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    Re: Fw: Grounding of cruiser PORT ROYAL
    From: Henry Halboth
    Date: 2009 Jul 15, 12:20 -0700
    Amen. Greg - but my, you are too kind.
     
    I am well familar with the reef area off the Honolulu Airport runway, having some years ago refloated a stranded vessel from the exact location described. She mistook the airport lights for the Harbor Entrance and went up on the reef at 4-bells + a jingle.
     
    There is little or no excuse for a ship going aground in this area - unless loss of situational awareness simply means not keeping a lookout; of course keeping enough water under the keel is also helpful - so the fathometer was not workng; what happened to the hand lead - at one time Navy Regs required a leadsman in the chain when entering or leaving port or coming to anchor. Oh well, times do change.
     
    Also "soft grounding" is a new term to me. How many millions in repair costs define the dividing line.
     
    Regards,
     
    Henry


    --- On Wed, 7/15/09, Greg Rudzinski <gregrudzinski---.com> wrote:

    From: Greg Rudzinski <gregrudzinski---.com>
    Subject: [NavList 9094] Re: Fw: Grounding of cruiser PORT ROYAL
    To: "NavList" <NavList@fer3.com>
    Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 11:37 AM


    The news article did not mention anything about radar utilization or
    wether there was a harbor pilot aboard. Hmmm...even on a shake down
    cruise with a sleep deprived (hung over ?) skeleton crew this should
    not have happened. Maintaining a tug escort out of dry dock until all
    systems are confirmed functional would have been prudent. Simple radar
    ranging would have saved the day for sure.

    Greg

    On Jul 14, 10:27 am, "George Huxtable" <geo...{at}hux.me.uk> wrote:
    > I wonder whether this will be of interest, about the grounding of a US Navy
    > vessel  off Pearl Harbour in February..
    >
    > You'll need to copy-and-paste the links, I suspect.
    >
    > George.
    >
    > http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090707/NEWS08/907070350/H...
    >
    >  http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090712/COLUMNISTS32/90712...

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