Slush

“Melting sea ice has also opened up new shipping routes. Russia is now advertising the Northern Sea Route, which cuts the journey time from China to Europe by up to two weeks. … ‘Though you will need to pay for a nuclear-powered icebreaker.'” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23794232)

A step up from a snow-blower.

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Scuppered

“Fifty per cent of all [shipping] accidents are caused by foundering, where a boat sinks due to rough weather, leaks or breaking in two.” (http://www.wwf.org.uk/news_feed.cfm?6633/shipping-accidents-are-a-growing-threat-to-uk-seas)

Are these relation-ships?