Re: Ship collision - that is going to leave a mark
Originally Posted by mad_machine
if it is such a busy strait.. you would think they would have people topside with eyes on
They probably did. At a closing speed upward of 50 kts and in such close proximity to other ships, there is little margin for error. My guess is that's why there were no warnings sounded - there was simply no time to react when they realised a collision was imminent.
All it would take to do this is a small error on the part of the helmsman or (more probably) some glitch down aft at eactly the wrong moment. The other issue is the tide. It is not uncommon for inexperienced captains to misjudge the tidal flow in this area.
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"