Final report is out from the ATSB (Australian Transportation Safety
Bureau) about young Jess v. Silver Yang: ATSB final report
- as well as the summary there's a full 48 page report you can download as a PDF.
Lots of new light shed on the freighter crew: they thought she was a buoy 3–5 miles away when in fact she was a girl 0.6 miles away! It didn't occur to them to check their AIS
or examine the green light with binoculars. after the collision
, they didn't try to find out if she was ok or even tell the ship's master about the collision
until 26 minutes later.
Lots of creative reasons are also produced as to how a solo yachtswoman can not see a 200m long ship at 1 mile either visually or on her radar
. They manage to avoid the obvious one of "maybe she wasn't looking"!
Some interesting observations on the visibility of Class B AIS transmissions: in tests, 8 out of 9 ships said they couldn't see Pink Lady on their AIS! Moral: upgrade your AIS to Class A!!!