I wonder if there isn’t a moral issue here. How can shipbuilders and owners countenance the thought that their ship crews are being placed in mortal danger by less than adequate ship design or poorly maintained vessels? Are merchant ship crews expendable? Are relatives and family members of lost crew the only people who care?

For more than two centuries the phrase “Davy Jones’s locker” has been synonymous with death in the sea. Today, with an improved understanding of extreme waves, we have the potential to ensure that the loss of a vessel due to giant waves becomes a rare event. It is time to take the necessary steps, time to slam the door shut on Davy Jones’s locker.

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