The Indian Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Coastlines, the Far East, who knows how many marine crafts are traveling across these vast waters at any one time, to say nothing of any of the great lakes cooling the earth’s continents. And what should happen to any one of these crafts if it were to be, quite literally, stuck in the middle of the ocean? Unless something seriously dramatic has occurred, the captain of that distressed ship is quickly able to radio out for replacement marine parts which could be airlifted from the nearest coastline at a moment’s notice.
But then again, that is rarely likely to happen these days. When last have you heard of an ocean-faring disaster occurring, to say nothing of coastline incidents? These days, the responsible merchant sea captain would have already prepared his decks and down below adequately. If an engine should blow down below, already stored replacement marine parts can be whipped up right away. In the event that there have been engine failures that could not be responded to immediately owing to the ship’s captain and crew not being prepared, you can expect to read all about it in the merchant navy news.
You can expect plenty of enquiries. And perhaps even immediate dismissals, perhaps even worse, owing to the fact that lives will be at stake, to say nothing of the countless millions in property damage on decks and below. Lloyd’s underwriters have also been forced to buckle up and tighten their belts over the last number of years. Be that as it may, there should be no excuses going forward owing to the fact that sourcing replacement marine parts if and when needed is a lot easier than it would have been in the past.