Enclosed Lifeboat

Over the past two days gCaptain has fielded questions from the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Good Morning America and a number of other well known organizations, each trying to get a better idea of situation aboard the Maersk Alabama.

Last night it was reported that the vessel’s master, Captain Phillips, volunteered to be taken hostage and help the pirates escape via the ship’s lifeboat. Today, questions from the press centered around the lifeboat. Here is a short FAQ to help you understand the conditions aboard the boat that currently holds the pirates and ship’s master:

What Kind Of Lifeboats Does The Maersk Alabama Carry?

We don’t know the specifics but have been told by sources at Mass Maritime Academy that the vessel carries the same lifeboats as the school’s training ship, The Golden Bear Kennedy. This would make them totally enclosed boats, similar to the one pictured above.

How much food and water is aboard the lifeboat?

Regulations state that the boat must have a food rations totaling not less than  10,000 kJ  for each person the lifeboat  is permitted to accommodate; these rations shall be kept in airtight packaging and be stowed in a watertight container.

The boat is also required to carry watertight receptacles containing a total of 3 liters of fresh water for each person the lifeboat is permitted to accommodate.

28 foot boats typically have a capacity to carry over 50 individuals. In other words, the captain and four pirates “could” survive for a few weeks.

What type of food does it carry?

The purpose of emergency food rations is to deliver the maximum number of calories in the smallest, most durable packaging. This means they taste similar to compacted cardboard with a biscuit flavor. Here is a photo of the packaging (details HERE).

Why did the boat run out of gas?

The boat is required to have sufficient fuel to run the fully loaded lifeboat at 6 knots for a period of not less than 24 hours which is 144 nautical miles ( 165.7 statute miles) but it only traveled a few. Why?

There are two likely explanations for this. First safety inspections are carried out by the 3rd mate who is the most junior (i.e. inexperienced) officer. It is possible that he missed a problem with the lifeboat engines or fuel delivery system.

A less likely answer is that the captain sabotaged the engine. It is necessary to connect the battery switch which is often located in the engine compartment, giving Captain Phillips an excuse to open the hatch. Once in the hatch you could crimp the fuel line or block the air intake system, being a diesel engine, restricting fuel or air are the only two ways to safely stop and engine once started.

What other equipment does the boat carry?

Here’s a list:

1    sufficient buoyant oars to make headway in calm seas.
.2    two boat-hooks;
.3    a buoyant bailer and two buckets;
.4    a survival manual ;
.5    an operational compass which is luminous or provided with suitable means of illumination permanently fitted at the steering position.
.6    a sea-anchor of adequate size fitted with a shock-resistant hawser .
.7    two efficient painters (i.e. ropes) of a length equal to not less than twice the distance from the stowage position of the lifeboat to the waterline in the lightest seagoing condition or 15 m, whichever is the greater. placed at the forward end of the lifeboat and the other shall be firmly secured at or near the bow of the lifeboat ready for use;
.8    two hatchets, one at each end of the lifeboat; (these are used to cut the painters)
.9    watertight receptacles containing a total of 3 l of fresh water for each person the lifeboat is permitted to accommodate,
.10    a rustproof dipper with lanyard;
.11    a rustproof graduated drinking vessel;
.12    a food ration  totalling not less than  10,000 kJ  for each person the lifeboat  is permitted to accommodate; these rations shall be kept in airtight packaging and be stowed in a watertight container;
.13     parachute flares complying with the requirements of section 3.1;
.14    hand flares
.15    two buoyant smoke signals complying with the requirements of section 3.3;
.16    one waterproof electric torch suitable for Morse signalling together with one spare set of batteries and one spare bulb in a waterproof container;
.17    one daylight signalling mirror with instructions for its use for signalling to ships and aircraft;
.18    one copy of the life-saving signals prescribed by regulation V/16 on a waterproof card or in a waterproof container;
.19    one whistle or equivalent sound signal;
.20    a first-aid outfit in a waterproof case capable of being closed tightly after use;
.21    anti-seasickness medicine sufficient for at least 48 h and one seasickness bag for each person;
.22    a jack-knife, to be kept attached to the boat by a lanyard;
.23    three tin-openers;
.24    two buoyant rescue quoits, attached to not less than 30 m of buoyant line;
.25    if the lifeboat is not automatically self-bailing, a manual pump suitable for effective hailing;
.26    one set of fishing tackle;
.27    sufficient tools for minor adjustments to the engine and its accessories;
.28    portable fire-extinguishing equipment of an approved type suitable for extinguishing oil fires;
.29    a searchlight with a horizontal and vertical sector of at least 6° and a measured luminous intensity of 2,500 cd which can work continuously for not less than 3 h;
.30    an efficient  radar reflector,  unless a survival  craft radar transponder is stowed in the lifeboat;
.31    thermal protective aids complying with the requirements of section 2.5 sufficient for 10% of the number of persons the lifeboat is permitted to accommodate or two, whichever is the greater

