10th July, 2013
The crew escaped, and for the next 10 days, the two halves of the ship drifted apart in the Arabian Ocean, each laden with containers.
On 27th June, the rear half sank with all its cargo, in 4km of water.
Meanwhile the front half began to be towed (backwards) towards Oman.
Since 6th July, the front section has been on fire.
The salvage company/coastguard estimate that approximately 90% of the front half’s cargo has already been burnt. Further, because of the possible presence of dangerous chemicals among the cargo, along with large quantities of oil within the hull, they fear the risk of explosion.
Estimate the probability that our stuff is:
- at the bottom of the ocean
- on fire
Assuming that our stuff has survived so far, estimate the probability that it is:
- going to blow up
- going to sink
- going to reach us safe and sound
Update: did you guess right?
The fore half continued burning until its balance was so out of kilter that it sank. It didn’t explode.