February 22: Panama River Ferry Capsizes

On 22 February 2015, a terrible accident occured on the Panama River when a ferry carrying over 100 people capsized on the river causing up to 70 deaths. The ferry belonged to the country of Bangladesh; approximately 150 people were on board the ML Mostofa-3 which is supposed to hold only 120 people. The ferry crashed into a trawler causing the ML Mostfosa-3 to turn over and start sinking killing the majority of passengers.

Ferries were made for convenient travelling between two places over water. They glide over most types of water but aren’t meant for deeper ocean water. The invention of the ferry boats made traveling very efficient, but also caused a major increase in pollution for our environment. These boats emit high levels of carbon-dioxide (CO2), when this gas is released traps heat inside our atmosphere causing a general rise in our planets temperature; this is also known as global warming. New ferry designs are being made in order to reduce this problem another thing they are doing to reduce their carbon foot print is look for a different source of fuel to power the ferries. Different types of fuel they are planning to use is Methanol and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) both of these options reduce the amount of fuel and are cheaper options than using the diesel fuel.

Ferries have been around for centuries and are a consistent and efficient way to travel through the water. Although accidents may happen causing death to many, it is not as bad as the death of thousands or even millions due to the amount of pollution it gives off. The threat of global warming is eminent and must be reduced immediately.

–Mario Morelli

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