The grounding of a mega vessel in the Suez Canal was a little bit of wakeup call for the entire industry.
It is not clear yet why all these happened but the maritime press (and not only) have paid plenty of attention of this case analysing practically all which could be analysed starting from the overall damaging effect of the crew changing crisis up to the difficulty of manoeuvring a ship in a channel already too narrow for the todays behemoths.
I see nothing wrong in all these analysis excepting the fact that all comes a little bit too late.
I don’t know why but I still have an uncomfortable gut feeling that until now not all risks are addressed but I trust that some teams work hard just now for this.
... the team of administrators of the “Maritime Group” has organized a poll asking the following question:
The poll was answered by 89 of people from the total number of members of more than 52000 and the results of the poll are:
The marine operations request proper preparation of the asset and in many cases proper weather forecasts. This action looks extremely logical and represents a normal answer for the increasing of risks with the increasing of the dimensions of the ships crossing through the canal.A very good question could be which vessels could do a routine passing and which vessels would be requested to do the passing under marine operation regime. Probably the Canal statistics could provide some answers.
Despite winning the 2nd place on this poll, the ban of all mega ships from passing through the Suez Canal is unlikely from too many (good) reasons. As engineer I trust that safe solutions could be achieved for all realistic engineering problems.
… likely but not blindly and entirely. Each Canal has its own conditions and challenges.
… unlikely and not really what will do an engineer…
Obviously the results of the official investigation will drive the further actions of the Suez Canal authorities but still it will be interesting to observe if the results of the poll would match the actions the actions or it would be just unfounded “fast thinking”.
The “Maritime Group” administrators and Futureoftheocean team would like to thanks to all the respondents of the poll. Your effort for the benefit of this community is highly praised.
3rdpicture is the screen capture of the final results of the poll organized on the “Maritime Group”, credit Ramona Popa (Mony Wee Bonnie on FaceBook, Instagram and Etsy)
Minaret of a prayer room overlooking the Northern entry point of Suez Canal at Port Said.
The author of the text is Dr. Marius Popa. The text was published on 6th of April 2021
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