Chapter 7

The Recognition Stage

The common problem, yours, mine, everyone’s is . . . findingfirst what may be, then to make it fair up to our means.

—ROBERT BROWNING

The story of the Emma Maersk and crew illustrate able problem recognition. On the evening of February 1, 2013, the container ship loaded with 14,000 containers of cargo suffered a devastating mechanical failure just as it initiated its passage into the Suez Canal. The main engine room flooded and caused the loss of several of the ship’s systems. The good news is that despite a series of unfortunate events, the crew contained the emergency situation and brought the ship alongside at the Suez Canal Container Terminal without personal injury or negative impact to the environment. The ...

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