The team that keeps the ships afloat

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Hamburg. Still 650 nautical miles to Osaka and rough waves on the Sea of Japan. No problem for the High Sea Trader sailing under the fl ag of the Bahamas. What the captain is hearing from his chief engineer sounds far more serious. The man was sent to investigate a mysterious noise coming from the engine room, and his diagnosis is not very pleasant: one of the fi ve-ton cylinder liners has failed. The loaded ship, carrying grain in bulk, is able to continue its journey, but it is of utmost importance that the damaged liner be quickly replaced. In order to maintain the shipping company’s schedule, the High Sea Trader must arrive in Osaka in two days, where it can then rest for a day before setting off again. A delay would be quite costly; the average charter rate for a bulk carrier is approximately $50,000 per day.

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