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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

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" they probably don't float all that long "
You'd be surprised at what floats and how long it floats. Anything boxed with foam styrene inserts, like all electronics and appliances, has that buoyancy forever. Big old heavy TV sets with leaded glass picture tubes? Yeah, they had positive buoyancy forever because of the volume in the picture tube. I guess sailors should be thankful for flat screens, but thosde are usually wrapped in plastic bags, guess what will trap air and keep them floating too? Cargo cube full of snack foods in poly or foil bags? Float forever, those bags won't pop or soak.
I plopped my first pair of "guaranteed waterproof" binoculars in a sink to make sure they really were, while they were still new & easily returned. Guess what? THEY FLOAT. Because of all the air inside the heavy metal and glass tubes.
Got a box full of sockets and wrenches? Heavy steel? Sure, now check out the blow-molded platic case they are in. Floatation again!
For a couple of seasons Dave Letterman had a "Will it float?" segment on. You'd be surprised at what floats, and how long it keeps floating.

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If they keep losing containers in the ocean, then the ocean sea level will rise. It is like putting too much sand in a bowl of water, the water will rise. Someone should be responsible to go retrieve them.
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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

did someone watch that movie ( all is lost) and get the idea that ur just gonna happen to hit a big crate full of shoes?
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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

A Fukushima container with a Harley in it made it to a beach in B.C.
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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

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A Fukushima container with a Harley in it made it to a beach in B.C.

Another lose for the Pacific Gyre.

Theres been a steady stream of junk from F to BC, hasnt there? Surprised its still happening.
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Another lose for the Pacific Gyre.

Theres been a steady stream of junk from F to BC, hasnt there? Surprised its still happening.
Speaking of which...

This is a strange one. First time I've ever heard of hitting floating debris that subsequently became AIRBORNE, and took out a radar unit... That's a tough one to picture, seems it would have been more likely to have been something that had some structure or projection floating well above the water to begin with...

Sure, someone was on watch at the time... the question might be, was he AWAKE ?

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Yet another reminder, you don't ever want to have to make that transfer from a small yacht being abandoned at sea, to the deck of a container ship...

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"Whatever we hit had destroyed the front of our starboard ama. The unknown object then apparently became airborne and slammed into the starboard side of the main cabin with sufficient force to detach two cabin lights and knock much of the lining off the inside of the hull. We also noticed a 3-foot hairline crack that was dripping water by the V-berth. Two of the starboard windows were damaged, presumably from the flexing of the hull. The forward starboard tramp and forward starboard rigging were dragging in the water. The force of the impact even managed to dislodge the radar unit mounted several feet above the waterline aft of everything. Whatever we hit must have gotten at least 10 feet in the air and flown 20 feet back.

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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

Coming from the land of driftwood I could imagine a situation where you hit a small tree lying semi submerged. Stump end does the hull damage and top swings up and over to wipe out the radar.
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Have you ever hit a shipping container?
I have not. My buddy Robert Redford did in his movie.

Good luck on your report. Hope it is informative and unbiased.
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Good luck on your report. Hope it is informative and unbiased.
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Re: Have you ever hit a shipping container?

Zombie thread from 2012 springs to life...
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