US navy destroyer USS Porter damaged in collision in Strait of Hormuz | World news | guardian.co.uk

A US navy guided-missile destroyer was left with a gaping hole on one side after it collided with an oil tanker early Sunday just outside the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

The collision left a breach about 10 feet by 10 feet (three by three meters) in the starboard side of USS Porter. No one was injured on either vessel, the navy said in a statement.

The collision with the Panamanian-flagged and Japanese-owned bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan happened about 1am local time. Photos released by the navy showed workers standing amid twisted metal and other debris hanging down from the hole.

via US navy destroyer USS Porter damaged in collision in Strait of Hormuz | World news | guardian.co.uk.

I’ll leave it to Jay to discuss finer points of the rules of the road, but suffice it to say that if you get hit starboard side forward, there’s a pretty good chance you’re at fault.

US navy destroyer USS Porter damaged in collision in Strait of Hormuz | World news | guardian.co.uk

8 thoughts on “US navy destroyer USS Porter damaged in collision in Strait of Hormuz | World news | guardian.co.uk”

  1. DId they have a copy of COLREGs on the bridge?
    Ref for the non-OOD qualified: Section II (for vessels in sight of one another)

    15. Crossing situations
    When two power-driven vessels are crossing, the vessel which has the other on the starboard side must give way and avoid crossing ahead of her. The saying is “If to starboard red appear, ’tis your duty to keep clear”.

    108,000 shaft horsepower, controllable pitch propellers, International traffic separation scheme, and CIC to back you up, and you let a tanker French-kiss your starboard side right in front of the bridge?

    My prediction: New job openings after the JAGMAN investigation.

    1. No deaths, at least. My former DivO on Courtney drove Belknap into the JFK. 6 men died on that one and both CO and OOD went to Court Martial over that one. I lost track of the OOD after the Court was announced.

      I hope the QMOW was keeping the log well and the CICWO, Lookouts, and the BMOW were screaming bloody murder. For their sake, if not anyone else’s.

      Another “Sheriff’s Badge with explosive bolts.”

    2. Aren’t you the smug one, and little poems to boot. You can predict the future but you missed the part that the ships were meeting not crossing. Many lives will be changed forever for the worst. Most men in the CAPTs position die within 10 years of the collision. Whatever happened, the men responsible spent years of their youth learning seamanship and sacrificed greatly for the privilage of serving the line in the US Navy. Regardless of the outcome no one will feel the pain of failure more than those, in who’s hands, the country placed their trust while we all slept.

      Until you’ve worked all day, tried to get a couple of hours sleep before your midnight watch, found out for the umpteenth night that all you did was to awaken to your eyes burning, sick to your stomach, hoping the coffee will help, try to get the picture right, assume the watch and on the way out the guy you relieved told you you were in deep dodo over something you totally forgot because you were chasing your tail all day doing stuff that was probably unnecessary. The surface navy eats their young and you’re in the middle of a no sleep cruise. Stretching yourself to your limits and at the end of it all you weren’t good enough….

      Get your jollies somewhere else. This was the worst day of many mens lives and they don’t even have a shadow to hide under. The Navy will jetison these people, but not before they stand them in front of the entire seagoing service and humiliate them as only the Navy can.

      Any man that serves at sea for twenty years and says he never had an accident or a close call is a liar or the luckiest man in uniform.

  2. QM, I used your DivO as an example when I was training JOODs or telling new Ensigns what is important on watch, back in the day. As I understand it, (from the Navy Safety Center report) the OOD did not listen to or use his watch team. He ignored the lookouts, CIC, and did not call the captain in time.

    Responsibility should mean listening to others, not just your own ego.
    I can’t claim to be the best shipdriver ever on the bridge, but I never cut in front of a tanker unsuccessfully. I used my watch team. /Shoe rant off.

    Lets see how the investigation plays out before talking about Lex’s evocative phrases “Exploding bolts” and “no band COC”. Lots of data onboard to examine. Channel 16 recordings should be interesting. It could even be the tankers fault, although unlikely.

    1. I remember when my DivO came aboard. He made a point of telling me hsi father was a retired Captain and that he held a degree in Engineering from Virginia Tech. Turned out it was in Industrial Engineering, but his father really was a retired Captain.

      He had utterly no feel for relative motion. He even had trouble using a maneuvering board to compute true wind, and real problems with it when computing CPA, or course and speed to station. I learned both on my own with some coaching from the Radar guys, and a couple of them had some choice words for my DivO. I think he really tried to master maneuvering bard problems, but didn’t seem to be able to hack it on Courtney. A couple of the OODs tried to tell him never to trust the solution blindly – always fudge some. I never was able to read the reports about the incident, but I suspect he trusted a solution when he shouldn’t have, and didn’t fudge. He also had a strong tendency towards not listening to anyone not his senior.

      It really was a sad thing to see. My QMC, who was about my father’s age (and treated me almost like a son as he had only two daughters), retired because of the disgust he felt from our new DivO. I’m glad he didn’t have to live under the even worse stuff that I saw after he retired.

  3. I cringed when I read the story this morning. Hard to defend in this day and age of ARPA & AIS. There are so many tools available to the modern mariner. Not to mention a naval vessel having multiple lookouts, CIC, etc. But, having been involved in a couple post incident investigations, I really prefer to wait for the final report before casting any aspersions. Sometimes things are not as they seem. I’ve made passing arraingements with vessels only to have them turn towards me more times than I can count. Time, and the VDR will tell.
    The biggest thing drilled into my head over the years regarding COLREGS is Rule 2. Responsibility. COLREGS can hang you, just as easily as they can help you.

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