Someone is going to be in trouble!
In a statement, the US Navy said the destroyer crashed into Philippines container ship ACX Crystal 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, off the coast of Japan, around 2:30am local time.
A US defense official confirmed the destroyer suffered flooding in three compartments.
According to Japanese broadcaster NHK, one person is injured and seven are unaccounted for
As I witnessed two maritime collisions during my time at sea and I was watching from the open deck on each occasion and neither of the accidents was due to bad handling by my ship but due to freak weather conditions, which I suspect is the case in this instance.
The first one was when we were tied up at Greenock on the Clyde when during a half gale a fully laden iron ore carrier was attempting to sail up the Clyde towards Glasgow aided by two tugs. Un fortunately the tugs couldn`t control the tow and the strong wind drove the iron ore ship straight into us resulting in similar damage to us as seems to have been the case in this instance. The National Trust for Scotland cruise which we were due to sail on the following day had to be cancelled and we spent the next two weeks in dry dock for repairs.
The second accident occured in Vigo in Spain when we were edging alongside the quay to tie up There is a large rise and fall in the tides there which resulted in one of the makeshift fenders which are intended to hold the ship off the quay becoming jammed in the quay and the other end becoming jammed in one of our storm valves and as we were still manourvering to come alongside.Iit resulted in the fender punching a hole in the ships side. I should mention that this fender was made from a log of wood over which was threaded a number of car tyres. They make excellent buffers between the ship and the quayside Unfortunately due to the large difference between high and low tides the chains which hold the fender against the quayside need to be lengthened or shortened several times during each tide.but this had been neglected on this occasion whith the afore mentioned result. However we were able to have a large patch welded over the hole and we completed our cruise without losing any time.
The only other explanation could be ( useing all my Maritime knowledge ) is that maybe Del Boys "Uncle Albert" was at the Helm.
I think i heard that the weather was calm on the news this morning. I live near Southend and the pier has been rammed on a couple times over the years by cargo ships and the enquiry found the watchman had been asleep i wonder if this happened here though with all the aids they have these days makes you wonder. It's qite amazing that 2 relatively small specks can collide in such a vast expance of sea oh well thats sods law at work.
True, a touch of complacency creeping in i agree about the aids i'm also sure the warning bells were ringing well before the incident my car has a range of gadgets some of which i have'nt used yet but one i have on all the time is lane change warning which if i try to change lanes without indicating the syatem warns me assuming that i've fallen asleep surely some warning bells would have been sounding on what i'm sure is a fairly modern ship.
Hope you are having a pleasant afternoon a bit hot here to do too much.
I think I will wait for the film to come out.
My knowledge of how things are done in ships of the Royal Navy ,and by any other countries fighting ships for that matter is almost nil.
Sorry; I am getting off the subject slightly aren`t I, but the two subjects are closely related
I appreciate the input of those members who were in the Royal Navy and that their knowledge of what goes on, on the bridge of RN ships is much greater than my own so if their views are different to my own on this matter I will bow to their expertese.
I do confess that I am somewhat lackadaisical - it's only two years since I realised that there is a handhold in the boot lid (hatchback?) to save me reaching right up and grabbing the lid itself.
Last week as I got in I banged my left knee. I thought 'Strange!' - had a look and saw a handle below the steering column which had somehow come down - goodness knows why. I knew what it would be but never knew until then that the car had an adjustable angle/height steering wheel. I must read the manual sometime.
Unfortunately (looking at a copy of 'A Seaman's Guide to the Rule of the Road.') Admittedly twenty five years old...
Rule 15 clearly states that: "When two power-driven vessels are crossing so as to involve a risk of collision, the vessel which has the other one on it's starboard side shall keep out of the way and shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, avoid crossing ahead of the other vessel.
Reminds me of the old tale about the USS aircraft carrier insisting that a Canadian lighthouse should give way and change course.
Green being the colour of the Starboard Light and Red being the port. Easy to remember if you think of the drink Port being red
One of the ways to save on costs is to have semi skilled seamen on the bridge.
I well remember when I first went to sea being told by an older wiser hand than I was to speak to the Indian seamen only in English as they could speak better English than I could speak to them in Hindi. This was if there was a misunderstding in my instructions to him it would have been down to him and not me. A cowardly way to my way of thinking to ensure I did not take the blame and pass it onto him
I wonder if something similar happened here
I remember a trip to Iceland in 1963 when we were heading for Reykjavic[?spelling] when we were passing to the south of Iceland itself and we came across an island that hadn`t been there when we made a similar trip the previous year. We knew of course that this island was there although the area hadn`t at that time been thouroughly surveyed and didn`t approach to much closer than a couple of miles away from it and the island hadn`t even been named as yet. The icelandic authorities were worried in case this wasn`t the only island there, there could have been another one close by which hadn`t broke the surface yet. and shipping was warned not to approach too close just in case. Even so we were able to see the island in spite of the thick black smoke whic enveloped it and which the wind occasionally parted briefly.
As far as I remember the new island was probably only twenty or so feet high at this time The island was subsequently named SURTSEY. Look it up !