Can the navy “track” the lifeboat?

The lifeboat is equipped with various passive tracking features including high visibility (SOLAS) reflective tape, a radar reflector and “International Orange” paint scheme. It also has a VHF radio and a Search And Rescue Transponder (SART – which can be tracked by the ship’s radar), both of which need to be manually activated by the captain. It is also possible that the captain took an EPIRB with him as lifeboats rarley carry individual EPIRB units (the better companies store PLB’s in each lifeboat).

Lifeboats do not carry AIS vessel tracking transceivers or any other type of “Auto-On” tracking devices.

Any More Questions?

If you have any more questions about lifeboats please submit a question in the comments section and we will be sure to answer them.

Links

Norsafe – Leading MFG of Lifeboats

Interview With Mass Maritime on Maersk Alabama’s Life boats

Photos

Maersk LifeboatA Maersk Lifeboat Underway. Photo By Menkent

Enclosed Lifeboat on Davit.

Lifeboat On Stored Davit

Floating LifeboatLifebaot Floating In The Water.

Inside A Lifeboat

lifeboat internal compartment

Photo By Seth White.

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  • New3m

    John,

    The Golden Bear is Cal's ship – MMA's is (now) the Kennedy – former Enterprise.

  • New3m

    John,

    The Golden Bear is Cal's ship – MMA's is (now) the Kennedy – former Enterprise.

  • http://gcaptain.com/maritime/blog/ John

    Fixed, thanks!

  • http://gcaptain.com/maritime/blog/ John

    Fixed, thanks!

  • http://www.christiaanconover.com/ Christiaan Conover

    The size and space (or lack there of) inside these boats is not readily apparent from photographs. If the lifeboat from the Maersk Alabama is the same size as the ones on the T.S. Kennedy then they have capacity for 76 people on board, meaning rations, seating, etc. Therefore, while it is in no way comfortable, the captain and pirates are well-provisioned inside that boat for now.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/cconover Christiaan Conover

    The size and space (or lack there of) inside these boats is not readily apparent from photographs. If the lifeboat from the Maersk Alabama is the same size as the ones on the T.S. Kennedy then they have capacity for 76 people on board, meaning rations, seating, etc. Therefore, while it is in no way comfortable, the captain and pirates are well-provisioned inside that boat for now.

  • Fred

    What are the toilet facilities on the life-boat?

  • Fred

    What are the toilet facilities on the life-boat?

  • John

    Thanks for the kind words Dan!

  • John

    Thanks for the kind words Dan!

  • New3m

    It's probably not that big – probably holds 30 or so, only enough for the crew. And toilet facilities? Well, there's a door on each side…

  • New3m

    It's probably not that big – probably holds 30 or so, only enough for the crew. And toilet facilities? Well, there's a door on each side…

  • Dan B

    Capt. John, I love your blog. Started reading just after the Cosco Busan vs SF Bay Bridge and been hooked since. Only been to "sea" a few time (READ CRUISE SHIP) but your blog allows me to dream as I watch the big ships sail in and out of SF Bay from my shop, located at Point Isabel in Richmond, CA.

