Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Hit & Run

Hit and RunLady Jane got hit.

All I know at the moment is that some unknown vessel hit Lady Jane sometime between Sunday evening and Tuesday evening - a space of some 48 hours.

As soon as I got on board last night I knew there was something wrong. All sorts of things had fallen over or been knocked off their perches. Things that didn't even move when Lady Jane was travelling.

Finally, after travelling around Lady Jane in the RIB I saw the damage that had been done and realised she had been hit from astern.

The photograph does not give a realistic view of the size dent that has been made in what is 10mm steel there.

Obviously there is damage to the woodwork etc. on the inside as well.

The unknown vessel has also partially crushed the corner of my trusty wooden platform.

It appears that Lilagina, the boat behind me, has also suffered some damage, though it appears largely superficial as Lady Jane seems to have taken the brunt of the accident.

I have not checked yet, but will be willing to bet that the ABP mooring buoy has also suffered somewhat.

I'd say this was a quite a substantial hit by a big, blue, vessel. I cannot imagine it got off with little or no damage either.

I think it's appalling that someone can do this and not report it themselves.

How would they know nobody was injured on either Lady Jane or Lilagina or, for that matter, how would they know they have not caused either vessel to sink somehow?

I called Southampton VTS on the radio last night and reported this, and followed that up with a phone call today.

We shall see what happens....


*********** UPDATE *******************

I have heard from witnesses who have sad it was the Humber Star who collided with Lady Jane at about lunchtime on Monday - a picture of the Humber Star is here: http://www.esk-dredging.co.uk/HUMBER-STAR-07-001.jpg

They should have reported this.

23 comments:

  1. Fred (WWR)11:07 AM

    Wow Tim! Aren't large vessels required to have a local pilot onboard while under way?

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  2. Hi Fred

    My understanding is that larger vessels can get an exemption, provided they have taken some kind of extra certification.

    I'm not what size vessel that requirement is at though.

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  3. ugh that's awful! I don't understand how someone could do that, let alone just run away afterwards. Have you asked around your mooring to see if anyone saw anything? Or I suppose that's the job of the police by now...

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  4. Hi Melissa

    It's in the hands of the port authority now.

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  5. Anonymous4:19 PM

    Tim, I am so sorry to hear about this. I can't believe that moron didn't report it! That also is terrible that the inside wood work (which looked awesome) got damaged. Best of luck!

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  6. Thats awful Tim , I can guess how you feel about that.I really hope you have some luck finding the culprit.

    Regards ; Andrew

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  7. Have a look here http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2003/ukpga_20030016_en_1

    it seems to me that the officer of the watch was negligent and caused unnecessary damage to your craft. They to pay! What a shame after all your hard work :o((

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  8. Anonymous6:30 PM

    My guess is God did it....most disasters/accidents are classed that way by insurance companies to get out of insurance payments to victims....ACT OF GOD...Tim did you piss him off lately ???? Steel can be straightened,repainted/replaced....at least nobody got hurt/killed.Just a bloody shame after all the work you did/is doing.Good luck with it.Tony Roberts,St.Anthony

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  9. Hi Anonymous

    We can only guess at why this was not reported.

    Regards

    Tim

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  10. Hi Andrew

    I'm sure this story has legs in it, so will run for a while yet.

    Cheers

    Tim

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  11. Hi Rob

    It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

    Never a dull moment.

    Cheers

    Tim

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  12. Hi Tony

    As you say, at least nobody got hurt, at least on Lilagina or Lady Jane.

    I don't know if any of the crew on the Humber Star were injured, hopefully not.

    Keep well.

    Tim

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  13. Anonymous9:21 PM

    What rotten luck. I am so sorry to hear about this.

    I can only assume that a commercially operated vessel would carry insurance that would cover such damage.

    I can imagine that repairing this would be a fair amount of work. I don't suppose a dent like that can be pulled out like on an auto-body. You will have to remove all the finishing and insulation behind the dent, cut it out and weld in new plate, then re-do all the finishing inside. Sounds like fun.

    Kinda makes you think though -- what sort of liability insurance does LJ need once she's out-and-about on the seas? If she busted her moorings and put a nasty dent in someone elses boat, there could be hell to pay.

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  14. Hi Anonymous

    Insurance - I guess I'll be finding out all about that soon enough.

    Fortunately for me, the steering room is simple, as it only has the shelving in there to deal with.

    Thank goodness, no insulation or tongue and groove to worry about.

    So only steel and paint to contend with.

    Cheers

    Tim

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  15. hey Tim, terrible news, I hope that boat/ship who did it pays for it. A real shame, after all the work you did on Lady Jane. I hope this doesn't set you back too far. I can't believe a big ship like that does a hit and run. Shame on them!

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  16. Boat owners can be inconsiderate if there is no one around and even when there is, My 25 foot sail boat was at the yealm visitors mooring pontoon happily bobbing away with a few boats mored outside of her, we were asleep when we awoke in the morning a large sail boat was leaving having moored outside of us all (at the time I didnt know exactly what they had done) but apparently they had run land lines ashore and attached them to their electric/hydraulic winches and pulled themselves in too tightly which cracked my boat like an egg. Never did find out who they were :o((.

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  17. Hi Rik

    Thanks

    At least the damage is not that bad - I guess if Lady Jane was a fibreglass or wood hull things would be a lot, lot worse.

    Cheers

    Tim

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  18. Hi Rob

    It sounds like that is a case of incompetence rather than recklessness.

    Cheers

    Tim

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  19. Incompetent recklessness! :o(( cost me a lot of work. I dont suppose you know yet but did the skipper loose his engine, and not realise the damage he had done? being more concerned getting going again? Good job he didn`t fully "Tee bone" lady jane. What a Bloo*y shame after all the work you have done.

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  20. Hey Tim...Regardless of whether or not the vessel lost power, or steerage way or had any other kind of malfunction which would have resulted in collision is absolutely no excuse for leaving the scene and not reporting this.I'll bet it was not reported to save the captains' and/or the company's hide. It really pisses me off when you get these clowns out here who would do such a thing...and I don't mean the accident itself...that happens ..but not to check for personal injury or to see that your vessel had not been holed is completely unacceptable and the culprit (skipper) should be punished. Wow that's kind of strong coming from me but that skipper's actions tarnish all of us out here in the commercial maritime industry. Tim, will you be pursuing this?

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  21. Hi Rob

    I don't know the cause yet, but have been led to believe the skipper was 'very vague' in his report.

    Cheers

    Tim

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  22. Hi Rick & Karen.

    The matter is already well in hand with the authorities.

    I will also do all I can to help, of course.

    Regards

    Tim

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  23. Anonymous9:05 PM

    Hi Tim,

    If you need to increase your publicity re: this incident, let us know and we will do a web page about it. I have not followed your blog in a while but I was shocked to read this. Sorry to hear about it and I hope there has been some resolution.

    Kind regards,

    Chantel & John

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