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Old 03-13-2008, 12:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wired article: Salvaging the Cougar Ace car carrying ship

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Really good feature piece describing how this 4000+ vehicle carrier nearly capsized, was abandoned by the crew & captain, and rescued by a US salvage operation.

It was full of brand new Mazdas destined for the North American market - Miatas, CX-7's, Madza 3's... all strapped down on the cargo decks, heeled over at a 60 degree angle.

Mazda shredded them all after the ship was righted & offloaded. Even though there was no apparent physical damage to the majority of the cars, they couldn't guarantee them afterwards.

Whee, lawyers!

Still an interesting read.

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Old 03-13-2008, 01:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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To bad for the cars, good for the ship.
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Bah they should have sold them at a super reduced rate, no warranty, and a waiver.
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Old 03-13-2008, 07:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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They were probably also thinking about what that might do to the sales of new vehicles... Plus the insurance co. probably paid for it all.

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