  • Dan B

    Capt. John, I love your blog. Started reading just after the Cosco Busan vs SF Bay Bridge and been hooked since. Only been to "sea" a few time (READ CRUISE SHIP) but your blog allows me to dream as I watch the big ships sail in and out of SF Bay from my shop, located at Point Isabel in Richmond, CA.

  • 3MtoCG

    None… You have the sliding door on each side of the boat.

  • 3MtoCG

    None… You have the sliding door on each side of the boat.

  • 3MtoCG

    None… You have the sliding door on each side of the boat.

  • Jeremy Allen

    There is usually not even toliet paper in lifeboats. On my ships, the 3rd mate keeps the boat stocked with this "extra gear"

  • Jeremy Allen

    There is usually not even toliet paper in lifeboats. On my ships, the 3rd mate keeps the boat stocked with this "extra gear"

  • Jeremy Allen

    I agree with this, the ship has a max crew of little more than 30 so the L/B's are probably much smaller than the ones on the TS KENNEDY. There is no way a shipping company is paying for an oversized boat.

  • Jeremy Allen

    I agree with this, the ship has a max crew of little more than 30 so the L/B's are probably much smaller than the ones on the TS KENNEDY. There is no way a shipping company is paying for an oversized boat.

  • Jack Bauer

    Can Navy divers sneak up on the lifeboat and lock to doors and then can the lifeboat be lifted out of the water?

    Also, can a sleep-type gas be piped into the lifeboat?

  • Jack Bauer

    Can Navy divers sneak up on the lifeboat and lock to doors and then can the lifeboat be lifted out of the water?

    Also, can a sleep-type gas be piped into the lifeboat?

  • Jack Bauer

    Can Navy divers sneak up on the lifeboat and lock to doors and then can the lifeboat be lifted out of the water?

    Also, can a sleep-type gas be piped into the lifeboat?

  • Jack Bauer

    Can Navy divers sneak up on the lifeboat and lock to doors and then can the lifeboat be lifted out of the water?

    Also, can a sleep-type gas be piped into the lifeboat?

  • Jack Bauer

    Can Navy divers sneak up on the lifeboat and lock to doors and then can the lifeboat be lifted out of the water?

    Also, can a sleep-type gas be piped into the lifeboat?

  • Chuck

    Jack, I had the same idea about hauling the lifeboat aboard the Bainbridge. Not knowing if doors could be locked from outside, or if divers could keep out the field of fire, I don't know, but the ability to hook up falls to boat while in water should be there.

  • Chuck

    Jack, I had the same idea about hauling the lifeboat aboard the Bainbridge. Not knowing if doors could be locked from outside, or if divers could keep out the field of fire, I don't know, but the ability to hook up falls to boat while in water should be there.

  • Kendall

    Great post, tons of useful information, thanks!

  • Kendall

    Great post, tons of useful information, thanks!

  • Bill

    Excellent sight and information… Here's a rescue suggestion,
    get some seal divers within close but safe, blow the ballest from a sub below, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMQDWDxHeXU to launch and crack open the lifeboat, then roll in for rescue. BTW, won't have to worry about toilets, the cowardly pirates will shit themselves all the way down to their mother land, Hell.
    Finally, leave a whole in the water the size of TX. That should include a pretty good piece of Somolia.

  • Bill

    Excellent sight and information… Here's a rescue suggestion,
    get some seal divers within close but safe, blow the ballest from a sub below, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMQDWDxHeXU to launch and crack open the lifeboat, then roll in for rescue. BTW, won't have to worry about toilets, the cowardly pirates will shit themselves all the way down to their mother land, Hell.
    Finally, leave a whole in the water the size of TX. That should include a pretty good piece of Somolia.

