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4 minutes ago, 4petesake said:

 

Didn’t want to start a new thread since every transgender thread winds up getting locked, so I’ll leave it here as a news item without comment.

Hopefully we can have some responsible discussion about whether this might be a reasonable step in dealing with the issue. More info in the link.

 


Fina, swimming's world governing body, has voted to stop transgender athletes from competing in women's elite races if they have gone through any part of the process of male puberty. 

The new policy requires transgender competitors to have completed their transition by the age of 12 in order to be able to compete in women's competitions.

 

Fina will also aim to establish an 'open' category at competitions for swimmers whose gender identity is different than their birth sex.

The new policy, which was passed with 71% of the vote from 152 Fina members, was described as "only a first step towards full inclusion" for transgender athletes.

The decision was made during an extraordinary general congress at the ongoing World Championships in Budapest.

Earlier Fina members heard a report from a transgender task force made up of leading figures from the world of medicine, law and sport.

"Fina's approach in drafting this policy was comprehensive, science-based and inclusive, and, importantly, Fina's approach emphasised competitive fairness," said Brent Nowicki, the governing body's executive director.
 

 

This seems like a very balanced approach to a fairly complex issue. 

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A plane carrying 137 people crash landed at a Miami Airport before it burst into flames.

The pilot was forced to take evasive action after the aircraft’s landing gear failed.

Passengers reported ‘panic’ and ‘screaming all around’ during the incident, which took place aboard a Red Air flight.

It had departed from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic on Monday.

The aircraft had been arriving into Miami Airport at 5.30pm when disaster struck.

A small building and a communications tower at the terminal were both hit due to the force of the chaotic landing.

The plane eventually came to rest near a grassy area by the side of the runway before thick smoke started to billow from the left wing.

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Three people were taken to hospital following the incident.

‘I thought I was going to die, actually,’ Paola Garcia told CBS Miami. ‘There was an old man next to me and I was hugging him. It was horrible.’

 
 

‘We were bumping from side to side and all the windows like break and then everything’s fine.

‘Then the people start running and running and I like jump and start running because there was fire and all that.’

Red Air is a discount airline which was founded last year in the Dominican Republic.

The plane was carrying 126 passengers and 11 crew members when it was forced to crash land.

Footage from the incident shows black smoke billowing from a fire on the left wing of the aircraft.

Firefighters who were rushed to the scene used flame-retardant foam to extinguish the flames.

Some passengers could be heard screaming as they rushed to escape the still burning plane.

A spokesperson for Miami Airport said that flights were delayed due to the crash.

Miami-Dade County mayor Daniella Levine Cava has travelled to the scene this morning.

She tweeted: ‘A plane arriving at @iflyMIA from Santo Domingo, DR caught on fire following a landing gear malfunction.

‘I have just arrived on the scene and am being briefed by @MiamiDadeFire.

‘Three passengers were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.’

The aircraft was a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, it has been confirmed by authorities.

 

 

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Powerful quake in Afghanistan kills at least 1,000 people

The epicentre was in Afghanistan's Paktika province, near the border with Pakistan

A powerful earthquake struck a rural, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, killing 1,000 people and injuring 1,500 more in one of the deadliest quakes in decades, the state-run news agency reported. Officials warned that the already grim death toll may still rise.

 

Information remained scarce on the magnitude-6.1 temblor that damaged buildings in Khost and Paktika provinces. Rescue efforts are likely to be complicated since many international aid agencies left Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover of the country last year and the chaotic withdrawal of the U.S. military from the longest war in its history.

 

The death toll given by the Bakhtar News Agency was equal to that of a quake in 2002 in northern Afghanistan. Those are the deadliest since 1998, when a 6.1-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tremors in Afghanistan's remote northeast killed at least 4,500 people.

 

Neighbouring Pakistan's Meteorological Department said the quake's epicentre was in Afghanistan's Paktika province, just near the border and some 50 kilometres southwest of the city of Khost.

