Interesting, isn't it, that the headline given to YBWs report of the preliminary report on the PinkLady/Silver Yang collision majors on the 16 year-old skipper's failure to notice the ship at a range of 1 mile (how???).
But the most interesting bit of the report is
In other words, a supposedly professional officer saw a vessel that he should have expected to give way to, at a range of four miles. He watched it, closing on a steady bearing, for more than twenty minutes ... but still failed to give way. Then, only two minutes before the collision, he made a minimal alteration of course across the bow of the other vessel. And at half a minute before the collision, the only effect of his "hard-to-starboard" would be to swinging his stern to port -- sideswiping the yacht.At about 0125, Silver Yang's bridge watch keeper reported observing one green light to port, on a bearing of 345°(T) at a range of about 4 miles. He continued to monitor it and at 0148½, he altered the ship's heading by 10° to starboard, in an attempt to avoid Ella's Pink Lady. He continued to monitor the closing situation and at 0150, applied hard-to-starboard rudder in an attempt to avoid collision.
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20-10-09, 15:00 #1timbartlett Guest
Jessica Watson failed to notice ship at 1 mile
20-10-09, 15:08 #2Registered User
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I served on a ship as relief mate where the skipper considered he did not have to give wayto yachts.God knows what he got up to on his watch!
20-10-09, 15:10 #3
20-10-09, 16:00 #4timbartlett Guest
No-one (that I know of) has suggested that was the most brilliant bit of seamanship (or seapersonship?).
My point is that most of the news reports have castigated the 16 year-old for her single error of not seeing the ship, which endangered no-one but herself. Very few have criticised the professional for what sounds like a whole succession of errors that endangered someone else.
21-10-09, 08:41 #5
20-10-09, 16:15 #6
Have to say that this report is very different to the account we first heard.
In defense of the chap on watch, he only saw a green light when the boat was four miles away. If I recall my colregs correctly then the lights on Pink Lady would only have had to be visible at a range of three miles so spotting the vessel earlier may not have been possible. We all know how badly yachts can show up on radar screens, even with reflectors.
Now I'm not saying the watch officer was correct in his actions, but how many of you can see a single green light and instantly know whether avoiding action is necessary? It might not be immediately apparent that the range is closing as a steady bearing can also mean a parallel course.
Seems that with the current evidence both vessels are at fault. The cargo ship for failing to give way early enough, and the yacht for not maintaining a proper lookout and failing to take avoiding action once the giveway vessel failed to take sufficient avoiding action its self.
Now the part I cannot comprehend is how Jessica Watson failed to spot a cargo ship at a range of 1 mile when she was monitoring the radar for a reported one minute to ascertain the course of a ship 6 miles away. My experience of small boat radars tells me that a cargo ship one mile away will be such a large contact on the radar that it will almost form a ring around the range line. It will certainly be a big enough blob on the screen to be completely unmissable.
So, is Miss Watson telling the truth yet?
20-10-09, 16:33 #7
Where is this report? It doesn't appear on MAIB
20-10-09, 16:35 #8
It's a preliminary report that YBW have published as news on their home page. The final report won't be out for some time, but we won't let that stop us from jumping to conclusions.
20-10-09, 18:44 #9timbartlett Guest
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20-10-09, 19:38 #10
I'm not saying the chap on watch was correct in his actions, I'm simply trying to explain how events could have played out to end as they did. He misjudged the situation. Even so, it would seem he acted far more professionally afterwards by stopping the engines and making sure that the girl didn't want any assistance before moving on. Which is more than can be said for the bridge watch of the Pride of Bilbao when they ran down the Ouzo.
My comment on whether the girl is telling the truth or not is simply because I cannot imagine how one can see a ship 6 miles off on radar and miss a ship that is only 1 mile away.