Watch an 1100-Foot Container Ship Bend and Twist in Rough Seas in the Indian Ocean

by Owen James Burke

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Screenshot from video (below) taken aboard the Skagen Maersk.

There’s nothing structurally wrong with this vessel; if large ships like these–nearly a quarter of a mile long–weren’t designed to give way to pitching, rolling and yawing, they’d snap clear in half.

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Screenshot from video (below) taken aboard the Skagen Maersk.

Some vessels caught in high seas with heavy loads do break in half, like the MOL Comfort incident in 2013.

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The 2005-built MOL Comfort experienced “hogging”, or convex longitudinal deformations before her hull snapped amidship off Yemen in 2012. Photo: Marine Log.

Watch video of the Skagen Maersk in high seas below, and read more about the vessel here.

–OJB

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