In the first detailed account from one of those directly involved, the cargo ship's captain said the ACX Crystal had signaled with flashing lights after the Fitzgerald "suddenly" steamed on to a course to cross its path.The container ship steered hard to starboard (right) to avoid the warship, but hit the Fitzgerald 10 minutes later at 1:30 a.m., according to a copy of Captain Ronald Advincula's report to Japanese ship owner Dainichi Investment Corporation that was seen by Reuters.The U.S. Navy declined to comment and Reuters was not able to independently verify the account.The collision tore a gash below the Fitzgerald's waterline, killing seven sailors in what was the greatest loss of life on a U.S. Navy vessel since the USS Cole was bombed in Yemen's Aden harbor in 2000.Those who died were in their berthing compartments, while the Fitzgerald's commander was injured in his cabin, suggesting that no alarm warning of an imminent collision was sounded.
The captain of the Crystal is trying to avoid the truth that they weren't paying attention.
The bigger boat wins; except when the small boat is not powered.Or, the destroyer opens fire. Then it's just a contest of caliber.
Quote from: MikeS on June 28, 2017, 08:44:00 AMThe bigger boat wins; except when the small boat is not powered.Or, the destroyer opens fire. Then it's just a contest of caliber.BTW: 1) Being under tow and the supervision of a pilot, as in that picture, the larger vessel has "way". It can not control its motion, it can not effectively turn or stop, and it's under harbor control so has automatic right of way. I don't know if that was the case in the matter at issue here. 2) Firing of a gun at any ship is an Act of War. Any officer of doing so, except in desperate circumstances would be a career-ender, militarily. Never forgetting the Navy would never forgive you. Nor forget you. And that goes for the Captain who was asleep in his cabin. 3) Did anyone mention that both boats are required under international law and the Law of the Sea to maintain constant radio awareness. In short, both boats should have been in contact with the other. There is no conscionable reason why they couldn't have avoided each other. Then again, boat collisions regularly happen.