The “Kirki” notwithstanding, I can assure you that, with proper inspections and maintenance
, the 'front' (or pointy end) never falls off. Nor does the back (or not pointy end).
Proper priming, painting and sealing of any "cardboard, paper, string or celotape” structural members should adequately protect against the occasional (rogue) wave.
The rare occurrence of the front (pointy end) falling off is considered a “design flaw” and is not usually easily remedied by the crew, who learn to sail with it.
Crews don't like it.
Owner companies dislike having large pieces of ship falling off and going their own way. Particularly, the pointy end. This makes for very inefficient fairing below the waterline, resulting in higher operating costs, particularly fuel oil consumption
; and we all know what that costs.
companies don't like it.
underwriters don't like it.
Regulatory agencies don't like it.
National and local governments don't like it.
Barristers and lawyers generally do.
So do Australian comedians!
Just in case anyone actually thinks this is a real interview, it’s a hilarious satire performed by a brilliant Australian comic duo, Johnny Clarke and Bryan Dawe.
See more of them on the ABC website: The 7.30 Report - ABC
Or: MR JOHN CLARKE
See also Major Oil Spills in Australia
"Kirki" - Western Australia (July 21, 1991):
Major Oil Spills - Kirki