Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The BBC has fitted an ordinary shipping container with a GPS locator and is following its progress as it travels the world. It is either stupid or fascinating, I cannot decide which.
It would also be interesting if it went overboard from the container ship. The industry is very coy about the numbers, but it seems that roughly 2000 containers are lost annually and can take up to two months to fully sink. This is one of the most severe hazards to navigation for blue water sailors.