John Konrad sent this on email from one of his contacts:
I have run across something that one does not see very often.
A quick opening manhole hatch cover on the deck of a barge that was
involved in an extreme heavy weather incident failed.
The engaging rods of the handwheel mechanism BENT down (presumably as
a result of panting). The paint flaked off of the engaging rods as
well as the flat bar stiffeners.
The barge took on 35 tons of seawater and the result was almost $2mm
in damage. Has anyone ever seen this type of heavy weather damage? If you have, let us know.