How Did those ships Collide?

Can someone explain to me how the Japanese container ship and the US Fitzgerald collided at sea?  

23 Answers

I think both ships tried to occupy the same space at the same time as the other.

Hmmm sounds like the dog and I in my bed ... dog always wins ...


I was wondering that myself. With all the "Gee Wiz, Hi Fi Techno" gadgetry they have nowadays on planes, trains, ships, and hips, how can things like this still happen???

Having been in the Navy, I know what is going to happen in the very near future for the destroyer crew, court martial for the skipper, navigation team, officer of the watch, and who ever else was on watch.

plus the seven missing sailors.

Heads will roll for this disaster.

Japanese container ship, US battleship.....answer.....opposites attract

I could have blamed the Asian driver

Are you referring to a 4 leg animal?

Didn't a US sub take out a Japanese fishing boat a few years ago?

With todays technology, this is so strange.

About 25 years ago (+/- more + than -) I had the privilege of being on the bridge of the Golden Odyssey (Royal Cruise Line - Deputy Manager of the cruise line invitation) while on a Mediterranean cruise. While we were on the bridge a Soviet Freighter person came over the bridge radio and asked our Captain "Do you intend to continue on your collision course?"

Our Captain was livid and said a lot of words in Greek that I did not understand (fortunately nor could by wife at the time). I know his public reply to the freighter was very civil, with words to the effect that his cruise ship would be maneuvering shortly to avoid a collision.

Bottom line, even 25+ years ago, with the other ship just barely visible by sight, we saw the other ship on the radar with its direction, speed, and path of future progression/trajectory on the Golden Odyssey's radar scope. I was impressed then, and still impressed with that particular radar system aboard the cruise ship.


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