Some years ago a Brisbane Maritime lawyer arrested a bulk sugar carrier after it had loaded in Cairns and a major Court battle developed. The cargo could not be taken off (the port only had equipment for loading sugar, not unloading it) and the vessel was moored off Cairns for many months over one of the hottest summers in history. When the hatches were opened at the end of the dispute it was found that, as a result of the heat, ingress of water and pressure in the (semi) sealed holds, the entire sugar cargo had turned to rum!

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