| 10:07 pm on Dec 15, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Read the article in todays paper.
what an absolute shame eh :(
If I could swim, I would volunteer to go down there to assist those machines...
or even more to the point, help their new owners, who now will be waiting longer than ever for their new car.
Absolute Tragedy, the government should offer counselling.
| 10:40 pm on Dec 15, 2002 (gmt 0)|
another 2,000 tons of oil into the sea...
Makes me sad
| 11:01 pm on Dec 15, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Now it's the car's turn to get "soaked" instead of the customer. Perhaps BMW will give away a free wetsuit to any customer willing to take one on a test drive.
Whose anti litter laws apply? France or England? In that 21 mile stretch between island and continent they must be under the jurisdiction of one or the other.
| 11:05 pm on Dec 15, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Let's see. One would have to assume that many of those luxury cars were equipped with global positioning.
One then has to wonder, why not the vessel that carried them? Ah, never mind. Maybe it's just me.....
| 9:08 am on Dec 16, 2002 (gmt 0)|
A third ship has now run into the one that sank and is (I think) stranded on top of it! :)
| 9:13 am on Dec 16, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Truth really is stranger than fiction!
| 1:44 pm on Dec 16, 2002 (gmt 0)|
And the facts are stranger than The Truth!
| 1:46 pm on Dec 16, 2002 (gmt 0)|
"Whose anti litter laws apply? France or England? In that 21 mile stretch between island and continent they must be under the jurisdiction of one or the other."
French territorial waters.
Salvage rights? Would anyone be interested in chartering a boat, some inflatable underwater recovery balloons and a good lawyer? There might be a few BMW 7 series in it for all involved.
lawman- weren't you looking to buy a new car? :)
| 2:05 pm on Dec 16, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Wow. Not only did two vessels run into each other because of fog, another one slams into the one that sunk.
I imagine once those folks get over the obvious, there will be a major investigaion.
Ah, heck. They musta had the Global Positioning switch set to 'off' :o
Yeah, that's it.
| 4:51 pm on Dec 16, 2002 (gmt 0)|
the problem is that ships are WAY too old...
| 5:53 pm on Dec 16, 2002 (gmt 0)|
|The 95 metre-long Nicola, which was built two years ago and had seven people on board, hit the Tricolor as it sailed from La Coruna in northern Spain to Rotterdam. |
| 6:08 pm on Dec 16, 2002 (gmt 0)|
The cars are not transported with any oils etc in them so the damage is minimal. Anyway, I've ordered mine, but without the sunroof!
| 8:00 pm on Dec 16, 2002 (gmt 0)|
|The cars are not transported with any oils etc in them so the damage is minimal. |
So, you know I gotta ask this: How do they get the cars onto the vessel then?
Don't they start the new vehicles up to check performance once they roll off the assembly line?
If so, my next question might be, uh, do they drain each crankcase, transmission, transaxle and fuel cell only to refill them upon arrival at their next port of call?
I know I've seen film footage of them driving cars up ramps and stowing them away. But I've never seen footage of five or six laborers pushing each one up those long ramps and then scurrying back to get another one. That would seemingly make embarkation a logistical nightmare.
I'd reaaaaaaaaaally be interested in knowing how they do that. Could you expain, in detail please?
As for minimal damages, I doubt that 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel could be considered minimalistic.
| 8:25 pm on Dec 16, 2002 (gmt 0)|
The main concern isn't the relatively small amount of fluids in the cars, IMO... it's the thousands of gallons of fuel oil the ship has in it's fuel tanks. Cargo ships don't travel on empty fuel tanks... ;)