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post #23 of Old 03-14-2013
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Re: Ship collision - that is going to leave a mark

Originally Posted by killarney_sailor View Post
I think that watch-keeping on ships is not always that good or professional. Off the coast of Ecuador we had a container ship coming directly at us from astern around noon on a bright, sunny day. One neat thing about AIS is that you can tell exactly that his course is the same as yours and when he will hit you. When I called him on the VHF to ask him what his passing intentions were I got a shocked Indian gentleman who immediately turned about 20 degrees to the left and started heading toward Easter Island (I would have been happy with 5 degrees). He had little excuse with radar, AIS, and eyeballs, but you could? perhaps, maybe, understand since we were probably the only vessels within 50 miles. In the Singapore Strait and other really busy spots there is absolutely no excuse.
Reminds me of my favorite description for situations like that: "Radar Assisted Collision".

Nevertheless, in busy shipping lanes - that's plural - things happen in a hurry. It's impossible to tell from the video alone, but perhaps one wrong helm order and the little guy strayed from his lane? It's not like they're marked on the ocean.

Still, this is Singapore. You can be sure there WILL be an enquiry and we can be fairly sure that at the end of said enquiry at least one Captain WILL NOT be a captain any more...

Originally Posted by killarney_sailor View Post
One question, in this area do ships have pilots?
No. Not unless they're actually entering Singapore...

It's a scary enough place to be on a ship - hence anyone who is mad enough to sail through there on a yacht has my humble respect.

A bad day on a boat beats a good day in the office

Last edited by Classic30; 03-14-2013 at 06:40 PM.
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