Why did the MV Explorer an antarctic bound ship sink from such a minor breach?

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Why did the MV Explorer an antarctic bound ship sink from such a minor breach?

If you are going on a tour of the Antarctic by ship then surely you would want one with the ability to survive a brush with an iceburg. Afterall the odds of meeting them in the waters would rank very high.

Apparently however the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) didn't think it would be a risk
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Yesterday it emerged that UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) inspectors had found five faults with Explorer when it docked at Greenock, Inverclyde in May.

These had included missing search and rescue plans and lifeboat maintenance problems. Watertight doors were described as "not as required", and the fire safety measures also attracted criticism.

The M/S Explorer hit a lump of ice off King George Island this morning and the impact left the vessel with a crack in the hull the size of a fist
The MV Explorer was sunk by a fist sized hole in the side. Hardly a life threatening incident one would think, but if "watertight doors are not needed" then once the water gets in its all over. Someone needs to lose their job over that incident.

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/a...
By netchicken: posted on 25-11-2007

It seems there may be a history of poorly maintained ships.

Mr Pettus who worked for the company which ran the ill-fated cruise ship Explorer which capsized in the Antarctic has claimed there were safety issues with other cruises operated by the firm.

On one occasion, panicking holidaymakers abandoned a yacht operated by GAP Adventures in the Greek Islands halfway through a cruise because they were so unhappy about the safety of the vessel, said New Zealand man Daryl Pettus, who worked for the Canadian-based firm.

The Explorer was the only ship GAP Adventures used for cruises to Antarctica.

However, the company also runs tour operations on yachts that are leased from sub-contractors in Athens, Greece.

Mr Pettus said he was employed by GAP Adventures as yachtmaster in the Greek islands in 2006.

"Myself and three other captains expressed serious concerns about the safety status of the yachts we were expected to operate."

On one occasion Mr Pettus said he had all his guests decide to leave a boat part way through the one-week cruise because they didn't have confidence in the safety of the vessel.

"I supported their action and subsequently turned the boat over to the sub-contracting provider in exchange for another boat, which was only marginally better."

The general issue of seaworthiness of the vessels was a constant worry throughout the six-month season, Mr Pettus said.

More on the site
 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/s...
By netchicken: posted on 26-11-2007








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