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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
My understanding is the CG could deem a ship (and or crew) "Manifestly Unsafe". (Seeing Bounty was the only ship in the Atlantic sailing into the path of a Hurricane, I would think CG would easily consider this voyage manifestly unsafe no matter what they knew or did not know about the ship.) Once this is done, the captain or comanding officer of the ship would be required to comply with any order given by the CG, including not leaving port, return to port, or abandon ship. This control measure was implemented during the "Perfect Storm" of 1991 towards the SV:
Yes I guess so but for that they had to know Wallbridge intentions. When he leave port did they know that he was not taking shelter in one of the ports along the way? Did they know that he was not going strait East putting space between the ship and the Hurricane? Did they know that he was riding the Hurricane? I doubt about this last hypothesis but if so, yes, the CG should have prevented the ship to sail out of Port.
On the case you mention (Westsail) a mayday was deployed by the crew (without the agreement of the Captain if I recall correctly), and only after that the boat and the voyage where considered unsafe.
On this case, even if they had systems out of order and were making water they didn't even send a Pane Pane to the CG. When they released a mayday the boat was already lost and when the CG arrived to the scene the boat had already capsized and they were on the water.
I don't know if the CG had enough information to justify preventing them out of Port, but clearly this and the Westsail situation are different case scenarios.
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Last edited by PCP; 02-25-2013 at 02:44 PM.