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Afghan boys site near their damaged house that was destroyed in an earthquake in the Spera District of the southwestern part of Khost province on Wednesday. Hundreds were killed after the quake struck the mountainous region in the eastern part of the country. (The Associated Press)

Footage from Paktika province near the Pakistan border showed victims being carried into helicopters to be airlifted from the area. Others were treated on the ground. One resident could be seen receiving IV fluids while sitting in a plastic chair outside the rubble of his home and still more were sprawled on gurneys. Other images showed residents picking through clay bricks and other rubble from destroyed stone houses.

Afghan emergency official Sharafuddin Muslim gave the death toll in a news conference Wednesday. Earlier, the director general of state-run Bakhtar news agency, Abdul Wahid Rayan, wrote on Twitter that 90 houses have been destroyed in Paktika and dozens of people are believed trapped under the rubble.

Bilal Karimi, a deputy spokesman for the Taliban government, gave no specific death toll but wrote on Twitter that hundreds of people were killed and injured in the earthquake, which shook four districts in Paktika.

"We urge all aid agencies to send teams to the area immediately to prevent further catastrophe," he wrote.

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People carry injured to a helicopter following a massive earthquake, in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, on June 22, in this screen grab taken from a video. (Bakhtar News Agency/Reuters)

'Response is on its way': UN

In just one district of the neighbouring Khost province, the earthquake killed at least 25 people and injured more than 95 others, local officials said.

In Kabul, Prime Minister Mohammad Hassan Akhund convened an emergency meeting at the presidential palace to co-ordinate the relief effort for victims in Paktika and Khost.

The "response is on its way," the United Nations resident co-ordinator in Afghanistan, Ramiz Alakbarov, wrote on Twitter.

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TOPSHOT - An Afghan child is treated inside a hospital in the city of Sharan after getting injured in an earthquake in Gayan district, Paktika province on June 22, 2022. (Photo by Ahmad SAHEL ARMAN / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD SAHEL ARMAN/AFP via Getty Images) (AFP via Getty Images)

After the Taliban swept across the country in 2021, the U.S. military and its allies fell back to Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport and later withdrew completely. Many international humanitarian organizations followed suit because of concerns about security and the Taliban's poor human rights record.

In the time since, the Taliban has worked with Qatar, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates on restarting airport operations in Kabul and across the country — but nearly all international carriers still avoid the country, and reluctance on the part of aid organizations to put any money in the Taliban's coffers could make it difficult to fly in supplies and equipment.

 

The Afghan Red Crescent Society, however, sent 4,000 blankets, 800 tents and 800 kitchen kits to the affected area, according to Bakhtar's director general, Abdul Wahid Rayan.

The Italian medical aid group Emergency, which still operates in Afghanistan, said it sent seven ambulances and staff to the areas closest to the quake zone.

"The fear is that the victims will increase further, also because many people could be trapped under collapsed buildings," said Stefano Sozza, country director for Emergency in Afghanistan. "This latest tragedy cannot but further the condition of fragility and economic and social difficulties which Afghanistan has experienced for months."

Tremors felt in Pakistan and India

In most places in the world, an earthquake of this magnitude wouldn't inflict such extensive devastation, said Robert Sanders, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. But a quake's death toll more often comes down to geography, building quality and population density.

"Because of the mountainous area, there are rockslides and landslides that we won't know about until later reporting. Older buildings are likely to crumble and fail," he said. "Due to how condensed the area is in that part of the world, we've seen in the past similar earthquakes deal significant damage."

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In this photo released by the news agency Bakhtar, Afghans look at destruction caused by an earthquake in the province of Paktika early Wednesday. (Bakhtar News Agency/The Associated Press)

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in a statement offered his condolences over the earthquake, saying his nation will provide help to the Afghan people.

Mountainous Afghanistan and the larger region of South Asia along the Hindu Kush mountains, where the Indian tectonic plate collides with the Eurasian plate to the north, has long been vulnerable to devastating earthquakes.

The European seismological agency, EMSC, said the earthquake's tremors were felt over 500 kilometres by 119 million people across Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

In 2015, a major earthquake that struck the country's northeast killed over 200 people in Afghanistan and neighbouring northern Pakistan. 

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It lurks over four miles deep below the Pacific Ocean, split in half and lodged on a slope.

There’s a new world’s deepest shipwreck to be identified and surveyed – and it’s the USS Destroyer Escort Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413), known as the Sammy B.

