Nick Sloan, the 52-year-old South African freelancer was the engineering mastermind behind last month’s salvaging the Costa Concordia cruise liner off the Italian island of Giglio.
Not only was it a huge technical success, but also the largest capsized passenger ship in history. The worldâ€™s eyes, courtesy the international news networks, were on the Sloan Ranger leading his salvage team to the successful rolling, or parbuckling, of the 114,500-ton submerged cruise liner.
At a cost of more than 600 million Euros ($795 million) it is the most expensive maritime wreck recovery of all time and according to Nick the “most challenging” in his 30-year career which has taken him to six continents and two warzones.
Donald Trump’s tweet sums up and salutes another remarkable South African legend “â€¦ uprighting of the ship is a MONUMENT TO GENIUS!“