Boat fail: Roll-on roll-off

End of the road for cars thrown from 5000-tonne cargo ship

In this week’s boat fail the cargo ship Astongate shows a novel way of dealing with its load displacement. A total of 64 cars started the journey from Toyama on the north coast of Japan but only 12 made it to the ship’s destination of Vladivostok, Russia, some 540 miles away across the Sea of Japan. And judging by how much they were rolling around the ship’s deck we doubt many of them were worth keeping. We also suspect that the interested parties could talk nineteen to the dozen but they won’t be able to agree who pays the ferryman.