Victor Vescovo, an explorer who has previously completed expeditions to the world’s deepest points, located the wreck together on June 22.

It lies at a depth of 6,895 meters (22,621 feet), in the Philippine Sea. By comparison, Mount Kilimanjaro’s peak is 5,896 meters, while the highest permanent settlement in the world, La Rinconada in the Peruvian Andes, is 5,100 meters (16,700 feet).

Previously, the deepest wreck ever identified and surveyed was the USS Johnston, found last year by Vescovo. That lies at 6,469 meters.

Explorer Victor Vescovo piloted the search. - Caladan Oceanic

Vescovo, the pilot, and sonar specialist Jeremie Morizet, dove down to trace the wreck from end to end. It has broken into two pieces, lying about 10 meters (33 feet) from each other.

The Sammy B. sank in the Battle off Samar, on October 25, 1944, in which the US Navy defeated the larger Japanese fleet, east of the island of Samar in the Philippines. It fought three Japanese battleships, including the Yamato, said to be the largest ever constructed. The US ship carried 224 crewmembers, 89 of whom were killed. Captain Robert W. Copeland was one of the survivors.

89 of the 224 crew members were killed. - Caladan Oceanic

The ship “fought ferociously even though she was completely outclassed by the Japanese battleships and heavy cruisers she went up against,” Vescovo told CNN.

The heroism of her captain and crew is legendary in the Navy, and it was a great honor to find her final resting place. I think it helps bring closure to the story of the ship, for the families of those who were lost and those who served on her. I think that having a ship vanish into the depths, never to be seen again, can leave those affiliated with the ship feeling a sense of emptiness.

“Finding the wrecks can help bring closure, and also bring details about the battle that perhaps we didn’t know before. As we say, ‘Steel doesn’t lie.’”

 
 

Vescovo, the founder exploration company Caladan Oceanic, and a team from EYOS Expeditions made six dives over eight days looking for the ship, as well as for another US ship, the Gambier Bay. Previous records pointing to the ships’ location had been inaccurate, but the team were helped by a custom-built sidescan solar system, as well as exhaustive research.

Initially they located debris from the Sammy B. – a three-tube torpedo launcher, which it was the only one of the sunken ships to have. On the final day, they located the wreck.

Vescovo called it an “honor” to find the ship, saying in a statement that locating it had given the team the chance “to retell her story of heroism and duty.”

“In difficult times, it’s important to reflect on those who sacrificed so much, so willingly, in even more difficult times to ensure our freedoms and way of life,” he said.

“I always remain in awe of the extraordinary bravery of those who fought in this battle against truly overwhelming odds – and won.”

Vescovo called it an 'honor' to discover the ship. - Caladan Oceanic

And he told CNN that they hadn’t even been sure the trip would succeed.

“The Sammy B is a small vessel as military ships go, and we weren’t really sure that we could find her in the vast and extremely deep ocean where she went down. But with perseverance, some great historical analysis, and a whole lot of deep ocean technology and hard work, we were able to find her and provide a great opportunity to tell her amazing story,” he said.

“It is unbelievably thrilling to find a wreck on the bottom of the deep ocean, given all the difficulties in trying to find them. It is such an immense privilege to be the first person to see them after they went down in battle almost 80 years ago.”

Vescovo's team made six dives in search of the vessel. - Caladan Oceanic

Kelvin Murray, Expedition Leader and Director of Expedition Operations & Undersea Projects for EYOS said, “As ever, there’s been an incredible and dedicated effort by the whole team – the ship’s crew, sub team, historians and other specialists. Using a combination of detective work and innovative technology, everyone has pulled together to reveal the final resting place of this tenacious ship.

“It’s been a challenging, thrilling and poignant expedition, one that recognizes the ships and sailors from all nations who fought so hard during this battle. We are all proud of what has been achieved and humbled by what we witnessed.”

The team also went lower to over 7,000 meters to look for one other vessel – a carrier, called Gambier Bay – but were unable to find it. They didn’t look for the other destroyer, USS Hoel, due to lack of data.

