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- vessel /VES-uhl/
- bow /bou/
- stern /sturn/
- dislodge /dis-LOJ/
- probability /prob-uh-BIL-I-tee/
[noun] – a large boat or ship
The vessel will reach the port about two days from now.
[noun] – the front part of a ship
The bow of the ship hit the rocks along the bank.
[noun] – the back part of a ship or boat
Please watch over the stern as I take over the helm.
[verb] – to remove something or someone, especially by force, from a fixed position
Eating bananas can dislodge fishbone stuck in your throat.
[noun] – the level of possibility of something happening or being true
There’s a huge probability that the prices may increase this year.
Approximately 12% of global trade passes through the Suez Canal, making it an important route for such. The 120-mile canal is the shortest known link between Asia and Europe, and about 50 ships arrive at the port to carry out their day-to-day trade. Due to the incident, ships will have to find alternative routes, but the travel will take about two weeks longer. Delay in delivery of goods, fuel, and other essentials are to be expected. An increase in fuel prices also has a high probability.
- Do you think the removal of the giant vessel may take longer than what the authorities expect? Please explain your answer.
- In your opinion, should the helmsman (person who steers a boat or ship) be responsible for this incident? Why or why not?
- What else do you think the authorities should do to help dislodge the cargo ship?
- Aside from the mentioned possible effects in the article, what other factors do you think would be affected by this incident?
- What should a ship crew do in preparation to avoid this accident from happening again?