2008-12-15

Capesize / capsize

I just read the Financial Times article Rates for shipping charters rebound and came across the term "capesize" for very large container ships.

That is close enough to "capsize" to be broken, especially since the term comes from the need for such ships to pass Cape Horn because they cannot pass the Suez Canal (although for low draft vessels it is possible now). The WikiPedia article says of Cape Horn "... the waters around the cape are particularly hazardous, owing to strong winds, large waves, strong currents and icebergs; these dangers have made it notorious as a sailors' graveyard."

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