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Thread: Hundreds of Maersk shipping containers fell into the Pacific Ocean

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    Hundreds of Maersk shipping containers fell into the Pacific Ocean

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/hundreds-...201936182.html

    Terrible monetary tragedy for many but hope no Megos were lost in route...

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    When I read the article and saw some of the dimensions/capacities being discussed, I had trouble comprehending the huge numbers. Here's a link to a graphic that shows how these ships can hold 20,000 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs; 20'X8'X8.5'). It's amazing.


    https://gcaptain.com/worlds-largest-...e-infographic/

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    Another artificial reef

    Fish are probably happy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey View Post
    Another artificial reef

    Fish are probably happy


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    My great uncle was a mercenary, large cargo ship Captain who shared much about this precarious industry. If you read about international shipping, you'll learn of incredibly high loss rates (both on and off ship) that occur for a variety of reasons, including weather, pandemic, spoilage, insurance fraud, politics and war. There are NGO dive teams that have been researching accidental and intentional dumps in recent years (due to record loses and wash-up evidence) and have found many of the containers burst/fail placing everything imaginable across our ocean floors. The fish are not so happy, and we are eating a whole bunch more micro-plastics in the food chain.
    Last edited by Confessional; Jan 23, '21 at 11:29 AM. Reason: …happy happy, joy joy!

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    ^ --- your Great Unc was a large cargo container ship Captain ?

    That is the coolest thing I've heard all month.

    Is he still with us ?

    Would love to hear his thoughts on all things related to the seas
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    ^^ Yeah Mike, and a mercenary Captain too… meaning he freelanced (to the highest international bidder) to move difficult/challenging vessels and cargo from off shore through the Panama Canal.

    One unforgettable life lesson, you can solve most problems at sea with $10,000 in cash, a gun, and an expensive bottle of whiskey. Explaining, sometimes you only need one, and other times you're going to need all three.

    He lived one of the most amazing lives I've ever known of, from lying about his age to gain an apprenticeship in the Merchant Marines and ultimately seeing the world by sea, to being a professional poker player and highly skilled day trader. He was an incredibly smart, funny, and very generous gentleman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Confessional View Post
    ^^ Yeah Mike, and a mercenary Captain too… meaning he freelanced (to the highest international bidder) to move difficult/challenging vessels and cargo from off shore through the Panama Canal.

    One unforgettable life lesson, you can solve most problems at sea with $10,000 in cash, a gun, and an expensive bottle of whiskey. Explaining, sometimes you only need one, and other times you're going to need all three.

    He lived one of the most amazing lives I've ever known of, from lying about his age to gain an apprenticeship in the Merchant Marines and ultimately seeing the world by sea, to being a professional poker player and highly skilled day trader. He was an incredibly smart, funny, and very generous gentleman.
    Wish he wrote a book

    I'd buy it
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