So far, as many as seven 5,000 horsepower tugs have attempted to drag the ship off and back into deep water. A specially-equipped barge with massive hydraulic rams has also tried. Now, a dredger has been called on in an effort to dig a channel from the sea to the ship. In the meantime, the cargo is being unloaded piece by piece using first a Sikorsky Skycrane helicopter, then a Russian Mi-26 HALO heli - the world's most powerful helicopter - and now a big mobile crane. A road has been improvised up to the ship.
CargoLaw is doing a fine job of open-source reporting on the continuing fiasco - see this list of sources...
Anonymous contributors* (Lots of them)
SGT Kenton Allen, Transportation Corps. U.S. Army
George J. Brown
Jesse L. Dean
Don Fagan - Our Correspondent in Ensenada.
Dan Fix - Great Lakes
Captain Russ Hoburg -- recently retired from Blue & Gold Fleet, San Francisco - long time Crowley employee -- Palm Springs.
"Took the drive down to Ensenada to see the APL Panama. It is a sight to behold!"
Leslie Marchetti, Marchetti Fine Arts at San Diego.
Greg Mitre - Ports of Los Angeles- Long Beach Longshoreman
Jerome A. Morris
Tim Schwabedissen -- The Cargo Letter, Senior Correspondent
Cecilia Stevens - Galatea Insurance, UK
Papabaja - Our Correspondent in Punta Banda.
Richard Ward - Operations Manager, NYK Line, Brisbane, Australia
Phil Walcher, Engineer on Crowley tug M/V Saturn at San Diego.
Jack Wall - Los Angeles
Meanwhile, a small town has grown up around the cock-up, what with the salvage crew, the helicopter pad, a road being built down to the ship, the deployment of the crane, and crowds of rubberneckers. And, of course, the businesses that serve them...