Originally Posted by martini
36.5 knots in 20m viz is taking the p!ss no matter how good your radar is
Yes, as my previous post indicated, I couldn't agree more!
I wasn't trying to defend the bridge team's decision to not slow down further but I was trying to convey the point of over-reliance on electronic nav aids.
The increased confidence given by such aids coupled with the pressure of maintaining the service unfortunately leads to the wrong decision being made. In this case with obvious disastrous results.
What I will also say is that nowhere in the rules does it say to slow down to a prescribed 'set' speed whilst in fog or poor Viz. It simply says to reduce to a safe speed based on the conditions.
Now I can vouch that an Incat like the Vitesse can (by performing a 'crash stop') stop herself with incredible force throwing you clean of your feet.... Even from full speed. it may be partly based on this that the decision was made to not reduce speed further as 36 knots was wrongly deemed a 'safe' speed.
I have long argued for the need for more stringent 'risk assessments' to be performed and then justified to the authorities to maintain these vessels high speed craft certificate. It you thing of 2000tonnes of aluminium carrying upti 900 odd passengers literally flying along at nearly motorway speeds where not one of the passengers is strapped in..... Well you get the picture...