Yes it’s all the clever people that got the world into this environmental catastrophe and it’s going to take cleverer people to get the
Capt Ranjan Chowdhury, who sailed the Suez canal frequently during his 35-year maritime career, said the canal pilots, mandated by the SCA to steer transiting ships and aid tricky navigation on the waterway, contributed to problems.“The canal pilots play music inside the bridge, and there’s a lack of AIS-supported backup,” he said, in reference to the tracking system used on ships. “They connect to it with a computer, but the canal pilots are very over-confident when it comes to navigating by sight. Every time they’re eating food, smoking, talking a lot and asking for bribes which keeps them very busy. Navigation is an art, and if you lose concentration for a second while navigating a narrow channel, it should be investigated.”“We call the Suez canal Marlboro country,” he added. “If we provide them with a big carton of Marlboro cigarettes they’re happy. Not every captain has done their homework before transiting through the Suez canal.”
Ever Given is an Ultra Large Crude Carrier (ULCC)
Mark Wright said;QuoteEver Given is an Ultra Large Crude Carrier (ULCC)Pedant hat on - Ever Given is a container ship (a very big one) and not a ULCC which would be a tanker.Bigger ships (certainly wider ones such as aircraft carriers) can transit the canal, but every ship that does so has to meet certain dimensional constraints (not just beam and length) before being authorised to do so. It will be very interesting to see what the inevitable inquiry will find with regards to the causes of this.At the end of the day, 400,000t of ship has an awful lot of inertia and extremely difficult to unstick even if it grounded at modest speed. Especially somewhere with next to no tidal range (c.30cm from memory).
Isn't that the 'Law of the Sea'? I naturally assumed all of it worked like that
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