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Why Loading 30,000 Tons of Grain on a Ship Is Very Risky

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Why Loading 30,000 Tons of Grain on a Ship Is Very Risky

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Loading massive amounts of grain onto a cargo ship the size of Algoma Equinox is a dangerous balancing act. Taking on too little means loss of revenue, while too much can put the vessel at serious risk of capsizing.

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The pressure is on bulk freighter Algoma Equinox as she nears the end of her first full season on the Great Lakes. Her captain is hoping to squeeze in one more trip of deliveries before the seaway's winter shutdown, but a faulty pump and the notorious "Gales of November" have other ideas. Follow this Mighty Ship through brutal weather and tight quarters as she carries 30,000-tons of grain and iron ore across four of the five Great Lakes, through a massive series of canals, and into some very angry weather.

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