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  1. The MCA removed all UK manning requirements from UK flagged ships years ago at the behest of the Tory government. The only ships requiring a UK Master, the only rank stipulated, are strategic ships, Product Tankers, RoRos, Class 1 Passenger and fishing boats >24m. I wonder if the EU will be removed from the list of approved nationalities on Jan 2nd? Recently the MCA increased the fees for revalidation of Certificates and medicals, the only price reduction was for CECs, the buy one get one free method whereby foreign officers are given a UK equivalent cert. I applaud the French uni
  2. A ship in actual dry dock, ie out of the water, will generally run on shore power. Cooling water can be provided by pipeline if required. Ships just laid up in a wet dock, alongside anywhere, can also run on shore power or on one of its own generators.
  3. A bit late for the media in this country to start worrying about jobs for British Seamen!
  4. the two Commodores, Goodwill and Island were designed specifically for Berth 1. So much so that each only had bunkering facilities on the port side at the Pilot door. When they moved to Berth 5, the Island had gone, the Goodwill was modified with a bunkering station up top midships.
  5. Kinel! If the Barfleur and Pelican have trouble in Poole with strong winds god knows what the Bore Bay will do! Is this permanent?
  6. I would say 8 minimum, 9 if there is a cook.
  7. Maybe better to make her properly sea worthy before a long voyage.
  8. The Clipper is running from Poole all week with the Arrow taking up the slack in Pompey.
  9. Those smoke floats are impossible to extinguish and stain anything they touch orange.
  10. Apart from calling the ferry on the VHF the container ship could not really do much. At 17 knots there would not have been time to start the engine or heave the anchor. What if it had been a drifting not under command ship? Pretty poor to criticise the anchored ship.
  11. The link above has been updated. Link
  12. It turns out the Skipper was on watch as sole watch keeper and at the time was engaged in personal phone calls away from the windows and radars. amazingly the container ship was also censured for anchoring on a ferry route. "However, all mariners will know that a turn to port is the incorrect action in any collision avoidance measure involving powered vessels." A sweeping and incorrect statement. when overtaking, even in fog, altering to port is allowed.
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