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The Ghost fleet of the Recession

Postby Pogotheostrich » Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:25 pm

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The biggest and most secretive gathering of ships in maritime history lies at anchor east of Singapore. Never before photographed, it is bigger than the U.S. and British navies combined but has no crew, no cargo and no destination - and is why your Christmas stocking may be on the light side this year


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive ... apore.html
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Re: The Ghost fleet of the Recession

Postby jfg » Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:38 pm

Light Christmas stocking? I'm going and getting myself a boat!
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Re: The Ghost fleet of the Recession

Postby acsguitar » Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:47 pm

I can haz boat?
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Re: The Ghost fleet of the Recession

Postby The Artful Dodger » Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:45 am

I have a friend who came back from Singapore a few months ago and he told me about the ghost armada nearby. He said when you take off from Changi airport, you're flying right near the fleet. Bloody cool. ;-D

On that note, I'd love to go to Singapore. It's a clean freak's paradise.
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Re: The Ghost fleet of the Recession

Postby AussieDodger » Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:44 am

What happens if teh terrorists steal teh shipz and crash into our piers?

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Re: The Ghost fleet of the Recession

Postby knapplc » Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:14 am

So... the world's fleet of cargo/container ships is running at 88% capacity? And we're supposed to be upset about this? With maintenance down-time, weather issues, crew issues, general business issues, etc, it's hard to imagine these ships running at even 95% capacity. So now we're seeing them sit for a while, not many percentage points below a realistic capacity, and this is cause for concern?

Reading this story it's like the author wants you to think this is some sign of the apocalypse. But one of the comments below the story says there were ships laying at anchor there in the 80s just like today.

There's an ebb and flow to business, just like everything else. This is nothing to panic about.
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Re: The Ghost fleet of the Recession

Postby Mookie4ever » Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:20 am

We consume way too much and can do without 99% of the stuff that is transported in these tankers.
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Re: The Ghost fleet of the Recession

Postby JTWood » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:35 pm

Mookie4ever wrote:We consume way too much and can do without 99% of the stuff that is transported in these tankers.

But there's nothing in those tankers.

Are you saying we need to consume less nothing? :-S
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Re: The Ghost fleet of the Recession

Postby Mookie4ever » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:46 pm

JTWood wrote:
Mookie4ever wrote:We consume way too much and can do without 99% of the stuff that is transported in these tankers.

But there's nothing in those tankers.

Are you saying we need to consume less nothing? :-S



I don't get what you are saying. Those aren't all of the tankers in the world. Did you think that all sea transportation globally has stopped?

I do feel bad for those unemployed stevedores though.
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Re: The Ghost fleet of the Recession

Postby JTWood » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:52 pm

If you were talking about all tankers, why'd you only refer to "these" tankers?

eh? eh?

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