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This Ship's Poor Safety Record Inspired a Grim Nickname

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In the course of investigating the sinking of the MV Derbyshire on September 9, 1980, a shocking number of similarly-built ships are revealed to have sunk. It earns these vessels a grim moniker: the coffin ships.


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Massive cargo ship MV Derbyshire, carrying nearly 160,000 tons of iron ore, is passing through the Northwest Pacific en route to Japan. Just a few days from her destination, a raging typhoon swallows up the ship and all 44 people on board. Witness the investigation launched by the family of the doomed ship's crew members, and see how their dogged determination for the truth uncovered a shocking problem potentially affecting an entire fleet of bulk carriers.

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