|Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):|
Would it be possible to lower someone down and start the engines? Then properly sail it in to port?
|Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 10):|
I would want to wear protective gear (and possibly a gasmask) before entering the galley or the fidh holds.
There would be a lot of issues to be overcome to get the ship started.
First, if it has indeed been buttoned up tight for a year, you have 'confined space entry' issues - plenty of things in the mechanical spaces that might cause an explosive or unsafe atmosphere (corrosion, fuel/oil, batteries). For that you need a marine chemist to certify that it is even safe to enter. Rotting galley/fish holds/human remains make this even worse.
And that would be the 'ideal' scenario LOL. More likely there has been plenty of salt water contamination down through the vents and inadequately secured or corroding hatches, into the electrical runs etc. Keeping after the normal damage caused by operation in a salt water environment is a full time job for a ship's crew and shoreside support. Drifting unmanned at sea for over a year, it has got to be a mechanical disaster in many respects. Even something as simple as the diesel fuel being contaminated by salt water or abundant bio growth is an issue.
Even if you could get it running, it would not be a safe place for that crew to be...with much of the comms and survival gear likely to be compromised it would be a death trap in a storm.
A far less risky solution to this Flying Dutchman
would be to have another ship just tow it in. Not much financial incentive for the owners to do it, but if it becomes a hazard to navigation or approaches shore that is probably what will happen. Sinking would be the cheaper choice but as already has been mentioned the environmental issues would prevent it.
|Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 7):|
Exactly. If all hatches were properly closed, it will on the inside probably look like new. A few weeks on a slipway and a new coat of paint and this ship should be workable again.
I normally agree with what you write, but I'm more pessimistic about this, having gone through about 8 major shipyard periods with vessels that were continuously and meticulously maintained. Looking at the rust etc. on the topside of this ship I'm thinking that much of its equipment is trashed - constant exposure to the salt with no lubrication/maintenance will seize these things up pretty quickly. At the very least, all of the working gear topside will have to be overhauled, all the interior tanks/bilges opened, inspected and cleaned, and a fair amount of the electronics/electrical equipment replaced. Could be several months' work depending on how bad it is.
|Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):|
You think a rat colony could survive for a year on an abandon boat?
Wouldn't surprise me...they might all die out but not before chewing the hell out of everything first!
[Edited 2012-03-24 13:03:13]