Since 1991, there have been more than 50 losses of large ships. There are problems with the scale of design of these huge vessels, problems with all welded structures and problems in service due to corrosion and fatigue. There are problems with dangerous shifting cargoes, particularly heavy ores, and there are problems arising from commercial pressures on the utilisation of these ships.
All these difficulties have been common knowledge for a long time. The Derbyshire was lost in 1980; the Government has rejected calls for an inquiry. The time has come for international action to prevent any further tragedies. How many more lives must be
R. A. SMITH
Department of Mechanical and
University of Sheffield