Originally Posted by jeremiason
The news report makes it sound like the trawler was "not under Command". The article said it was being towed into a shipyard.
Having a pilot on board makes it sound like the vessel was able to manuver under its own power, of course this could have been a requirement of the ship yard to to have a "Pilot" on board to get the vessel in the dry dock
utilizing the tugs.
It will be interesting to see if it had propulsion
and why the two tugs abandoned the vessel.
Latest report said it was undocking from Seaspan DryDock
In video, I could see strong prop wash from ship, so I still suspect a variable pitch malfunction
, either with prop indicator lights or some linkage..??
….Looks like it may have caused skipper
to panic and apply excessive throttle, thinking he was in Astern, with all the undocking confusion,.
It is normal for tug assist when departing a dry dock, as you don’t want the ship to use astern propulsion anywhere near the docking
Once clear, tug will help to turn if in tight quarters and is there in case of a problem with engines or steering.
Of note, experienced tug boat operator will always have control of tow line to quickly let go in case ship overwhelms them….I don’t think they had any choice in this case but to let go when they had a runaway ship.
In any case, it was a Seaspan Tug… same owner of Drydock…. Who happens to be an interesting American (Dennis Washington)… So between the fish
boat owner and the Yard…this was definitely an all American screw-up… eh?
A little about Dennis Washington