posted on Dec, 5 2007 @ 02:09 AM
reply to post by Hellmutt
Therein lies the rub Hellmutt.
Is there any other sunken ship that has been treated in this manner? I'm not aware of any.
However, there is a precident for using concrete to deal with radiation specifically on ships. Although it wasn't used on sunken ships, a technique
using concrete was developed for the decommissioning of nuclear waste transport ships beginning 3 years before the Estonia sank.
Decommissioning the Lepse
One of the most radioactively dangerous ship in the whole of Northern Europe, the Lepse stores in its hold tonnes of spent nuclear fuel, or SNF much
of it damaged and therefore extremely dangerous to move from Russias civilian fleet of nuclear icebreakers.
It was Chernogorov's assertion in his report that, in order to secure the Lepse from posing further radioactive hazards to the Murmansk region, it
should simply be filled with a special radiation resistant concrete mixture, leaving the SNF onboard in storage.
In October 1991 Chernogorov managed to plug 208 tonnes of concrete into the fissures between the SNF storage tanks aboard the Lepse.
Even more interesting is that in 1994, (the same year the Estonia Ferry sank), the "special concrete mixture" was used to help decommission former
Soviet nuclear reactor training submarines...in Estonia
In 1994, Lennart Meri, president of the former Soviet Rebulic of Estonia met Russian president Boris Yeltsin in Moscow and they agreed to secure
Soviet nuclear reactor submarine compartments in the former 93rd training unit of the Soviet Navy in the Estonian town of Paldiski, 50 kilometers west
“This mixture and the technology of its usage were worked out based on the experience we gained in 1991 during concrete grouting in the spaces
between the tanks of the Lepse. A similar mixture was used in Paldiski,” Chernogorov said. Two surface prototypes of reactor compartments of first
and second generation nuclear submarines with functioning nuclear energetic installations were secured and laid up using the concrete mixture.
When the operation was finished in September 1995, Estonian President Meri, standing without remarks on the concrete sarcophagus over one of the
reactors, confirmed, more articulately than words could have, that the operation had been a success.
In short, maybe the answer to the mystery could be revealed not by asking why they covered the wreck in concrete, but in asking what type of concrete
mix was used, and who supervised the $350 million dollar operation.
So this begs the question, can anyone find records describing the type of concrete used to encase the Estonia Ferry, and who did it?
[edit on 12/5/07 by makeitso]