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Tanker - warship collision

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Sorry, yes, mental aberation.  You are right, any way you look at it, the warship would have been the give-way vessel in a crossing situation.  😊

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Tanker repeatedly called the warship and VTS warning of collision risk. Warship made one excuse then failed to avoid collision. Warship turned AIS on after collision. Tanker reported collision saying they though it was a warship.

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4 hours ago, Paully said:

Wouldnt want to be in the Commander and Officer of the watch`s shoes..Both will be looking for new careers soon..

Or worse.  I’d have thought this would be court martial territory.

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9 hours ago, colin said:

Indeed.  Very well worth a read.

Some salient points:

Frigate had 134 people on board (all of whom escaped, as far as we know, unhurt).

It was not a crossing situation, it was a head-on reciprocal course situation.

Tanker (correctly) adjusted course to starboard, and told frigate to do the same. Frigate (unbelievably and inexplicably) adjusted to port (which good seamanship requires you should never do).

Tanker crew did not know (and were not told) the other vessel was a warship until after the collision.

Frigate crew seemed unaware that a collision had taken place!!

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A lot of warships do what they want in my experience. They tend to put you in very difficult situations with no regard for your own manoeuvrability. This seems to be a good example of this. Makes a nice change for it to not be a US vessel.

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