Friday, February 03, 2006

Look at the photos. Did anyone think the ship would stay afloat in wind?

Here is the ship that went down in the Red Sea.

And here is a sister ship that had not yet undergone a major refit.

The ship was "improved" years ago to add about 400 passengers to her capacity, and (it looks like) 3 decks above the original superstructure. From the photo, it looks like a hell of a lot of sail area in a cross wind. The news I heard was that the Al-Salam Boccaccio 98 got under weigh during a sand storm (that's wind, isn't it).

Here in the US, someone would wind up going to jail for that.

So much for weebles wobble but they don't fall down.


My brother commented that a fire caused the sinking, but it still didn't seem that was the answer. Uh, yep, we can both be right.

The minister said Saturday an initial investigation showed a truck erupted in flames in the hold of the ship.

After the crew tried to put out the fire, the captain's efforts to turn the boat around caused it to tilt in heavy winds and ultimately sink.

Some survivors later described the tilting, saying it occurred slowly before the vessel sank.


Hey, check this out.

Fathi Kamel cried out: "Allahu Akbar (God is Most Great)" when he heard that his nephew was among the survivors.

What do you wanna bet some folks flinched when he yelled that?

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At Sat Feb 04, 07:54:00 PM, Blogger Gavriel said...

Another story reported it was a fire below deck. That's not to say it doesn't look unsafe, and the other story reported gross neglect (worse than gross) on the part of the crew. One way or another, somebody is going to lose their head on this one.

At Sat Feb 04, 10:51:00 PM, Blogger Wade said...

See what I get for not following the mainstream news.

Still, a fire below deck doesn't seem to explain everything. Eh, I'll go read more.

I still don't think that whole add-a-deck system for profit-centering is a great idea.

It looks like a schoolbus with a vw van grafted to the top. Just not safe.

At Sat Feb 04, 10:59:00 PM, Blogger Wade said...

Hey Gav, check the update in the body. We are both right. Of course, I'm more right than you, because I could tell from the photos what happened. You had to read about it, and then criticize ME.


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