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Old 03 September 2014, 14:34   #1
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The buck stops here

The buck always stops with the skipper!
Keep a lookout by ALL means available at ALL times.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency Press Office: MASTER FINED AFTER WIND FARM COLLISION OFF NORFOLK COAST
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Old 03 September 2014, 14:49   #2
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Didn't he have a torch ??
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Old 03 September 2014, 14:56   #3
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I wonder how common it actually is for skippers to navigate using the safety lights. I guess it's been done before, or there wouldn't need to be a company policy prohibiting it!
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Old 03 September 2014, 14:57   #4
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I was of Llanddulas a last week there were a lot of boats and jet skis in and around the wind farm, a guy come on channel 16 asking all craft to leave the wind farm as it was building site and divers were at work, this happend on and off for around 15-20 min's then he requested security, who is security 6 miles out to sea ??
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Old 03 September 2014, 14:57   #5
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I nearly hit a wind farm once, I just didn't see it
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Old 03 September 2014, 15:08   #6
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Regularly done, best to preserve night vision and not rely on searchlights but main thrust probably radar not turned on or not on correct settings or not being observed. Had crew been specifically briefed on that occasion to keep a lookout? Not easy navigating a boat like that in the conditions and trying to monitor all the kit yourself esp if your crew is useless. Some of our crew have been amazingly good and I would sail anywhere with them. I've trained em up to yachtmaster and they are now really good skippers. However some have been errr...b***y useless!

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It was dark and the wind was gusting up to 45mph, with driving rain and rough seas
Should have been up and away before it ever got to that stage but been there and done that...commercial pressures and trying to get the job done/sudden increase in wind speed...but whatever the pressures its the skipper at the sharp end!
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Regularly done, best to preserve night vision and not rely on searchlights but main thrust probably radar not turned on or not on correct settings or not being observed. Had crew been specifically briefed on that occasion to keep a lookout? Not easy navigating a boat like that in the conditions and trying to monitor all the kit yourself esp if your crew is useless. Some of our crew have been amazingly good and I would sail anywhere with them. I've trained em up to yachtmaster and they are now really good skippers. However some have been errr...b***y useless!


Should have been up and away before it ever got to that stage but been there and done that...commercial pressures and trying to get the job done/sudden increase in wind speed...but whatever the pressures its the skipper at the sharp end!
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Yep,bad place on a dirty night,nice wheelhouse
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Old 03 September 2014, 16:07   #9
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.but whatever the pressures its the skipper at the sharp end!
did the island panther have a sharp end after the incident?
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