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  1. newda898

    BF Contact for a ship visit

    Whilst the OOW tries their best not to be caught picking their nose or scratching their arse at the wrong time.... In one company it was scary to think how we used to shuffle people round a certain area of the bridge, practically inviting them to lean and brush against all manner of switches that would happily play merry hell with doors and ventilation onboard if one were to be knocked accidentally.
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    Tanker - warship collision

    Edit to add - just realised the Sola came from the oil terminal - rendering half my point..pointless..doh!
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    Tanker - warship collision

    Agree, 90/180 degree random turns, frequently changing speed, and a nightmare to get hold of on the radio, even when you do there's sometimes a long wait while the message gets passed down the line to the person actually driving the thing. Only to throw my tuppence in, looking at that radar replay there's quite a few things that interest me. Warship of course seems to have no idea what's going on. Poor tanker is boxed in unless they can crank round to starboard a bit more, bleating Rule 13 to those overtaking vessels hoping they're paying attention and also have space to get out the way a bit with that other southbound target. As it appears they were all passing pretty close too, that second overtaking vessel had to do a round turn anyway when the Sola hit the tanker as they nearly got taken out too in the whole thing. I don't know the area, depth of water, etc, etc, disclaimer etc, but from the radar replay, it looks rather narrow and the Sola looks to have taken a very close course to that western headland before the whole fun and games kicked off. Incidentally, in that translated page, I didn't half enjoy this little snippet:
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    Ferry collision

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    Goodbye St helen

    One can only imagine the surveyor during her annual survey..... (In best Italian accent) "So Captain..where eez ziss Neeeedles Park zis talks about?"
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    Had -5 this morning going to work, tomorrow will indeed be interesting when the snow arrives trying to keep as much as possible moving. Ice accretion was becoming a dangerous worry and problem on pilot launches and frozen pilot ladders this evening.
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    New cowes floating bridge

    So, being taken out of service, it goes messy with accusations and lawsuits. Strap in..we may be waiting for some time. https://planetradio.co.uk/wave-105/local/news/beleagured-floating-bridge-taken-service/
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    Red Jet 7 - Red Funnel orders another Fastcat

    Wasn't the announcement I was expecting when they said a new vessel, maybe next time. Good that it's being built local again.
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    10 cruise ships in Southampton today

    Well we survived the first day. Let's see what tomorrow brings with 4 of 5 scheduled to leave at 1630 rather than the more spaced out it was today.
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    Normandie Express - Summer 2017

    The bridge crew certainly come from other vessels, towards the start of one summer (last year or the one before) I've had them call up as the "Mont St Michel" or "Normandie" before quickly correcting themselves hoping nobody noticed.
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    Herald of Free Enterprise

    I found the following book to be a fascinating, but sad read: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Zeebrugge-Heros-Story-Stephen-Homewood/dp/0747503850/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1488834612&sr=8-6&keywords=a+hero's+story
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    Hello, this one's mine (and the others named "Portsmouth0xx")
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    Hello, this one's mine (and the others named "Portsmouth0xx")
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    Hello, this one's mine (and the others named "Portsmouth0xx")
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    Hello, this one's mine (and the others named "Portsmouth0xx")