If you want to see for yourself some of the extraordinary dangers that modern seafarers face on a daily basis (and, in consequence, why their welfare on issues such as crew changes are such pressing problems), take a look at this horrifying video taken from the bridge of a bulk vessel at anchor in the Black Sea, as it breaks up in rough seas, courtesy of gCaptain. “The incident took place on 17 January when the Palau-flagged Arvin broke in half and sank at a Black Sea anchorage off the port of Bartin. The 1975-built ship was reported to be carrying 2,902 tons of urea. Sadly, this incident did not end well. A day after the ship broke, six of the ship’s 12 crew members were still reported missing.
This article was initially published at The Load Star
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