  • New3m

    The doors don't lock, they only have dogs on them, which can be opened and closed from either side of the door. That being said, they probably have the doors closed at night, and I'm sure they could think of some way of securing them closed from the outside. I like the sleeping gas idea…what about tear gas?

  • New3m

    The doors don't lock, they only have dogs on them, which can be opened and closed from either side of the door. That being said, they probably have the doors closed at night, and I'm sure they could think of some way of securing them closed from the outside. I like the sleeping gas idea…what about tear gas?

  • Mariner!

    I doubt the lifeboat on the Alabama can carry over 50 people. Most lifeboats on merchant ships are big enough to carry the crew and whatever riders they have room for in the owners stateroom, spare officer, spare crew rooms etc. On the APL C-10 class they had this "Quality of Life" program and the ships were built with 5 riders rooms that held 2 people each. The COI (Certificate of Inspection) issued by the USCG list the maximum amount of people the ship can have on board. If I remember correctly the C-10 lifebaots can carry a total of 35 people. Believe me those 35 people are going to get to know each other very well too. The photo I viewed of the Alabama showed 1 lifeboat on the stern vs. the two most ships carry when they are outboard of the house. If this is the case on the Alabama then the ship sailed for Mombasa with NO lifeboat on board. I hve run over in these waters but closer to the Ymen and Omani coast. I always figured it was just a matter of time befroe the GD pirates boarded an American ship. Good luck to the Maersk Alabamas' old man aka Captain.

  • Mariner!

    I doubt the lifeboat on the Alabama can carry over 50 people. Most lifeboats on merchant ships are big enough to carry the crew and whatever riders they have room for in the owners stateroom, spare officer, spare crew rooms etc. On the APL C-10 class they had this "Quality of Life" program and the ships were built with 5 riders rooms that held 2 people each. The COI (Certificate of Inspection) issued by the USCG list the maximum amount of people the ship can have on board. If I remember correctly the C-10 lifebaots can carry a total of 35 people. Believe me those 35 people are going to get to know each other very well too. The photo I viewed of the Alabama showed 1 lifeboat on the stern vs. the two most ships carry when they are outboard of the house. If this is the case on the Alabama then the ship sailed for Mombasa with NO lifeboat on board. I hve run over in these waters but closer to the Ymen and Omani coast. I always figured it was just a matter of time befroe the GD pirates boarded an American ship. Good luck to the Maersk Alabamas' old man aka Captain.

  • KfromVA

    The lifeboat on the MA is actually a free-fall lifeboat, 28 persons capacity, built by Hatecke of Germany. (That's why the ship only carried one, as permitted by iunternational regs.) While it is totally enclosed like the one at Mass Maritime, much of the similarity ends there. The interior arrangement of a free-fall lifeboat is different from what's generally been shown in the press. Instead of stadium-type seating around the outside edge, it has 28 reclined backward-facing contoured seats with harnesses, and generally less open space to move around. Primary means of launching isn't a davit as shown in the FAQ, but rather dropping off the stern from a launching appliance with an inclined sliding track. Lifting would be by a 4-point sling vs. fore-and-aft falls.

    As far as sanitary facilities go, the buckets provided with the bailer multi-task.

  • KfromVA

    The lifeboat on the MA is actually a free-fall lifeboat, 28 persons capacity, built by Hatecke of Germany. (That's why the ship only carried one, as permitted by iunternational regs.) While it is totally enclosed like the one at Mass Maritime, much of the similarity ends there. The interior arrangement of a free-fall lifeboat is different from what's generally been shown in the press. Instead of stadium-type seating around the outside edge, it has 28 reclined backward-facing contoured seats with harnesses, and generally less open space to move around. Primary means of launching isn't a davit as shown in the FAQ, but rather dropping off the stern from a launching appliance with an inclined sliding track. Lifting would be by a 4-point sling vs. fore-and-aft falls.