The technology used to locate the Sammy B. means that it might not be the world's deepest wreck for long. - Caladan Oceanic

But the Sammy B. might not be the deepest wreck for too long. The group thinks its new Deep Ocean Search sidescan sonar is the deepest side-scan sonar ever operated on a submersible – normally, they go up to 6,000 meters, but this has been tested to 11,000 meters, or full ocean depth. The Caladan Oceanic team plans to take it right to the bottom next month.

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4 minutes ago, gurn said:

including the Yamato, said to be the largest ever constructed.

The Yamato wasn't/isn't "said to be the largest"- it flat out was

Yamato 71,659 tons at full load 862 feet in LOA

Iowa class 61,000 tons in 1968 (New Jersey)    887 feet LOA

11 minutes ago, gurn said:

who fought in this battle against truly overwhelming odds – and won.”

The ship sank, so it doesn't look like they won.

An overall victory in this battle, but sunken ships are not the  winners

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17 minutes ago, gurn said:

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/us/explorers-find-the-world-s-deepest-shipwreck-four-miles-under-the-pacific/ar-AAYPNHv?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531&cvid=8f78ad059be34176b0f43b2243f01303

It lurks over four miles deep below the Pacific Ocean, split in half and lodged on a slope.

There’s a new world’s deepest shipwreck to be identified and surveyed – and it’s the USS Destroyer Escort Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413), known as the Sammy B.

Victor Vescovo, an explorer who has previously completed expeditions to the world’s deepest points, located the wreck together on June 22.

It lies at a depth of 6,895 meters (22,621 feet), in the Philippine Sea. By comparison, Mount Kilimanjaro’s peak is 5,896 meters, while the highest permanent settlement in the world, La Rinconada in the Peruvian Andes, is 5,100 meters (16,700 feet).

Previously, the deepest wreck ever identified and surveyed was the USS Johnston, found last year by Vescovo. That lies at 6,469 meters.

Explorer Victor Vescovo piloted the search. - Caladan Oceanic

Vescovo, the pilot, and sonar specialist Jeremie Morizet, dove down to trace the wreck from end to end. It has broken into two pieces, lying about 10 meters (33 feet) from each other.

The Sammy B. sank in the Battle off Samar, on October 25, 1944, in which the US Navy defeated the larger Japanese fleet, east of the island of Samar in the Philippines. It fought three Japanese battleships, including the Yamato, said to be the largest ever constructed. The US ship carried 224 crewmembers, 89 of whom were killed. Captain Robert W. Copeland was one of the survivors.

89 of the 224 crew members were killed. - Caladan Oceanic

The ship “fought ferociously even though she was completely outclassed by the Japanese battleships and heavy cruisers she went up against,” Vescovo told CNN.

The heroism of her captain and crew is legendary in the Navy, and it was a great honor to find her final resting place. I think it helps bring closure to the story of the ship, for the families of those who were lost and those who served on her. I think that having a ship vanish into the depths, never to be seen again, can leave those affiliated with the ship feeling a sense of emptiness.

“Finding the wrecks can help bring closure, and also bring details about the battle that perhaps we didn’t know before. As we say, ‘Steel doesn’t lie.’”

 
 

Vescovo, the founder exploration company Caladan Oceanic, and a team from EYOS Expeditions made six dives over eight days looking for the ship, as well as for another US ship, the Gambier Bay. Previous records pointing to the ships’ location had been inaccurate, but the team were helped by a custom-built sidescan solar system, as well as exhaustive research.

Initially they located debris from the Sammy B. – a three-tube torpedo launcher, which it was the only one of the sunken ships to have. On the final day, they located the wreck.

Vescovo called it an “honor” to find the ship, saying in a statement that locating it had given the team the chance “to retell her story of heroism and duty.”

“In difficult times, it’s important to reflect on those who sacrificed so much, so willingly, in even more difficult times to ensure our freedoms and way of life,” he said.

“I always remain in awe of the extraordinary bravery of those who fought in this battle against truly overwhelming odds – and won.”

Vescovo called it an 'honor' to discover the ship. - Caladan Oceanic

And he told CNN that they hadn’t even been sure the trip would succeed.

