A ferry carrying up to 150 people has sunk in the Gulf off the coast of Bahrain. David
Having seen a photograph of the boat, I doubt if there was a designer for this death trap. She is not a ferry, but is a standard wooden dhow, with a huge, double height, shanty-town, wooden deckhouse added. The lower deckhouse has tall, unbreakable glass windows and most of the dead were trapped in this area. The upper deckhouse has open sides and a solid roof. I would not have boarded her if I was the only passenger, let alone as one of a 137 on a boat that was licenced for 100. Who issued the license and how much was the bribe.Pompeyfan said:The Dhow's owners, quoted by Al Arabiya television, reported that the traditional wooden vessel may have been overloaded, and saying it was not their decision to sail but that of the tourist company running the trip, and that the captain had been reluctant to sail with so many people on board. The dhow is reported as being licensed to carry 100, but had 137 on board. It is also reported that the corporate party on board were gathered on one side. An onlooker, 100 metres away on his own boat saw the dhow capsize. He said the sea was calm, and there were no heavy winds or waves he told Arabiya. He said that the boat overturned very quickly as it turned left. It just overturned on one side in seconds. Most who died were inside the enclosed restaurant. Those on the top deck found it easier to survive because they jumped off and waited for rescue.
I have always been concerned about tall vessels. These tall cruise ships list like mad when they turn. They are far bigger of course, but the Egyptian ferry was also very tall. If these vessels are overloaded, and passengers on one side, especially in bad weather, it must have some affect on the stability of the vessel. These two accidents has increased my concern regarding the height of a vessel in the conditions both these vessels found themselves in. I would be interested in Fred's views on their design.
I am surprised that other members have not made comment on this tragedy. David