Originally Posted by nolatom
I would bet on prop control failure depriving capt of reverse, or enough reverse. But we'll see.
New reg coming, I would think--"stay seated till vessel is stopped, don't line up early at the exits" or the like. Downtown New Yorkers will hate this..
The usual practice for most of the fast ferries in NY harbor is to come in 'full bore' until the very last moment and then 'back down' in 'high' reverse to kiss and meet with the dock as rapidly as possible .... probably to minimize the wake risk thats always present.
If you have a mechanical failure or an errant wake hits you at that 'very instant' ........ BLAM.
These ferries are all on very 'tight' schedules. A lot of these ferries carry a lot of 'standees' especially during 'rush hour'.