April 7, 2009
Holes in bow make ship shorter
Here's one that gives the word "loopholes" a whole new meaning.
New Zealand's Dominion Post reports that Maritime NZ has allowed Coastal Bulk Shipping to class its 48.6 m long fertilizer carrier Anatoki as shorter than 45 m long after drilling some holes in the bow.
The shorter length allows the ship to comply with less rigorous international regulations and to sail with fewer crew.
Apparently, drilling the holes (seen here in a photograph from the New Zealand Company of Master Mariners) makes the original bow a "false" bow. A new watertight bow has been fitted internally several meters aft of the original bow.
Read The Dominion Post story HERE
Read the New Zealand Company of Master Mariners posting HERE