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Raja Ferry plays down safety fears after video of car deck flooding and ship listing on way to Samui

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2 minutes ago, Itsnottheplaceitwas said:

Do me a favour have 2 more 

 

 

& when your out of jokes oh wise one take a look at " whens my thai GF gonna buy me a beer " 

hard to believe there are so many brain deads over here

yiu can make me chuckle 3 times today 

that will be 3 times this month 

The month has just started. Wait till about the 25th it will be full steam ahead damn the draw bridges. Here is a good one for you. My Thai g/f bought me a beer the day before yesterday just before she told me that she was going away for 4 days to do a "Mission Impossible" I no longer rise to the bait I said go for it. 4 days of fun and merriment and peace and quiet. For the sake of disclosure she is not your average Thai lady God bless her she talks a mile a minute and is an expert on everything. 

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5 hours ago, abab said:

Rich as they are, how can they keep using the 50 years old boat ?

 

 

That is how they got rich in the first place.

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On 3/2/2017 at 10:10 PM, smotherb said:

The incident brings to mind the Townsend Thoreson incident off the coast of Belgium. Well, how about the Dona Paz, an extremely overloaded ferry, and Victor, an oil tanker, off the Luzon coast in the PI in 1987.  It was near Christmas and the 1400 passenger capacity Dona Paz was carrying more like 4,000 passengers going home for Christmas.  The two ships ran into each other and exploded, only 24 people were rescued, over half were crew from the Victor.

 

I used to prefer taking the Dona Paz from Manila to Cebu and return in the 70's--nice first-class cabins with cold a/c, private first-class deck, well-prepared dinner and party with a band at night. Quite an enjoyable and romantic cruise. If you didn't have your current sweet thing with you, you could always go back to steerage and offer upgrades to special young ladies.  The last time I took the Dona Paz was in the early 80's, the a/c was out, the first class deck was berth to fourth-class passengers, and there was no band in the main dining hall at night--the food also was not nearly as good as it had been just a few years earlier. Fortunately, I took the old Dona no more.

according to wiki:  only 26 survivors were retrieved from the water. Twenty-four of them were passengers from the Doña Paz while the other two were crewmen from the Vector's 13-man crew

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2 hours ago, gk10002000 said:

according to wiki:  only 26 survivors were retrieved from the water. Twenty-four of them were passengers from the Doña Paz while the other two were crewmen from the Vector's 13-man crew

Yeah, but even Larry Wales--the founder of wikipedia--suggests you shouldn't quote wikipedia for anything important

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ID: 30   Posted (edited)

I watched the video in the OP link and, contrary to my own cynicism, lean toward the Company on this one.  To me, the language used by passengers and furthered in the press, is a bit over the top in this case.

 

Of course the admission by Raja Ferries that a OTS deck drain, or more than one perhaps, was blocked, doesn't help their case any and certainly feeds the stereotype, and my cynicism. 

 

Having said that, the amount of water wasn't normal, neither was the sea state (apparently), but IMV, not a grave concern. I could understand how a less experienced and/or nervous passenger might think it was a huge problem standing in ankle deep water.  I would like to think, however, that the crew would have recognized the fact the water wasn't gravity draining OTS as it ought to.  Not clear if they sussed and fixed it out there on the spot or later, only AFTER the flame spraying they got on social media. The latter, again,, smacks of explaining it away by admitting to carelessness with maintenance and safety checks. 

 

Re: listing..... In the video, it appeared to me they were taking on water from a forward/stbd angle, sloshing to and run aft on the port side;  suggesting they were probably quartering into the wind and waves, which would contribute to pitch/roll and that "listing" feeling, especially on a vessel not suited to higher sea states.  It would also mean that the portion of waves not deflected and dampened by bow projection under the ramp, were sloshing up and onto the lower hinge joint, and against the right side vertical ramp/hull join area.  So yes, esp in higher sea state, water's going to get in....which is why the frickin' deck drains and scuppers need to be clear.. 

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The Belgian capsize in '87 was due to having previously filled forward sea water/ballast tanks to compensate for ramp config issues at the pier, and the tragically wrong ASSUMPTION made by the responsible officer on the bridge, who got underway without the required confirmation that the bloody front doors were closed. 

tp://www.ship-disasters.com/passenger-ship-disasters/herald-of-free-enterprise/

 

 

 

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