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Piss Poor Damage Control
Sailingdog and Tartan34c:
From numerous news accounts: "Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: 'The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment.' "
Sirs, I am criticising the ship's captain, her engineer, and her owners for losing a ship over a 5" hole in the hull. A ship this size sailing in antarctic waters should be better prepared. No matter where the hole was or how frigid the waters, the ship could have been and should have been saved.
I have dealt with far more serious flooding on vessels larger and smaller than the one in question, all with successful results. I have responded to simultaneous flooding in three compartments on a 180' ship and although it was a very busy day, the ship was saved. You have to have good equipment and good training, you have to have a good team, and you have to get on the case immediately and fight aggressively, but it can be done.