Thursday, 30 July 2015
Wednesday, 29 April 2015
You can view it on Jim Walkers Cruise Law News or click on the link below.
Enjoy your viewing.
Monday, 16 September 2013
Sunday, 4 August 2013
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Yet another Captain who deserted his sinking ship and passengers, like Captain Avrannas did to us on the Oceanos 20 years ago!
The difference is, Captain Avrannas never got prosecuted !
Costa Concordia cruise ship sinking: Striking photographs of tragedy in shallow waters
Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground off the west coast of Italy, at Giglio island. Rescuers were painstakingly checking thousands of cabins on the Italian liner for 16 people still unaccounted for out of the 4,200 who were on board...
Thursday, 4 August 2011
Here is a link detailing the official SASAR rescue operation
Monday, 30 May 2011
- What is the captain's duty to his ship and to his passengers and crew following a casualty which threatens to sink the vessel.
- What is the source of that duty and how is it enforced.
- Finally, does the order to abandon ship extinguish any further duty by the captain to the ship and it's passengers and crew?
Sunday, 5 December 2010
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Saturday, 25 September 2010
Sunday, 19 September 2010
It is hard to believe that the Oceanos sank 19 years ago, anyhow it is time I updated my blog, so here goes.
By far the most enquiries I have received from people who viewed my blog relate to the actions of the captain, so I will include an interesting article I located on the internet which relates to the duties of the captain on a sinking ship.
"Federal statues impose few specific requirements on a merchant ship's captain following a casualty. The shipping laws of the United States and most other nations do contain a "Standby Act," which requires the captain of a ship involved in a collision or other incident with another vessel to stand by and render such assistance as the ship is capable of. However no statute or regulation specifically addresses the captain's duty to his own ship in the event of a sinking.
Nevertheless, the captain's duty to remain with his ship until the end is recognized. The Merchant Marine Officers Handbook, for example, lists the duties of a master following a casualty. According to the hand-book the master is:
1. The last man to leave the vessel;
2. Bound to use all reasonable efforts to save everything possible (ship and cargo ), through aid of salvage, if necessary;
3. Responsible for return of the crew;
4. Responsible for communicating promptly with owners and underwriters;
5. In charge until lawfully suspended.
Federal case law largely echoes this handbook. Courts have ruled that a captain's duty "includes doing, at all times, everything possible to preserve the vessel." And "even though the so-called duty of a captain to go down with his ship exists more in fiction than in fact, there can be no doubt that he must risk even that, in some measure, if by remaining aboard he may be able to save her".
The duties imposed on merchant vessel captains are enforced in a number of ways. Captains who fail in their duty to the ship's owner or passengers will likely find that - like Jim in Conrad's novel - the only available work is a position as water clerk. In addition, any licensed mariner who is found to have committed an act of misconduct, negligence, or incompetence in his duties may face license suspension or revocation proceedings. Finally, the master may find himself facing a variety of lawsuits.
Maritime law and naval regulations and custom impose a broadly defined duty on captains of ships involved in casualties to attempt to save their ship if at all possible. Failing that, the captain must remain in command at all times and do his best to ensure the safety of any passengers and crew members in abandoning ship and effecting rescue. To accomplish this, the captain must remain aboard his vessel until all passengers and crew are evacuated or accounted for. At that point, the wise ship's captain will no doubt conclude that it is better to "live and fight another day" than go down with the ship.
This is an excerpt. The original article was written by Craig Allen, a Coast Guard attorney presently serving as commanding officer of the Coast Guard cutter Resolute.
Thursday, 31 December 2009
Saturday, 24 October 2009
You can view some actual footage of the final moments of the Oceanos sinking by clicking the links below.
And some TV news footage at the time on the links below.
My Experience of the sinking
In this day and age, there are very few people who have been ship wrecked, and even fewer who survive to tell the tale.
I eventually made my way back to my sleeping quarters in the pilots cabin. There was someone asleep on my bunk, so I found a spare mattress, put it on the floor and went to sleep.
I don't recall what time I woke up the next day, but we headed for the canteen which had become our meeting point. We were fed again and advised that we would soon be entering Port Elizabeth harbour.
Once all the docking procedures had been completed, we walked down the gangplank to where busses were waiting. There was a large contingent of press reporters and camera crews waiting. One of the reporters tried to interview me, but I was in no mood to be interrogated and continued on my way to the bus.
We had a police escort, and once all of us were on the bus, they set off with lights flashing and sirens blaring. We didn't stop at any traffic lights or stop signs anywhere along the route, and soon arrived at the Holiday Inn Hotel. The whole hotel had been closed off for us, and we were guided to the dining area, and fed again.
There were lots of South African Defence Force personnell, as well as many South African Airways staff there to assist us. At the first opportunity I gave one of the SAA staff my details and asked them to contact my SAA colleagues at Durban Airport where I worked, to advise them of my whereabouts.
We were then interviewed one at a time by SA Defence Force psychologists. They were surprised at how calm we were, but warned us to be careful of delayed reactions to our traumatic experience, and to look out for symptoms in our families as well. We then went to the hotel reception and were given the keys to our hotel rooms.
When I got into my room, the first thing I did was to phone my Dad. It was Monday morning, and he was at work. He was so relieved to hear from me that he broke down on the telephone. At that stage no one knew whether we were dead or alive as communications about the survivors had been very vague. He told me that Yvette and the children were fine, and were due to arrive in Durban Harbour shortly, and that Yvette's parents were waiting there to collect them.
I then called Neal in his room and we got together. Shortly afterwards hotel staff brought us toothbrushes and toothpaste and sandals, as we were all barefoot. The staff advised us that we would be collected later and taken to the airport to be flown home. We were then able to have a shower and freshen up.
In due course we were put on busses and taken to the airport. It was strange checking in with absolutely no luggage - not even hand baggage. I still had a ships flare in my jacket pocket, and knowing it was prohibited on board an aircraft, I asked one of my SAA colleagues by the name of Johan, who worked at the airport, to look after it for me - I wonder if he still has it. We were advised that our flight was being re-routed via East London to pick up more survivors.
Neal and I were fortunate enough to be seated in Business Class again, thanks to our SAA colleagues. During the flight, the Captain announced over the PA system that wreckage from the Oceanos could be seen below us. There was lots of flotsam and plastic deck chairs clearly visible on the surface, and we also saw a life boat washed up on the shore.
We landed at East London, picked up more survivors, and were soon winging our way down to Durban. It is only a short hop from East London and less than an hour later we were descending for Durban airport.
Inside the terminal building there was a huge welcoming committee consisting of family, friends and colleagues. It was a very emotional scene, and my wife Yvette and the children, my parents and brothers were there to meet me. I couldn't wait to get home after a really exhausting experience.
A few days later, it was back to work, and gradually things started to return to normal.
To be continued.......
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