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(WTKR)   You know it was a bad storm when a 751-foot cargo ship washes up on the beach   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, high wind, Virginia Beach, cargo ship, Cargo ship runs aground, container ships, storms, beaches  
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12181 clicks; posted to Main » on 16 Apr 2014 at 11:56 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-04-16 11:38:04 AM  
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Navigating that channel under normal conditions is pretty serious, but throw in some serious chop and wind, especially with a ship with acres of freeboard like that and things can get mighty sh*tty mighty fast.  Note in TFA the collision between the container ship and a rigging vessel an hour later, and the freighters dragging anchor at moorings.  That's seriously dangerous.
2014-04-16 01:07:40 PM  
1 vote:
Was hoping for the cargo but looks empty.
2014-04-16 12:26:25 PM  
1 vote:
Meh.  Was expecting something more like this:
2014-04-16 12:17:19 PM  
1 vote:

Tom_Slick: MooseBayou: Run out there in your dinghy, and put a tow rope on the bow. It's yours.

Not quite, if you had a Tug boat and were able to free the vessel you then have right to bill the owners for the retrieval, if they then don't pay you get to keep the ship. IIRC the going rate for freeing a grounded vessel is between $100-$200 a foot, so it can be a sizable payday.

Yeah, you have to be able to propel the equipment.  The going rate for a 5,000 HP tug to standby or to free a grounded ship, in 1980 was about $1,000.00 per day.  I couldn't guess what the day rate would be now.

Maybe, just maybe, if you had just the right dinghy, and just the right propulsion mechanism ...
RIP, Charles Atlas.
2014-04-16 12:05:11 PM  
1 vote:
It's a gale if a ship washes up on the beach.

It's a cyclone if the ship is tossed up on the beach.
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