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Re: Watch Out for Lost Containers!

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Exactly... Lots of 'Dreamers' around here... (grin)

Gotta admit, the irony is pretty rich, on this issue... Hell, as we've once again been recently reminded, fellow sailors are abandoning yachts on tradewind passage routes without sinking them, and yet we expect shipping companies to invest millions to help ensure our safety out of the goodness of their hearts?

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Here's an idea for you, Jon: Maybe EPIRBs should be fitted with a "please sink me!" button that sends out a special radar signature to nearby ships so that after a fellow sailor has abandoned his floating yacht he can signal them to alter course slightly and remove said yacht-shaped hazard to navigation before somebody runs over it in the night...

..but, of course, that would add extra $$ to the price of EPIRBs and cost shipping companies extra fuel..

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Re: Watch Out for Lost Containers!

On a "world-importance" scale of 1-10, this is somewhere around a .002 so nothing will change unless a container full of radioactive waste or something equally obnoxious washes into NY Harbor or a sailboat carrying some politician hits one and sinks. Something like this will happen sooner or later to spur some kind of response. What percentage of these float for any amount of time? A container filled with ping-pong balls has to be pretty rare. It's expensive to ship air.
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Re: Watch Out for Lost Containers!

Conditions were really rough offshore, its no surprise the ship lost cargo.
The same day this happened the research vessel OCEARCH caught and tagged a 16' Great White Shark at the mouth of the St. Johns River--- Didnt expect to find them there. First ever.
http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2...sonville-coast
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When I was stationed in GITMO, many years ago, those containers came by barge. A tug hauled what everyone called the "supply barge" down once every two weeks. Every single thing going into or coming out of GITMO went by container on this barge.

Unless one has been built, there isn't a pier big enough for a container ship. In the old days when the Battleships would go down there for REFTRA, they were tied out to the Battleship docks in the middle of the harbor and the crews were transferred with liberty boats. I don't think anything bigger than a sub tender can actually dock there.
The containers did fall off a barge bound for Gitmo.
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Re: Watch Out for Lost Containers!

No company cares to retrieve these containers. There is no money in it. They pose a navigation hazard to small craft only. Large ships could care less.
If we could get companies to change the way these containers are made so that they would sink easily would be a huge plus. Some type of (non-explosive)water soluble blow out panel i think would do it.
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The containers did fall off a barge bound for Gitmo.

Doh! If only there had been a link... Doh!!! Doh!!!

Apologies. I will now sit in the corner with my dunce cap on!
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Re: Watch Out for Lost Containers!

I think the lost container situation is a lot lower risk than the wood floating around here. A big deadhead can do as much or more damage than a container (they sink when you hit them then come up like a vertical torpedo). It is a routine risk around here - keeping a proper watch is all it takes to avoid them (usually )

Night sailing is different of course.
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Re: Watch Out for Lost Containers!

Ocean Navigator recently had a good article on all of this. Even address planting locator beacons on them:
A legendary offshore danger - Ocean Navigator - March/April 2013
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Ocean Navigator recently had a good article on all of this. Even address planting locator beacons on them:
A legendary offshore danger - Ocean Navigator - March/April 2013
Yes...and I am still looking for my royalty check for publishing those pics of mine that I graciously gave to that author of that article...

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Yes...and I am still looking for my royalty check for publishing those pics of mine that I graciously gave to that author of that article...

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