Oh my: Ship carrying arms to Syrian rebels splits in two, sinks
A ship that was reportedly carrying arms for Syrian rebels has reportedly split in two and sunk
(Hat Tip: Bad Blue
MOL Comfort (ex APL Russia) sank due to yet unclear reasons, sailing
from Singapore to Jeddah and after that to North Europe, leaving behind
hundreds of drifting containers and a huge aftershock hitting liner
sector and all of the maritime industry.
Even the scale of the consequences is hard, impossible, to estimate,
not to mention consequences themselves. This is the 1st case in liner
sector, when modern ocean-going liner container vessel (built in Japan!)
sank in the ocean after breaking in 2 parts, like a poorly built and
managed bulk carrier or over aged coaster. Nothing like this ever
occurred, and no one believed it was possible, even theoretically. It
just could not happen, but still, here it is.
At present stage, even the weirdest theories of the real cause of
this accident can not be ignored, something like explosion or several
explosions, or whatever else one may fantasize.
Putting aside some exotic versions, most likely causes that come into
mind are some basic design and building faults; serious disbalance of
the loaded containers weight due to false cargo weight declarations and
faulty cargo plan; faulty ballasting of the container ship. Most
probably, if that’s the case, the sinking was caused not by just one of
the above-mentioned factors, but by their combination, and triggered by
Labels: Bashar al-Assad, Free Syrian Army, Iran, Nusra Front, Russia, Syria, Syrian uprising, weapons shipment