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The Nut Cases are Running the Asylum (Part one of two)

Date: 28 June, 2017

By: Chief

Imageow. Talk about a lot of claptrap. An enormous amount of purported 'news' and other, well garbage, has been spewed forth about the deadly collision between USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and a merchant (container) ship MV ACX Crystal which occurred in the early morning hours of 17 June, 2017. Seven U.S. Navy sailors perished in the collision. Lord grant them access to and eternal happiness in — Fiddler's Green.

Patience people . . . patience

That is what is needed now. It has been absolutely unbelievable just how many know nothing reporters and assorted other mouth pieces have been flapping their gums at 200 words a minute with gusts exceeding 400. Crazy is what it is. And most of them are saying the same damn thing:

It's a conspiracy. It just has too be. ISIS done it.

No joke folks. I read a story somewhere on-line about how ISIS was behind it. Oh, here is another one:

The North Korean government is behind the collision.

Sheesh. What a waster of paper and bandwidth. No I did not even keep the links I was that disgusted. You can find 'em easy enough, if you truly want to gag.

Here is the absolute bottom line as of 28 June, 2017: We simply do not know what happened. Furthermore, we will not know what happened until the multiple investigations are:

Additionally, anybody who says otherwise is a liar. So, put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Have a read

In fact, have two. These are both very special reads indeed. And not by those reporters who could not find their butt with both hands, a map and a flashlight either. Oh, no. I am talking about reading up on the maritime 'rules of the road'. Yes indeed, the International Convention for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea. Also known as ColRegs. And when you have finished with that one then read up on the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch Keeping for Seafarers (SCTW). Both make for an absolutely fascinating read. Assuming you do not fall asleep in the process. Regrettably, both are about as exciting as watching paint dry. However both are very important.

Reading over the ColRegs Rule 2, Responsibility, is too me a catch all provision. In fact here is the entire text of rule 2:

"(a). Nothing in these Rules shall exonerate any vessel, or the owner, master or crew thereof, from the consequences of any neglect to comply with these Rules or of the neglect of any precaution which may be required by the ordinary practice of seamen, or by the special circumstances of the case.

"(b). In construing and complying with these Rules due regard shall be had to all dangers of navigation and collision and to any special circumstances, including the limitations of the vessels involved, which may make a departure from these Rules necessary to avoid immediate danger."

Now I could be wrong but rule 2, in my opinion, spells 'catch all'.

Okay, moving right along rule 13 pertains to one vessel overtaking another vessel. Rule 14 pertains to a head-on situation. Rule 15 pertains to a crossing situation. Allow me, if you would, to quote rule 15 (it ain't long):

"When two power-driven vessels are crossing so as to involve risk of collision, the vessel which has the other on her own starboard side shall keep out of the way and shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, avoid crossing ahead of the other vessel."

There even is a great little ditty which explains rule 15 beautifully:

"If to starboard red appear ... tis ye duty to keep clear ... act as judgment says be proper: port or starboard, back or stop her."

Gee, that works quite nicely for me. It also makes it very, very clear what ye must do — "if to starboard red appear... ." You can figure it out.

There are but two more rules you should understand and then we'll move right along into the other set of rules (SCTW). These last two rules are rule 16 action by give way vessel and finally rule 17 action by stand-on vessel. I'm going to quote them both with rule 16 (give way vessel) first:

"Every vessel which is directed to keep out of the way of another vessel shall, so far as possible, take early and substantial action to keep well clear."

Hence the give way vessel must take the necessary action as needed in order to, hopefully, prevent a collision.

Continue on to Part II.

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