Russian Master of CSAV TYNDALL under investigation for collision which claimed four lives

Russian Master of CSAV TYNDALL is under investigation for a collision of the ship under his command with Korean fishing vessel on Dec 8, which left two fishermen dead and two missing. Understood but not confirmed, Master was arrested, while vessel resumed her sailing and as of 0400 UTC Dec 12, was anchored off Qingdao, her scheduled port. Master is blamed for negligence. Irresponsible behaviour of fishermen is one of the main headaches of all freighters trading waters infested with small fishing boats, all around the world. How should a vessel of 116,058 tons deadweight avoid collision with 17-ton tiny boat, which is crossing recommended waterways, teeming with giant ships? Of course in most cases, merchant marines are found guilty, compensations are paid, so on and so forth – but who’s really, to be blamed for those disasters? Merchant mariners, or the States, which can’t enforce some kind of order on their mosquito fleets of small fishing vessels?
Voytenko Mikhail
December 12, 2016
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