A container ship collided with another today, spilling it's oil and contents into the Indian Ocean. Among it's cargo are hundreds of shipping containers.
There's a lot of scuttlebutt about boats hitting these lost containers out in the open ocean. They supposedly tend to stay afloat for quite some time and tend to lurk just a few feet below the waters surface, so you can't see them with the naked eye. There is no doubt that hitting one would/could result in loss of the boat. And fast.
However - most seem agree that the odds of hitting one are very slim. Still, it is a little unnerving to imagine ramming into a 20 x 10 foot tank submerged ever so slightly below the water's surface.
But you have to wonder - what was in those lost containers? Gym shoes? Plastic fan blades? Lighters? Doll heads? Hopefully not the new cockpit table we ordered! ;)
Brittany & Scott