Watch the AIS replay of the collision between Coral Ivory and the SIderfly

I can’t even imagine a scenario on the bridge of the Coral Ivory that could explain this. Have to see it to believe it.

Conversely on the Siderfly I can picture that bridge. The lookout is pointing in disbelief and the second mate is saying “Holy Crap!”

You can find the AIS replay on the gcaptain hompage article: “Kiel Canal Remains Closed following Ship Collision”

Here is a link for the lazy:

Some either didn’t make a security call or the other guy ignored it.

Security call? Someone wasn’t looking out of the bridge windows.

What’s the single most important navigational tool on any vessel’s bridge? That would be TFW. THE F#£<ING WINDOW.

Is the canal a one way at a time deal? It seems narrow for meeting traffic.

Pilots were probably required on both vessels. Lots of traffic. I could see a scenario where the pilot departing the pier thought he was making starboard to starboard passing arrangements but was in contact with a different vessel.

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From all us lazy guys - Thanks!!! :slight_smile:

I am a lot in the Kiel Canal. In Kiel Canal for this size of ship it is compulsory not only to take a pilot but also professional helmsmen (people who have a OOW 500 GT licence and and who take over the steering for the entire canal passage). General practise for ships of this size is that the master goes down below during the canal transit and leaves the OOW with the pilot. As a rule during the canal passage the pilot has the con even though officially the OOW of the vessel remains in charge. However this is not always easy as the conversation between pilot and those helmsmen as well as with all coastal parties and other ships is entirely in German language. This can cause a severe delay until the OOW realizes that something is going terribly wrong and until he might call the captain to inform him about this…