk Send a message via AIM to ///Milk Send a message via MSN to ///Milk Send a message via Yahoo to ///Milk Send a message via Skype™ to ///Milk
wow....now that is just brutal
i thought most of cars wouldnt be harmed.....
__________________

///Milk


2006 Nissan Sentra 1.8S
2009 Ford Focus SES Sedan
///Milk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2003, 01:43 PM   #14
sirex
King Sirex
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Toronto
Posts: 9,850
lol, hmm submerged in salt water? I think that would do it.
__________________
sirex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2003, 01:48 PM   #15
///Milk
BangSentra
 
///Milk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: California
Posts: 7,777
Send a message via ICQ to ///Milk Send a message via AIM to ///Milk Send a message via MSN to ///Milk Send a message via Yahoo to ///Milk Send a message via Skype™ to ///Milk
Quote:
Originally posted by sirex
lol, hmm submerged in salt water? I think that would do it.
o...it sank in salt water?
__________________

///Milk


2006 Nissan Sentra 1.8S
2009 Ford Focus SES Sedan
///Milk is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Maxbimmer Copyright 2001 - 2015