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Re: Accidents and mishaps at sea
« Reply #270 on: Mar 24, 2021, 12:28 AM »
Does anyone think it is not an accident but a grounding on purpose to block the Canal ?
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Re: Accidents and mishaps at sea
« Reply #272 on: Mar 24, 2021, 10:26 AM »
Does anyone think it is not an accident but a grounding on purpose to block the Canal ?

Given the huge global significance of the canal, you have to wonder ...

I did see a droll comment last night saying they'd seen a headline about Suez and asking what the Brits had been up to now .. if you're too young you'll need to look that one up (or maybe you saw it in the first series of the crown!)
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Re: Accidents and mishaps at sea
« Reply #273 on: Mar 24, 2021, 12:02 PM »
Does anyone think it is not an accident but a grounding on purpose to block the Canal ?

I don't think so in this case. Also, too many different groups (with different agendas and ideologies) would lose out in today's globalised economy so I don't think it would be in their interest. Having said that, of course non-state actors could always want to throw a spanner in the works via such an incident as this.

I did see a droll comment last night saying they'd seen a headline about Suez and asking what the Brits had been up to now .. if you're too young you'll need to look that one up (or maybe you saw it in the first series of the crown!)

Ah, the Suez Crisis of 1957 - anyone with an interest in history should know this regardless of age!
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Re: Accidents and mishaps at sea
« Reply #274 on: Mar 24, 2021, 12:18 PM »

Ah, the Suez Crisis of 1957 - anyone with an interest in history should know this regardless of age!

 Not in this country Thomas! I doubt many teens/twenties would even know where Suez is!
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Re: Accidents and mishaps at sea
« Reply #275 on: Mar 24, 2021, 12:51 PM »
Not in this country Thomas! I doubt many teens/twenties would even know where Suez is!
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Sadly I agree :( - Along with the widespread "sea blindness".
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Re: Accidents and mishaps at sea
« Reply #276 on: Mar 24, 2021, 03:43 PM »
I've seen they're saying they've opened an older channel in order to ease congestion?  I've looked at the satellite image and have no idea where it might be, any ideas?

They're saying they'll have dredgers on the scene later. The bulbous bow is shoved deep into the sand at the side.
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Re: Accidents and mishaps at sea
« Reply #277 on: Mar 24, 2021, 03:49 PM »
I've seen they're saying they've opened an older channel in order to ease congestion?  I've looked at the satellite image and have no idea where it might be, any ideas?

The only other channels I can see are those to the north of the Great Bitter Lake - maybe's it's to reduce the congestion caused by ships piling up on the southbound route?

What struck me as strange from the satellite imagery, given the heavy shipping traffic through the canal, is the use of temporary floating bridges alongside the usual ferry crossings. I presume they can be deconstructed or moved very quickly?
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Re: Accidents and mishaps at sea
« Reply #278 on: Mar 24, 2021, 05:50 PM »
Thought I'd add a relevant photo from our wondeful gallery, from Andreas.

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=5353#top_display_media

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Re: Accidents and mishaps at sea
« Reply #280 on: Mar 24, 2021, 09:51 PM »
Does anyone think it is not an accident but a grounding on purpose to block the Canal ?

The thought had occurred to me, but as others have said I feel it's unlikely because of the lack of any claim of responsibility and, as has been pointed out, too many widely differing interests would be affected.  There's also been relatively lower than normal tensions in the region recently, so there isn't that much of a m,otive for anyone either at present.

I don't believe the "gust of wind" excuse either as no other vessel was affected.

Yesterday they were blaming a steering gear failure, but two things count against that:

1) Nobody in their right mind would attempt to enter the canal unassisted if they had any dounts about the ability of their vessel to hold a course.

2) The vessel had enough control prior to entering the canal to be able to quite neatly draw rather rude images on the tracking traces.
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Re: Accidents and mishaps at sea
« Reply #282 on: Mar 26, 2021, 09:00 PM »
Just looking at a 1956 Giles annual and found a very appropriate cartoon :D :D

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« Reply #283 on: Mar 27, 2021, 12:49 PM »
Another theory!
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« Reply #284 on: Mar 27, 2021, 09:45 PM »
I remember buying this T shirt in Alaska many years ago.... ;D