The Wall Street Journal reported on a shipping mishap that recently cost Mazda big bucks, but think of the environmental effects this has, not just the dollar per dollar waste cost, but the actual costs that will be passed on to the consumer. Ouch!
The freighter, the Cougar Ace, spent weeks bobbing on the high seas, listing at a severe 60-degree angle, before finally being righted. The mishap created a dilemma: What to do with the cars? They had remained safely strapped down throughout the ordeal — but no one knew for sure what damage, if any, might be caused by dangling cars at such a steep angle for so long. Might corrosive fluids seep into chambers where they don’t belong? Was the Cougar Ace now full of lemons?