15 Biggest Ship Collisions and Mistakes

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15 Biggest Ship Collisions and Mistakes

Sometimes people mess up, makes mistakes, and call problems. Usually the mistakes you make are pretty mundane; but if you're a captain of a ship small mistakes can escalate very quickly. Here are the top 15 biggest ship collisions and mistakes.

 As of me being a Merchant Seaman for almost 15 years. I like how everything is blamed on the Captain/Ship Master. What alot of people don't know is alot of these accidents are more pilot and AB at the wheel. When coming in to tie up theres a 2nd officer along with usually 2 os's and an AB or vice versa depending on the time of port. And a 3rd officer with same at the stern. It is not the Captain who is giving the orders/directions its  the Pilot all the way up until you're actually going to tie off the spring line in shore out shore lines. That's when the Captain takes back over. Now they can not see whats happening at the stern or bow,the are fly blind as it were and totally reliant on the officers at bow and stern. The chief engineer plays a big roll in this as well because they are the ones receiving the directions from the bridge on what to do next. Contrary to popular belief not everything is done straight on the bridge like you see on TV or in movies. If miscommunication happens from bridge like say reverse...they mean it now not a second later. And when this happens alot bad shit happens. Alot of it isn't loss of power or whatever..its communication between bridge and engine room. Ships can opt out of having tugs assist in mooring but alot of foreign vessels will opt out my guess because they can't speak the language that's just my guess. But if you can use tugs then you should definitely do it and less problems like these would not happen. It should be mandatory for all vessels to have to use tugs. Most foreign flagged ships have shitty sailers including  Captains that can't drive and park. I know captain's are humans as well and they will probably make at least one mistake in their career , but getting caught been drunk while on the bridge or been sleeping while you were supposed to be on the bridge are at least stupid things to do . Now about the ports , every port usually sends a warf pilot on board of inbound ships to take control over the vessel because he knows better those waters , how deep , where is the deepest point , how to approach the port and of course with cooperation with tugboat captain's help the ship to "park" on spot ... but as it seems on those unfortunate moments we saw , everything went down the wrong way . Excluding the vessels who had mechanical or electrical problems and failed , the rest were mostly human errors who should not be repeated . Easiest way to design smaller ships again .

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