What happens when a ship goes down, from the Ever Given blocking the Suez to the Costa Concordia hitting a reef? And how can you avoid catastrophic pollution?
The ship comes to a halt, begins to list violently to the side, and capsizes on a reef a few kilometers from port. The distress call is received by the coastguard. The flailing crew members are lifted to safety by helicopters, while support boats dump any cargo that hasn’t already fallen into the sea. Each operation will differ depending on the location, water depth, weather, equipment, and environmental sensitivity.
Step 1: Contain spills and remove fuel
Step 2: Slice the ship apart
Step 3: Remove sections and take them ashore
Step 4: Strip down the ship