    As far as sanitary facilities go, the buckets provided with the bailer multi-task.

  • KfromVA

    Also, that boat doesn't have doors on the sides. It has one door above a narrow platform at the stern.

  • KfromVA

    Also, that boat doesn't have doors on the sides. It has one door above a narrow platform at the stern.

  • jim

    can the life boat be swamped? By drilling holes in the bottom or blowing the back off the boat,by Navy Seals and turn this into a rescue instead of a hostage situation

  • jim

    can the life boat be swamped? By drilling holes in the bottom or blowing the back off the boat,by Navy Seals and turn this into a rescue instead of a hostage situation

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bobby_ bobby_

    well why dont the nave send them fake money and make it look real shit it not that hard then they give us are man back then they cant use the money and the usa stay the fuck away it not that hard seems to me no one has used there heads yet i got so many ways of getting this guy back well if the miltary went off of ideas to get in i would have been along time ago well i hope best well like jim sayed i agree well let take our money and tax dollars and fuckin bomb the hell out of them maybe they will learn not to fuck with the us right let see who agree with me email me at bobbygmorrisjr@gmail.com maybe i will get a website started

  • bobby

    well why dont the nave send them fake money and make it look real shit it not that hard then they give us are man back then they cant use the money and the usa stay the fuck away it not that hard seems to me no one has used there heads yet i got so many ways of getting this guy back well if the miltary went off of ideas to get in i would have been along time ago well i hope best well like jim sayed i agree well let take our money and tax dollars and fuckin bomb the hell out of them maybe they will learn not to fuck with the us right let see who agree with me email me at bobbygmorrisjr@gmail.com maybe i will get a website started

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bobby_ bobby_

    well why dont the nave send them fake money and make it look real shit it not that hard then they give us are man back then they cant use the money and the usa stay the fuck away it not that hard seems to me no one has used there heads yet i got so many ways of getting this guy back well if the miltary went off of ideas to get in i would have been along time ago well i hope best well like jim sayed i agree well let take our money and tax dollars and fuckin bomb the hell out of them maybe they will learn not to fuck with the us right let see who agree with me email me at bobbygmorrisjr@gmail.com maybe i will get a website started

  • bobby

    well why dont the nave send them fake money and make it look real shit it not that hard then they give us are man back then they cant use the money and the usa stay the fuck away it not that hard seems to me no one has used there heads yet i got so many ways of getting this guy back well if the miltary went off of ideas to get in i would have been along time ago well i hope best well like jim sayed i agree well let take our money and tax dollars and fuckin bomb the hell out of them maybe they will learn not to fuck with the us right let see who agree with me email me at bobbygmorrisjr@gmail.com maybe i will get a website started

  • Morvin

    bobby
    these pirates are sophisticated the have counterfeit detection instruments. This is big business for these guys so it will not be that easy. ALso they might request the funds be dropped ashore to some of their cronies so they to will check to make sure the fungs are legit.

  • Morvin

    bobby
    these pirates are sophisticated the have counterfeit detection instruments. This is big business for these guys so it will not be that easy. ALso they might request the funds be dropped ashore to some of their cronies so they to will check to make sure the fungs are legit.

  • Morvin

    bobby
    these pirates are sophisticated the have counterfeit detection instruments. This is big business for these guys so it will not be that easy. ALso they might request the funds be dropped ashore to some of their cronies so they to will check to make sure the fungs are legit.

  • morvin

    bobby
    these pirates are sophisticated the have counterfeit detection instruments. This is big business for these guys so it will not be that easy. ALso they might request the funds be dropped ashore to some of their cronies so they to will check to make sure the fungs are legit

  • morvin

    bobby
    these pirates are sophisticated the have counterfeit detection instruments. This is big business for these guys so it will not be that easy. ALso they might request the funds be dropped ashore to some of their cronies so they to will check to make sure the fungs are legit

  • morvin

    bobby
    these pirates are sophisticated the have counterfeit detection instruments. This is big business for these guys so it will not be that easy. ALso they might request the funds be dropped ashore to some of their cronies so they to will check to make sure the fungs are legit

  • shannon

    My Dad was UDT in WWII..I know his answer. Have a Seal swim out and put a bomb on the bottom of the lifeboat. Problem solved. Sorry about the captain..but this is America.

