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 El Faro  (Ro Ro Cargo Ship > Vehicles Carrier)
6 hours ago by Timsen

VDR will be recovered in August
The National Transportation Safety Board announced on June 29 that the mission to recover the "El Faro" voyage data recorder will be launched from Little Creek, Va., during the first week of August, and was expected to last about two weeks. The new launch date was necessary because that was the soonest that all of the resources needed for the mission would be available. After investigators collaborated in May with scientists and deep water recovery experts, to determine how the VDR could be recovered given its proximity to nearby obstacles, the NTSB contracted with the U.S. Navy Supervisor of Salvage to assist in the recovery effort. The naval resources participating in the recovery effort include the USNS "Apache" and CURV-21, a remotely operated underwater vehicle. Investigators from the NTSB and the U.S. Coast Guard, and engineers from the U.S. Navy and Phoenix International, the operator of CURV-21, will be aboard USNS "Apache" when it departs for the accident site near the Bahamas. The trip to the accident site is expected to take three to four days, followed by five days on scene to recover the VDR. After the VDR is recovered and USNS Apache returns to shore, the VDR will be brought to the NTSB laboratory here, where investigators will examine the VDR and download and analyze any information it may contain.

 Ievoli Ivory  (Offshore Vessel > Offshore Tug Supply Ship)
6 hours ago by Timsen

Ievoly Ivory raised wreck with hundreds of migrants aboard
On June 29, the "Ievoly Ivory" was raising the wreckage of a boat, believed to have carried at least 700 African migrants, which sank 193 kilometers south of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Apr 18, 2015. Naval engineers attached salvage equipment to bring the sunken boat to the surface two days ago. The Italian navy has recovered 169 bodies so far, but hundreds more were believed to be locked below deck. The boat’s portholes, hatches and other openings were sealed to ensure that none of the bodies were lost as it was slowly winched up from the seabed. It was lifted onto a barge which was being towed by the "Ievoli Ivory" to the port of Augusta in Sicily. It will then be lifted onto dry land and covered in a vast, refrigerated tent-like structure, in which forensic experts will begin the task of trying to identify the victims. The structure will be 30 metres long and 10 metres high to accommodate the boat. The operation to recover the corpses from the wreck will be carried out by the national fire service and by personnel from the Italian Red Cross. The bodies will be examined by medical experts from various universities … with the aim of gathering useful information that will enable the corpses to be identified. Report with photo: www.voanews.com/c... www.wsj.com/artic...

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