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Old 28 March 2011, 10:42   #21
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I read 36.6kn 16 2011-03-28 06:40
I was just checking and got the same answer.

Looks like an almost "crash stop" shortly after 06.40 with some time then spent re-tracing her tracks.
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Old 28 March 2011, 11:40   #22
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Yep, you guys are right. I'd been overzoomed and was looking at their return speed to the crash site. They are cavalier after all!
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Old 28 March 2011, 13:13   #23
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Hi Erin

Cavallier? (Dont worry, i realise it was tongue in cheek)

To be fair, i can vouch for the professionalism of those involved and understand the pressures and distractions that they have to deal with. I say this not because i'm generalising about overall standards of officers in the MN, but because i know a good percentage of the officers involved in this particular case.

It will be easy to critisise them for not slowing down further (if it was really 36knts) but i would urge people to not cast dispertions of reclessness as, i can quite confidently say, that that would not have been the case.

Extra look-outs would have been brought up onto the bridge, both Master and Chief Officer would have been scrutinizing the radar screens, the fog horn would have been set to auto (admitedly not doing much good if she was at 36knts) and generally the mood on the bridge would of been one of concentration.

Sadly going back to my previous posts, commercial pressure plays a HUGE part in a Master's decision to choose to slow down or not. Yes, if she was at 36knts then it would seem obvious to most as being an unacceptable speed in fog however, when both your Radar sets pick up no targets then sadly, due to previously mentioned pressures you make choices which you may have not normally made.

Pressure needs to be applied from the Government to the shipping companies in order to force a change of attitude towards maintaining a shedule at all costs, even at the cost of safety. (although shipping companies always deny this, especially some of the less reputable ones)




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Anchorhandler ... surely the people with greatest potential to change that issue are actually the MN officers themselves, for speed to be a contributing factor (if it was) they are complicit by paying attention to the company's pressures.
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As the son of a Master of Northern Ireland Ferries until his retirement I can totally disagree with you. I don't care to mention how many times I had to hear my father rant about the shore offices and accountants. They do not care that the MN officers put their careers at risk on every crossing only about time tables and earnings. According to the accountants the boats don't make any money only the sales offices do!!!

If the officers don't ensure the timetables they lose their jobs anyway.

Rant over but the shipping companies bear 99% of the blame in all these incidents.

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Rant over but the shipping companies bear 99% of the blame in all these incidents.
If they are running an organisation with a culture like that it is only a matter of time before they end up with a corporate manslaughter charge. Of course their safety management system will say the master is in charge of such decisions which is why I think it is not reason.able to say the guy on the bridge is almost blameless (talking generally here as I don't know any real details of this case). Collectively the masters could force change but even an individual could make a difference if he were prepared to put safety before his own career. A sacked master is a terrible liability for any future corporate manslaughter case.
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Anchorhandler ... surely the people with greatest potential to change that issue are actually the MN officers themselves, for speed to be a contributing factor (if it was) they are complicit by paying attention to the company's pressures.
'evening Polwart

Sadly it's a case of 'not biting the hand that feeds' for most officers and crews involved in the ferry trade.
If a Master slows down or refuses to sail due to weather conditions then the ships phone will be ringing nearly immediately with someone from 'operations' looking for a justifiable explanation. Now bearing in mind that the Master bears ultimate responsibility for the vessel and has the final say then in theory that should be the end of the story.
Unfortunately Masters are made very much aware of the cost implications should a ferry miss or delay a sailing and although a more senior, experienced Master may have the conviction to stand his ground, many others feel under pressure to perform.
Most on here will have felt a certain nervousness and increased sense of responibility when taking a group of friends out on their ribs, especially at night time or in poor weather conditions well spare a thought for the Masters of ferries (including and perhaps especially high speed ferries) who have the responsibility for not only the crew but potentially several thousand passengers also. In my 22 years serving on ships as diverse as oil tankers, ferries, anchorhandlers and now a more office based position I can safely say that I have come across very few who could be considered reckless or unprofessional.

Luckily, the MCA are very much aware of the main Offenders amongst shipping companies and keep a close eye on them..

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Its the same in any industry, buggered if you do, buggered if you don't!


Just ask any long distance lorry driver about pressures applied to get the job done quicker.


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No doubt ,commercial pressures or otherwise it will be all down the very basics of seamanship ,
safe speed and failure to keep a proper look out ?

having said that at this stage we dont know the full story and reasons or actions from either party .
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