According to AIS data, the name of the larger ship is the Beks Halil, which departed Singapore on 1 March 2013, the smaller vessel is the Thuan My. It’s believed the video was taken 2 March.

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    • Lynne Engelbert

      I believe I got a glimpse of another ship on her starboard side.

  • Will

    This demonstrates the dangers of interaction between vessels manoeuvreing at close quaters. The vessel being overtaken takes a shear across the bows of the overtaking vessel due to pressure from the overtaking vessels bow. The overtaking vessel appears to have not been keeping clear.

    • Andrew Craig-Bennett

      Exactly. Totally predictable by anyone with even a cursory knowledge of interaction.

      The only way that the contact could have been avoided would have been for the bulker to slow or stop engines; no action by the smaller general cargo ship could avert the collision by the point shown in the start of the clip.

  • mike craig

    What would have happened if the ship in front had of started backing down when the bigger one came alongside from astern ?—seems she would have suffered some scrapping and paint damage only —just curious

  • John Cryer

    The overtaking vsl should keep clear of the vsl being overtaken. Why didn’t the “Bek” slow down and let the slower vsl pass ahead, or were they all asleep ?

  • CAPT Steven P. Gardiner

    Any of the straits (Dover, Messina, Bab el Mandeb, etc…Two places that really I hate – Tokyo Bay and anywhere near a cruise ship port…

  • Capt.Josyula

    1000 near miss….1 accident.
    A classic example.

  • Fred Zimmerman

    What are they saying in the dialog?

  • http://www.recumar.com.co Ricardo Izquierdo Gonzalez

    Unbelieveable, after see this there are a lot of questions…!!!! What happend after this first touch? I saw another ship coming to the area?

  • http://GreatEarthNavigation.Com Captain Robert Scott

    The ship coming from the other area would have been the “stand on” vessel. I can see why the vessel being overtaken would turn to port to avoid a collision. The overtaking vessel is always the “give way” vessel. I suggest the overtaking vessel was asleep at the helm or, at least, grossly negligent. And both of the vessels in the collision were give way vessels to the vessel of their starboard bows.

    These are basic “rules of the road” that all maritime officers are required to memorize early in their training. I cannot understand what was going on with the black hulled vessel overtaking the smaller vessel.

    All these vessels are required to communicate in English over their radios.

    Clear visibility, calm weather; radar and AIS with VHF radios. I wonder if the helmsman was on the bridge without an officer in the area or something.

    • Matt Gimple

      Never turn to port… well, never say never. In ether case if the two vessels where concerned with the other vessel coming into the picture as the “stand-on” vessel then turing to starboard was more appropriate to keep clear(avoid crossing ahead…). Likewise if they viewed it as a head-on situation, then even more clear always come to the right to pass port to port (international rules applied). Finally they had the large ship (video platform) off their starboard side further complicating the picture (special circumstance?) I’d sugggest even in special circumstance the overtaking vessel must always keep clear and the rest should manage the situation as close to following the applicable rule(s) as possible… see my intro, never turn left.
      We had a similar case positioned off Port Angles WA (international rules) used in the simulator for training watch officers when I taught at CGA.

  • Hubert Desgagnés

    I’d like to see the rest of the video…what appended with the other vessel who seems to be coming on the opposite direction…

  • koko9

    steering failure? .. rather like interaction…I wonder as if the smaller ship might have lost steerage efficiency and without change in rudder helm she could be drawn across the bows of the larger vessel, bowled over and capsized.

  • http://fb James Mutch Crockett

    In a close-counter of vessels situation it is more advisable to be ready to take the initiative and get out of danger. In the forwaed vessel a little starboard help would have given her a slightly more manoeuverability and gain advantge of clearance of the on-coming v/l. I would have never have waited for such a situation to arise. I have sailed through the Singapore Straits regularly for over ten years. This situation is almost comical stupidity.

  • Capt.Oleg D.

    Overtaking ship is 58,000-dwt Turkish bulker (built 2011) operated by Beks of Istanbul. I would never even think of flying Turkish Airlines.

  • ron

    Unfortunately, it would appear that this clip is no longer available to view.
    Which sort of stuffs things up for those who came in late.
    A bit like coming into the movies after the newsreels are done.
    Or, even worse, the cartoons.

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  • Bob

    Looks like a near perfect “P.I.T” maneuver. Used by police on fleeing felons. Not approrite on the high seas. Did the large ship ever reverse engines?

    • Loftankerman

      It is exactly the same as a pit manoeuvre. The pressure of the tanker’s bow wave is acting like an extension of its hull and rotating the freighter anti clockwise.

      In May 1972 in the La Plata estuary, the British vessel Royston Grange and the Liberian tanker Tienchee were traveling in opposite directions. In passing too close they had a similar interaction. Both were engulfed in a resulting fire with the loss of 83 lives. there were no survivors on the Royston Grange.

  • David Hindin

    The collision (and the making of the referenced video) occurred on Saturday, 2 March Singapore Standard Time (SST).
    BEKS HALIL continued on its voyage departing Singapore on 2 March

    http://gcaptain.com/forum/marine-incidents/11422-bulker-collision-straits-singapore-2.html#post102049

  • Edwin DSilva

    A few options to achieve this!
    i) – Stick your head to the RADAR/ECDIS.
    ii) – Party like a rock star at night, sleep (on the
    bridge) by day
    iii)- Have a highly inflated ego or be oblivious of
    the fact that the word ‘courtesy’ exists… even
    at Sea!
    iv) – Buy a licence!
    v) – All of the above

    Most likely correct answers are i), ii), iii), iv) or v)!!
    Reduce Seatime requirements and we’ll enjoy a few more of such ‘clips’.

  • Captain John Nutt (Rtd)

    I retired from the sea some thirty years ago so what on earth can I say. Do you remember what it was like for a few years after 1945. Some very odd things happened then.

  • Capt. R.

    Forget the smaller ship. The big one must:
    BOTH IN SAFETY AND IN DOUBT
    ALLWAYS KEEP A GOOD LOOKOUT
    IN DANGER, WITH NO ROOM TO TURN
    EASE HER! STOP HER! GO ASTERN!

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