Bad case of hogging
A little over three weeks ago, after departing Saudi Arabia, the container vessel MOL Comfort unexpectedly split in two, as shown in the photo left. All hands were saved. Needless to say, that did not portend well for the ship and its cargo. Despite attempts at salvage and towing, it’s surprising that the two new vessels floated as long as they did. On June 27, MOL Comfort Aft slid beneath the waves. MOL Comfort Fore stayed afloat until July 11th, catching fire before it also sank, taking 1600 tonnes of fuel with it. Those different dates and hundreds of nautical miles distance will cause endless snags in normalized databases, whose designers assumed a ship could sink but once, and in one spot.