When Nick Sloane got the call to refloat the Costa Concordia (the cruise ship that wrecked off of Italy in 2012), he was in New Zealand wrapping up another job and dreaming about playing golf back home in South Africa.
When he said "yes" to the job he couldn't know that it would take 30 months, 500 team members, 26 nationalities and 130 divers a day in the water to get the big cruise ship off the ground and towed to Genoa, where she would ultimately be dismantled for scrap.
On many salvage jobs, the divers present the biggest challenge, and Nick's story on how he deals with these rock stars of the salvage world is both funny and indicative of real depth in understanding human motivation.
If you've ever wondered about building a team, working under stress, or what it takes to want to go out in heavy weather and stormy seas to perform a job not many people can even imagine, let alone do, then you'll really dig listening to this master of creating calm in chaos.
Too much reading...
How about dessert?