Poland: Bungling At All Levels

Bungling At All Levels

On Feb. 8 the 2,000-ton Polish freighter Busko Zdroj foundered in a gale 100 miles off the Danish coast with the loss of 24 of its 25-man crew. Following a lengthy inquiry, a maritime court in Gdynia has found that the loss of the Busko Zdroj was the result of official bungling.

Testimony revealed that the vessel, one of twelve designed in Poland but built in Rumania in the early '70s, was virtually doomed from the day its keel was laid. When the ships' designer saw the haphazard way in which they were being constructed, he complained to Polish authorities and...

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