  • shannon

    My Dad was UDT in WWII..I know his answer. Have a Seal swim out and put a bomb on the bottom of the lifeboat. Problem solved. Sorry about the captain..but this is America.

  • Capt. Bryan Mitchell

    I appreciate you are answering questions from people who have no idea, but some of your answers may be short of the facts.
    It is doubtful the lifeboat has a 50 person capacity, I would expect it to be 25-30 no more, container ships just don't have 50 man crews.
    Fuel, I would expect the reason for the engine stopping was the fuel tank was empty, seldom do you see the junior officers trouble to dip the tank.
    As for the boat having VHF and SART, doubtful. These are probably in or around the wheelhouse, especially if the ship has 2 lifeboats there is normally only a single SART which should be physically removed from the stow and taken to the boat.

  • Capt. Bryan Mitchell

    I appreciate you are answering questions from people who have no idea, but some of your answers may be short of the facts.
    It is doubtful the lifeboat has a 50 person capacity, I would expect it to be 25-30 no more, container ships just don't have 50 man crews.
    Fuel, I would expect the reason for the engine stopping was the fuel tank was empty, seldom do you see the junior officers trouble to dip the tank.
    As for the boat having VHF and SART, doubtful. These are probably in or around the wheelhouse, especially if the ship has 2 lifeboats there is normally only a single SART which should be physically removed from the stow and taken to the boat.

  • Capt. Bryan Mitchell

    I appreciate you are answering questions from people who have no idea, but some of your answers may be short of the facts.
    It is doubtful the lifeboat has a 50 person capacity, I would expect it to be 25-30 no more, container ships just don't have 50 man crews.
    Fuel, I would expect the reason for the engine stopping was the fuel tank was empty, seldom do you see the junior officers trouble to dip the tank.
    As for the boat having VHF and SART, doubtful. These are probably in or around the wheelhouse, especially if the ship has 2 lifeboats there is normally only a single SART which should be physically removed from the stow and taken to the boat.

  • jim

    shannon
    We need to get the Captain back safe. The pirates got themselves into a winable situation with the US and the rest of the world. If we just blow them up we just changed what America is all about.

  • jim

    shannon
    We need to get the Captain back safe. The pirates got themselves into a winable situation with the US and the rest of the world. If we just blow them up we just changed what America is all about.

  • jim

    correction un winable situation

  • jim

    correction un winable situation

  • jim

    correction un winable situation

  • jim

    correction un winable situation

  • shannon

    This is not a winnable situation no matter how you look at it. They need to know under no circumstances will America be bullied or negotiate with terrorists. My Dad fought so these freedoms could be enjoyed. Even on the high seas by these punks.

  • shannon

    This is not a winnable situation no matter how you look at it. They need to know under no circumstances will America be bullied or negotiate with terrorists. My Dad fought so these freedoms could be enjoyed. Even on the high seas by these punks.

  • shannon

    This is not a winnable situation no matter how you look at it. They need to know under no circumstances will America be bullied or negotiate with terrorists. My Dad fought so these freedoms could be enjoyed. Even on the high seas by these punks.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/landlubber landlubber

    Did someone get "hornswoggled" on the hostage exchange?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/landlubber landlubber

    Did someone get "hornswoggled" on the hostage exchange?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/landlubber landlubber

    Did someone get "hornswoggled" on the hostage exchange?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/gCaptain gCaptain

    Mariner!

    Sounds like you have the facts down. Thanks!