“The Sammy B is a small vessel as military ships go, and we weren’t really sure that we could find her in the vast and extremely deep ocean where she went down. But with perseverance, some great historical analysis, and a whole lot of deep ocean technology and hard work, we were able to find her and provide a great opportunity to tell her amazing story,” he said.

“It is unbelievably thrilling to find a wreck on the bottom of the deep ocean, given all the difficulties in trying to find them. It is such an immense privilege to be the first person to see them after they went down in battle almost 80 years ago.”

Vescovo's team made six dives in search of the vessel. - Caladan Oceanic

Kelvin Murray, Expedition Leader and Director of Expedition Operations & Undersea Projects for EYOS said, “As ever, there’s been an incredible and dedicated effort by the whole team – the ship’s crew, sub team, historians and other specialists. Using a combination of detective work and innovative technology, everyone has pulled together to reveal the final resting place of this tenacious ship.

“It’s been a challenging, thrilling and poignant expedition, one that recognizes the ships and sailors from all nations who fought so hard during this battle. We are all proud of what has been achieved and humbled by what we witnessed.”

The team also went lower to over 7,000 meters to look for one other vessel – a carrier, called Gambier Bay – but were unable to find it. They didn’t look for the other destroyer, USS Hoel, due to lack of data.

The technology used to locate the Sammy B. means that it might not be the world's deepest wreck for long. - Caladan Oceanic

But the Sammy B. might not be the deepest wreck for too long. The group thinks its new Deep Ocean Search sidescan sonar is the deepest side-scan sonar ever operated on a submersible – normally, they go up to 6,000 meters, but this has been tested to 11,000 meters, or full ocean depth. The Caladan Oceanic team plans to take it right to the bottom next month.

Good for them.  They should go find MH370 next, I'm sure many families of the lost would be appreciative of it.

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More cancelled B.C. ferry trips to come:

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/other/ferry-sailings-to-be-cancelled-if-staffing-shortages-persist-b-c-ferries/ar-AAYQ89e?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531&cvid=16896ae84c904dcc8267c701512f208f

For the second weekend in a row, B.C. Ferries cancelled sailings from Vancouver and Victoria due to staffing shortages. Cancellations to sailings may continue throughout the summer if these staffing shortages persist, according to B.C. Ferries.

The corporation cancelled two sailings on Friday, June 17th and another four on Sunday, June 19th. The cancelled trips were exiting from Tsawwassen in Vancouver and Swartz Bay in Victoria. Sailings were also cancelled from the same two stops on Friday and Sunday of the previous weekend.

“We have had a few occasions recently where we have had to cancel some of our service because we knew didn’t have the required crew to operate the vessel,” says Deborah Marshall, a spokesperson for B.C. Ferries. 

She says there’s a chance disruptions to service will continue. “There may be times, sporadically, where we do have to cancel service because we’re not able to fill all the required positions on board,” she says.

Marshall says the company, which performs close to 475 sailings along the coast of British Columbia per day, is actively recruiting new staff to resolve the issue. B.C. Ferries has hired 860 new staff members in recent months, but the company is still having difficulties filling some positions. “Coming out of a pandemic, we found that it is quite a challenging job market. It’s difficult to attract new people,” she explained.

Marshall says some crucial ship-work positions, like chief engineers and captains, are harder to recruit as they require technical training and experience.

B.C. Ferries will work to notify customers in the case of future trip cancellations. All updates on service interruptions can also be found on the B.C. Ferries’ website and on Twitter page. 

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^ If they paid more, they would likely fill most of those jobs.

Also- not violating the collective agreement and illegally laying people off, might have resulted in having some old guard stay with them, rather than retire.

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G7 summit takes place this weekend 100 kilometer south of Munich at the castle Ellmau close to the Alps. Cost for this summit is estimated at 180 Million Euro mostly because of the security requirements. Leaders of the G7 countries fly in Munich and the take a ride with the helicopter of the German federal police to Ellmau. This event is secured by more than 20,000 policemen. President Biden with a special treatment lodging not in a suite in the hotel but in a separate building with the entire brass from the States.

