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Thursday, 25 March 2021

An Interesting Question

 I am probably full of it as usual. But a couple of us have noticed the patterns and when they break, we notice that too.

Remember when the Exxon Valdez ran aground and the the resulting oil spill? The Captain was hung out to dry. Rightfully so, maybe (you can never be sure of the facts with the mass media) - but by all accounts, he was a drunk and it was a small environmental disaster.

So now, we have this:




Maybe it's just me. But there was none of the usual finger pointing and blame-gaming going on with this container ship that went aground and bunged up the Suez Canal. They are blaming random gusts of wind, or not commenting on the causes at all. 

Could it be the captain and crew are diversity hires...? Who is the Captain? I couldn't even find that this morning. Why isn't he (or she) involved in the handling of this incident? I commence to smell a rat.

Like I say... I am probably full of beans.

15 comments:

  1. The Ship must be Piloted by an Eyptian. They take a pray break no matter what.

    I've been there On a ship I know

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  2. l heard "power failure", but yeah, the ships pilot will be shorebound for a while is my guess. The captain is forced to surrender control of the ship to the local "pilot", this time the captain is squeaky clean.
    howto drive the oil prices up? block a major supply route, l heard there are 10 supertankers stuck behind it. (24 hours ago).

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    1. Price spikes for crude may be in order for those destinations, but price drops for the rest of the world may be in order because they need a place for that crude to go.

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  3. I know people connected to the Coast Guard and the Valdez spill. Captain Hazelwood was almost surely the fall guy, screwed over so the ex-coastie contractor running the traffic control system didn't have to take responsibility for a serious screw-up.

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    1. Hazelwood was the fall guy, and the ramifications from OPA 90 passed in the wake of that fiasco helped to destroy the US Merchant Marine.

      First and foremost. The US Coast Guard tests all mariners for licensing. They licensed the Captain, AND they licensed his Chief Mate. Basically that mate had the same license as the Captain ( not quite, but he was capable of running the vessel when 'not under command')

      Hazelwood should have been able to have a drink and go to bed leaving a fully licensed man in charge. It is done ALL THE TIME.

      The Coast Guard testified that it only licensed the man, it did not determine if he was capable of doing the job he was licensed for!

      What an absolute crock! Any Mariner will tell you the Coast Guard absolutely does determine whether you are cable before issuing the license. Instead they threw Hazelwood under the bus.

      So what does this mean to me as I type this? Hazelwood did not train the man that he gave his ship over to, nor did he license him, but the ruling said that in his house back at home, when even a fully licensed relief Captain is in charge, even then as high Captain he would still be culpable in any disaster.

      Okay great, well I was a Hazardous Chemical Tankerman and a Barge Captain ( as well as the asst Port Captain for a major carrier), Tankerman absolutely do train other Tankermen, it is the only way to get such a license. You can go to a tankering school sponsored by your carrier but you must apprentice with a Tankerman of a specific grade to get your license.

      This means sitting here now, 15 years off the water, thanks to the Hazelwood ruling I have 300 plus timebombs out there that could land me in hot water should any of my old trainees seriously screw up!

      And by the way as I posted on another site. Accident forensics was part my job as asst port captain in charge of haz chem. This vessel is leased to a Taiwanese company that regularly runs between China and Taiwan (Taiwan, a country China says belongs to them.)

      Computer navigation panels have been hacked in the past. This vessel was not some old garbage scow, she has a digitally controlled engine room and bow thruster.

      She was on a computerized track, their is no way this was an accident in my mind.

      I could be wrong, but I believe the CCP is behind this catastrophe. Just look at the mitigation response, it is an absolute dog and pony show.

      China knows they'll never break the suction between the hull and canal mud by digging the nose free. They need to send a 'lightering' offshore supply vessel or barge alongside from both sides. And either crane off the containers or get a couple of helicopters to offload the top two layers until buoyancy returns.

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  4. Glen, I will say in what I read there is a marked lack of interest in why this seems to have happened. For the economic damage this has caused, it is unusual...

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    1. Well sometimes a glitch in The Matrix is just a glitch. Other times... it pays to be cynical and paranoid... :)

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  5. There is definitely SOMETHING amiss here.... and I wonder what it is.... we may never know...

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  6. It's probably not registering with the dimwits in the US media because much of the traffic thru the Suez is bound, northbound for Europe, and southbound, for China, India, and Australia.
    The global influence on prices for all commodities, however, is huge, mostly due to the current shortage on transportation capacity, much of which has been brought on by this WuHuFlu bullshit.

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  7. The ship is longer than the Suez is wide. The canal was just not made for that size. Ships are made for open ocean. Canals like the ones in Canada/US often see the same problem. Open ocean don't require frequent corrections. Canals require constant corrections. The systems sometimes break, usually when frequently used. That ship can carry 18,000 TEUs (containers). That is a lot of weight. The ship must maintain speed to have steering control. That sudden stop is brutal.

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    1. I am hearing now that the ship is crewed with pajeets. Putting such cretins in charge of an endeavour like that... yields predictable results, HAR HAR HAR!!!

      Some of the swabbies I hear speaking about it said that this was a 'deliberate' mistake. From what I've heard, ships this size traverse the canal on a daily basis and have done so forever. But... whadda I know...?

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  8. Maybe the wind that hit it was the same wind that knocked Biden down on the stairs to Air Force One?

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