MAIB reports collision between SEAGATE and TIMOR SEA
MAIB Report on the investigation of the collision between mv Seagate and mv Timor Stream 24 nautical miles north of the Dominican Republic on 10 March 2012 at 0540 local time.
Initially, this would seem to be a typical case of inadequate watchkeeping standards fuelled by deep sea complacency and this is unlikely to be the first time watchkeepers have read similar reports, nevertheless a reminder is never wasted.
If we consider that not too many years ago, ‘fatigue' would have generally been as an accepted cover-all cause, with perhaps fleeting but vague reference to ‘not being fatigued' without actually defining fatigue or rest, then it can't be long before a similar approach is taken to complacency. Nobody sets out to be complacent and suffer a collision, as indeed, no-one sets out to be fatigued. In some sectors of the marine industry, this is being researched. As usual the superyacht industry won't get involved – either actively or passively - but simply have the next pile of legislation piled on them by their flag states.
On a final note, Captain and crew of BATTERED BULL are singled out for praise and commendation. Let's hear it for the yacht guys!
For those on board Watkins' managed boats, please ensure that all crewmembers are given an opportunity to read this and confirm so in your next HESS meeting minutes. I can be contacted at any time if anyone has any questions.