 

Schloss Elmau: Die Stille vor den Helikoptern - Reise - Gesellschaft -  Tagesspiegel

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1 hour ago, Wolfgang Durst said:

G7 summit takes place this weekend 100 kilometer south of Munich at the castle Ellmau close to the Alps. Cost for this summit is estimated at 180 Million Euro mostly because of the security requirements. Leaders of the G7 countries fly in Munich and the take a ride with the helicopter of the German federal police to Ellmau. This event is secured by more than 20,000 policemen. President Biden with a special treatment lodging not in a suite in the hotel but in a separate building with the entire brass from the States.

 

Schloss Elmau: Die Stille vor den Helikoptern - Reise - Gesellschaft -  Tagesspiegel

Yeah, one wonders if anything that comes out of these summits is commensurate with the costs....

 

Still, at least with Germany hosting, we know that Scholz doesn't own the castle....

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On 6/17/2022 at 11:06 AM, thedestroyerofworlds said:

 

 

In a press conference outside the British Embassy in New York, his brother Gabriel Shipton said they would take his appeal to the European Court of Human Rights if not successful in the UK's High Court.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-61839256

Julian Assange can be extradited, says UK home secretary

He committed no crime. Just embarrassed the US military.  

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On 6/24/2022 at 3:59 PM, RUPERTKBD said:

Those of us that remember the Queen of the North will attest that cancelling a sailing is preferable to sailing while understaffed....

Having sailed on QotN multiple times the route they take and the ones the ferries take from the mainland to the Island are not even comparable. Also wasn't the QotN run aground as staff were &^@#ing on shift? 

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20 minutes ago, Gnarcore said:

Having sailed on QotN multiple times the route they take and the ones the ferries take from the mainland to the Island are not even comparable. Also wasn't the QotN run aground as staff were &^@#ing on shift? 

That's the story. They ran into Gil Island, because the two people on watch were too "busy" to hear an alarm (which may have been turned down, or off) and make a course correction.

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4 hours ago, Gnarcore said:

Having sailed on QotN multiple times the route they take and the ones the ferries take from the mainland to the Island are not even comparable. Also wasn't the QotN run aground as staff were &^@#ing on shift? 

 

3 hours ago, RUPERTKBD said:

That's the story. They ran into Gil Island, because the two people on watch were too "busy" to hear an alarm (which may have been turned down, or off) and make a course correction.

They were a former couple, she wasn't qualified to be on the bridge, without another helmsman standing by.

Newly replaced bridge equipment, with less than two hours of training on the various pieces; including the unit they turned off because they couldn't figure out how to dim it down.

Whole thing came down to an auto pilot screw up.

Officer of the watch gave a series of small course corrections to go around Gill Island in small bits rather than one major alteration. However the quartermaster would input the new course heading-but did not know they had to push the set button. The display would show the course asked for, but after not getting the 'set' signal, would return to the previous heading.

Loss of situational awareness- the pair of them ASSUMED they were on the newest course, when they were not.

Even with those screw ups-they nearly miss Gill Island, just got close enough to put a gash in the side, rather than plowing straight into the land.

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34 minutes ago, gurn said:

 

They were a former couple, she wasn't qualified to be on the bridge, without another helmsman standing by.

Newly replaced bridge equipment, with less than two hours of training on the various pieces; including the unit they turned off because they couldn't figure out how to dim it down.

Whole thing came down to an auto pilot screw up.

Officer of the watch gave a series of small course corrections to go around Gill Island in small bits rather than one major alteration. However the quartermaster would input the new course heading-but did not know they had to push the set button. The display would show the course asked for, but after not getting the 'set' signal, would return to the previous heading.

Loss of situational awareness- the pair of them ASSUMED they were on the newest course, when they were not.

Even with those screw ups-they nearly miss Gill Island, just got close enough to put a gash in the side, rather than plowing straight into the land.

And luckily for them, the people of Hartley Bay were around, or it could have been a far worse tragedy....

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Just now, bishopshodan said:

Cause they wanted mood lighting?

It's actually a pretty common complaint with seagoing vessels.....back when I sold Navigation software and charts to fishermen, brightness filters were one of the more asked for items.

 

Apparently, when you're running in total darkness, computer screens are uncomfortably bright....

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