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Bryan Young

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Re: Pirates !
« Reply #75 on: May 28, 2012, 06:35:46 PM »

Just caught up with this thread, but one of the earlier depositions queried the use of the Suez Canal. Don't quite know why as most (if not all) pirate attacks are south of the "Horn of Africa" (Cape Guardafui).
But there are many reasons why a ship would prefer going around the Cape of Good Hope rather than via the Canal.
For one, not all ships transitting out of the Persian Gulf are going to Europe or North America. Be a bit silly if you were going to South America.
Secondly, "tankers" are basically a floating pipeline. With sufficient ships en-route the ships speed/distance is immaterial. Given enough ships they could plod along at 5 knots as long as they continue the flow.
But there is another consideration. The "Load Line" regulations. Why, do you think, the Load Lines (Plimsoll Line to some of you) has the markings such as WNA (Winter, North Atlantic), "S" (Summer), FW (Fresh Water) and so on?
The route around the Cape used to be classified as a "rough" area and so ships had to be loaded more lightly, but that was changed so ships could be loaded to their Summer marks as the passage around the Cape was of small duration. There are charts showing all the various areas where ships have to be at a particular "load" when transitting. BY.
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Re: Pirates !
« Reply #77 on: May 29, 2012, 11:31:11 PM »

did someone say pirates ?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbRHTmVr9bQ
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