BOURBON RHODE Oct 4 latest: SAR continues
Oct 4 0600 UTC UPDATE: No news from SAR site, except that SAR continues, with deployment of Navies, CG and passing cargo ships, which interrupted their voyages to take part in SAR. There’s a constant rotation of cargo ships on site, because regular cargo ship can assist only so far, they have to leave SAR for a number of reasons.
There are growing unrest and anger among all those related to crew and BOURBON in general, especially among relatives of the crew. I’ve been contacted by relatives, they’re, to put it bluntly, infuriated, by the way they’re treated, like they’re some kind of nuisance. They’re rejected information and updates, or their requests are simply overlooked and not answered. Shortly after 3 crew were rescued, South African new outlet contacted me on behalf of bosun’s wife, desperately trying to get an answer to a very simple question – was her husband among those rescued?
There’s growing body of data from all sides – from relatives, from crews working in BOURBON, from those who worked in BOURBON earlier, all coinciding and cross-confirming, all leading to worrisome conclusions – dry dock repairs weren’t complete and of sufficient quality; much more works should be done on propulsion/steering system to ensure safe transatlantic run; the ship wasn’t ready for transatlantic run and shouldn’t be allowed to leave port of departure/repairs (Las Palmas), by relevant authorities. Probably, tug couldn’t avoid disaster by moving away from cyclone track, either, because she didn’t have enough fuel for any extra maneuvering, especially long-distance one.