[QUOTE=tugmstr;39955][B][I][U]Where was the Look out?[/U][/I][/B] Surely, on a 6 on 6 off watch schedule or other watch rotation, one of the deckhands would have been positioned on the bow of the barge with a radio. Good Seamanship and the COLREGS demand nothing less.
Come on, really?
I don’t know where you been workin or what you been workin on but that is the first thing an inland towboat operator will usually get hit for is not having a proper lookout posted. It is just not practical to have a man on the head of the tow 24/7.
Sketchy areas…yes. 24/7 no.
We ain’t talking about a 1000’ MSC ship at sea with nothing better for the OS to do than sit in a little dog house on the bow and play lookout.
Sometimes i would like to see better manning requirements also but some tugs just can’t accomodate a large crew.
I have worked a lot of tugs where it was just one wheelman and one deckhand on watch together at a time. sometimes only one deckhand on call watch.
It is hard to keep a boat running today with a big crew unless you have a good contract paying really well for your crew and your boat.
As long as the wheelman was well rested manning should not even factor into this one.
Very sad yes.
Due to improper manning or lookout? I think it would be better to wait for the ntsb investigation.