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Re: City Of Rotterdam

Postby Patrick Hill » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:40 pm

northeast wrote:South Shields in the rain, you old romantic, you know how to treat a girl well :D

Au contraire, it was me being treat well due to the annual increase in years :)

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Re: City Of Rotterdam

Postby teesships » Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:34 am

Another cluttered view from Jarrow - 2 July 2017:
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Re: City Of Rotterdam

Postby teesships » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:23 pm

A touch higher out of the water - but otherwise not much different than last time!
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Re: City Of Rotterdam

Postby creemaster » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:00 pm

Pilot and Captain Sentenced in Car Carrier Collision
The captain and the pilot of the car carrier CITY OF ROTTERDAM have been sentenced to four months in prison for their
involvement in a collision with the DFDS ro/ro Primula Seaways in December 2015.
Capt. Ruslan Urumov and pilot Gehan Sirimanne both pled guilty to charges of conduct endangering a ship; the court has
suspended their sentences for a period of 18 months. In addition, Sirimanne must pay $60,000 in court costs, an amount that will be covered
by his former employer, Associated British Ports. On the evening of December 3, 2015, the City of Rotterdam departed the port of
Inningham, England. While the vessel was outbound, strong winds and a pronounced tidal stream set her to the north, towards
the inbound lane. The Primula Seaways was headed inbound making 14 knots, and the VTS watchstander alerted her of the
Rotterdam's situation and the growing risk of collision. Aboard the Rotterdam, the pilot made a gradual series of course
corrections to offset the wind and current and bring her back to the south. The heading changes were not sufficient, and the
vessels collided. The Rotterdam suffered damage below the waterline and a long gash along her port bow, and the Primula
required about $3 million in repairs to her bow and forecastle. The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) concluded
that the incident was due to the pilot’s loss of situational awareness and the bridge team's failure to intervene, all exacerbated
by an unusual bridge layout. The MAIB determined that the Rotterdam’s pilot failed to apprehend the developing risk of
collision because he had experienced "relative motion illusion" – that is, he was mistaken about the ship’s direction of travel.
The City of Rotterdam's bridge windows are laid out in a semi-circle, not in a straight line as found on conventional vessels.
Only the middle window looks ahead, and all other windows frame a view that is off of the centerline axis. The MAIB
determined that this layout – combined with the absence of any bow or jackstaff visible from the bridge – can be disorienting
for watchstanders, even when they are aware of the problem. VDR audio recordings from the Rotterdam confirmed that prior to
the collision, pilot Sirimanne believed that he was traveling in the direction that he was looking – but he was looking off the
centerline axis. Capt. Urumov was on the bridge but did not intervene until it was too late to prevent a collision. Court
testimony indicated that both men were well-regarded members of the maritime community, and both had more than 30 years’
experience at sea. In sentencing, Judge Jeremy Richardson acknowledged that the ship’s design had played a part in the
accident.source : MAREX
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Re: City Of Rotterdam

Postby northeast » Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:23 am

Thanks Graham .... what a strange situation with those curved windows ... goes back to a basic design fault.
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Re: City Of Rotterdam

Postby Dennis Maccoy » Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:05 pm

Sailing for Zeebrugge this morning.
City of Rotterdam, 9 March 2018 (1)_1.JPG
City of Rotterdam, 9 March 2018 (4)_1.JPG
City of Rotterdam, 9 March 2018 (5)_1.JPG
Regards, Dennis.
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