Monday, May 1, 2017

Well that's your problem, right there

A ferry seems to have lost power (presumably on the bridge?) and does a hard turn to port, ramming a breakwater.  Yow.

That's something you don't see every day.


matism said...

I wonder if the guy in the foreground of that video had brown shorts after the impact?

ambisinistral said...

If you look at its wake it turns to make the approach. Perhaps when it made that turn the wind caught it and pushed it out of the channel.

That's what happened when the Summit Venture brought down the south span of the Sunshine Skyway bridge in Tampa. The channel had a turn in it and when the ship turned the wind caught it and drove it into a bridge piling.

Granted -- that was in a bad storm. Hard to tell from the video if there is any wind.

Paul, Dammit! said...

My understanding is that there was a power failure, and the electronically-controlled clutch and throttle quit responding to the OOW.

Older boats have redundant systems. Had that boat been 20 years older, it would have had pneumatic controls that run off the air receivers in the engine room, and/or/also a telemotor or hydraulically-controlled backup. I've used all of them, and like the modern controls the least.