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Saturday, 3 February 2007

Who's going to hit one of the 40 missing containers?



Whilst BIGFOOT plays a massive game of Jenga with the MSC Napoli's remaining containers, the owners and the MCGA have issued a revised count of the boxes lost. In total 97 were washed overboard; 57 of these were washed up. That leaves 40 out there. Stephen Ladyman told the Commons on Thursday these are 'presumed sunk'.

Uhm, I don't think that's a safe presumption, dear. All the boxes came off pretty well together. In shallow water. Extensive side-scan sonar searches around the wreck have failed to identify any on the seabed. One of the leisure boater's nightmares is striking a semi-submerged container floating just under the surface. In a steel saily boat or an old Panzer like Raedwald, you at least stand a chance. In one of the high speed displacement cruisers with plastic hulls as thin as egg shells you don't stand much of a chance.

It's just another risk. Theoretically, something could be done; each box could be fitted with a tensioned float with a hammer hydrostatic release to mark its location when sunk. But not worth it.

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