RUBBISH! most shipping lanes are close to land and the clouds generally require the heat from sun on land to build! so there will be more storms close to land, the area Sardinia- Rome -Genoa is a mass of storms virtually every night in summer! having cruised the area several times it is interesting that a nice tall metallic structure the ship on a flat sea has NEVER been hit whilst i have seen hundreds of lightning strikes down to the sea??