U.S. Ready for South China Sea Confrontation


They were probably bargaining to get as cheap sh*t as possible and got it.
Try paying a fair price next time.


Good question. I have asked myself the same, but I have never had to approve a voyage on any of these vessels, so it has never been an issue for me personally.

I did have the same problem taking command of a Drillship with wheelhouse aft and not much visibility dead ahead. The arrangement was approved by flag state and class though.
My solution was to place a lookout on either bridge wing, day and night, 24/7 while under way.

There were a CCTV in the derrick that could be used to look ahead, but as far as I’m concerned that is not an acceptable and legal solution, no matter how much the Toolpusher insisted that he needed the crews to work for him. No other Captain have ever insisted on this, apparently.

A few months later, the ship had a minor collision in the Singapore Strait and got a lot of the blame for that particular reason. No proper lookout and no clear visibility ahead.

Most other HLVs with aft superstructure and bridge have a fwrd. bridge, which is accessible via a tunnel from fore to aft as seen here:


Straits Times has updated their SCS reports with several articles, including the before and after reefs:
Makes a good (long) read.


Oh boy, the national debt angle. For perspective China owns about 8% of the total US national debt. The majority is US owned. China used to buy US bonds as a way to soak up the excess Dollars it earned in trade with the US, hoping that by doing so this would maintain the value of the US Dollar high in trade while keeping that of the Yuen low and thus keeping the terms of trade favorable to them. The problem with this, as the Japanese found out the hard way, is that this trade imbalance ends up inflating the living daylights out of their own economy. Btw, this is a policy the US government aggressively promoted because it allowed the US government to run current accounts deficits without worrying about inflating the US economy and a large reason why nations resent US claims of “dumping”. US policy creates these situaitons. China no longer buys US debt to the degree it once did. Japan in the 1990s held a far higher proportion of US debt that China ever did and Japans decades long economic doldrums inform current Chinese trade and monetary policy.