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Gallery Of Container Ship Wrecks

http://www.containershipping.nl/casualties.html

In looking at some of these images, one feels the agony of the skipper involved.
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Pretty informative, and more than a little scary. Thanx for posting.
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Wow, such which one of those was Sailaway driving?

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Ya see, Sailaway, that's what happens when you don't set an anchor watch. (smile).

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I'd draw your attention to the second photo of the Nedlloyd Barcelona. Those containers are eight feet tall each, the photo was shot from the bridge deck, and I have been fortunate to have never been at such an angle to seas. The only way that you can get the photo angle that you see is in truly large swells.
You'll notice that in the heavy weather damage photos that substantial damage occured aft. Contrary to popular belief, bow to the seas is not the point of most relief in heavy weather. Due to high winds, and the large sail area of the vessels, it may be impossible to maintain steerage way. In the really nasty stuff, you're forced to lay with the seas on the quarter. You'll roll, boy will you roll, and quite deeply. Attempting to meet such seas bow on is to break the ship, if you don't stove her in first. Eventually, with the seas on the quarter, you'll roll deeply and some containers will take a boarding sea. Once one of the lower ones is damaged the uppers will exacerbate the damage.
Notice how little damage to the ship herself? Containers are relatively weak.

All of the groundings were GPS assisted, Cam. (g)

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No, Dad. That's what happens when you should no longer be at anchor. Well out to sea is much better. In high wind, by the time you start dragging, it may be impossible to manoeuver. And yes, that would be an interesting one to read the NTSB report on. Rumor has it that more serious damage was not sustained because a nearby Catalina, riding to a Rocna anchor, passed them a line, thereby stopping their shoreward progress. (g)

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http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t...lflorida01.jpg

Has to be this one. Note that's its rather severely tilted to the right !! Tragically so in fact.


(Hmm, this is odd. My PC is off being serviced and I'm temporarily on this one. Cannot make the pic links work. Anyone have any clues ? Obviously I don't have one.)

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I've often wondered if the ownership of these ships uses weather forecasting to determine the loads. In other words, if you have a good "weather window" say Hamburg to Baltimore, then pop on 10% more than usual. That extra 10% would be a lot of pure profit. However, if the "weather window" closes....

Anybody in the shipping biz?

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