A second Bermuda Triangle has created fear among mariners. It is located on the East China Sea and has recorded nearly thousands of crashes in recent years.
From January 2007 to December 2016 a total of 1,186 ships have suffered accidents in an area located on the East China, extending from 160 nautical miles from Shanghai, towards Indochina, Indonesia, the Malay Peninsula, the Korean Peninsula and Japan.
2016: A year of accidents
The year 2016, recorded a massive sinking of nearly 34 ships in the region dubbed as the ‘New Bermuda Triangle’ accounting for nearly 44 percent of the accidents in the year.
Moreover, on January 6, 2018, a Panamanian oil tanker ‘Sanchi’ crashed into a freight ship ‘CV Crystal’. This accident caused a massive death toll claiming the lives of 32 people onboard both the vessels.
Unpredictable weather conditions
The experts have claimed that the horrible weather prevailing in the region is the reason behind all the crashes.
For 300 days of the year, strong gusts can reach a staggering 13.8 metres a second, which can create waves as tall as 10 storeys.
Ex-tanker captain Rahul Khanna, the Global Head of Marine Risk Consulting at marine insurer Allianz said, ”The crashes could be down to a combination of bad weather and how busy the area is. Some have dubbed this wide region as a ‘new Bermuda Triangle’. I wouldn’t go that far but it is certainly the number one region worldwide for major shipping incidents”.
He further added, “Not only are the seas here very busy, but they are also prone to bad weather and, although I can’t speculate on this event, some safety standards in the region are not always as high as one would expect from established international standards.”
Bridge to be built over the region
China has come with plans to build a high-speed railway bridge over the New Bermuda Triangle.
Chinese workers are convinced they can complete the high speed railway bridge over the Pingtan Strait within a year, despite experts fears they are constructing in a “no-go zone” for bridge builders.
Strong winds to affect work
The Pingtan Strait is famous for its strong winds and perilous conditions.
The project will see a two level structure built between the mainland and the island that will be a staggering 11 kilometres long – some 45 times longer than London’s Tower Bridge.
Up to 300,000 tonnes of steel and 2,660,000 tonnes of cement will be used to build the bridge, which would be enough to build eight Burj Khalifa towers. The bridge will have an eight lane highway on the top and a railway bridge on the bottom, which will allow trains to travel up to 200 kilometres per hour.
Did you subscribe for our daily newsletter?
It’s Free! Click here to Subscribe!