    Capt. Bryan,

    You're probably right on the capacity… I might have given two much value to MMA's statement but I do know that Capt. Phillips took extra gear with him including a UHF radio… no reason he didn't grab the SART. I have also never sailed on a ship that didn't have a VHF (fixed, hand-held or SCT) aboard… one ship even had handheld & fixed plus PLB's & SART's for each of the boats! -John

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/gCaptain gCaptain

    Mariner!

    Sounds like you have the facts down. Thanks!

    Capt. Bryan,

    You're probably right on the capacity… I might have given two much value to MMA's statement but I do know that Capt. Phillips took extra gear with him including a UHF radio… no reason he didn't grab the SART. I have also never sailed on a ship that didn't have a VHF (fixed, hand-held or SCT) aboard… one ship even had handheld & fixed plus PLB's & SART's for each of the boats! -John

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/gCaptain gCaptain

    Mariner!

    Sounds like you have the facts down. Thanks!

    Capt. Bryan,

    You're probably right on the capacity… I might have given two much value to MMA's statement but I do know that Capt. Phillips took extra gear with him including a UHF radio… no reason he didn't grab the SART. I have also never sailed on a ship that didn't have a VHF (fixed, hand-held or SCT) aboard… one ship even had handheld & fixed plus PLB's & SART's for each of the boats! -John

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/gCaptain gCaptain

    Mariner!

    Sounds like you have the facts down. Thanks!

    Capt. Bryan,

    You're probably right on the capacity… I might have given two much value to MMA's statement but I do know that Capt. Phillips took extra gear with him including a UHF radio… no reason he didn't grab the SART. I have also never sailed on a ship that didn't have a VHF (fixed, hand-held or SCT) aboard… one ship even had handheld & fixed plus PLB's & SART's for each of the boats! -John

  • John

    What is the life boat made of?

  • John

    What is the life boat made of?

  • Rob

    Why hasn't there been a hint of live video? Not even a recent picture…

  • Rob

    Why hasn't there been a hint of live video? Not even a recent picture…

  • Rob

    Why hasn't there been a hint of live video? Not even a recent picture…

  • Rob

    Why hasn't there been a hint of live video? Not even a recent picture…

  • KfromVA

    Fire retardant FRP (fiberglass).

  • KfromVA

    Fire retardant FRP (fiberglass).

  • http://americandigest.org/ vanderleun

    very informative. thanks.

  • http://americandigest.org vanderleun

    very informative. thanks.

  • Andy

    How to make the people inside visible: I assume that such a boat can survive heavy seas with only a thin fiberglass shell above the hull. Could it be that such a hull becomes transparent to certain waves, so the people inside become partially visible? maybe their infrared body heat, or metal weapons, or the fact that they move around.

  • Andy

    How to make the people inside visible: I assume that such a boat can survive heavy seas with only a thin fiberglass shell above the hull. Could it be that such a hull becomes transparent to certain waves, so the people inside become partially visible? maybe their infrared body heat, or metal weapons, or the fact that they move around.

  • Andy

    How to make the people inside visible: I assume that such a boat can survive heavy seas with only a thin fiberglass shell above the hull. Could it be that such a hull becomes transparent to certain waves, so the people inside become partially visible? maybe their infrared body heat, or metal weapons, or the fact that they move around.

  • Andy

    How to make the people inside visible: I assume that such a boat can survive heavy seas with only a thin fiberglass shell above the hull. Could it be that such a hull becomes transparent to certain waves, so the people inside become partially visible? maybe their infrared body heat, or metal weapons, or the fact that they move around.

  • Brad

    Do not get me wrong, I think it was the right result, in that the pirates are dead, so it does not matter much now. But it seems to me the reasoning is faulty. They say that the a gun was being held to the Cpt. back and that all three pirates were in the driving compartment, viewable through the window. Based on the pictures on this blog (which are the only pictures I could find) and other sites have been "removed". My questions: 1st can you fit three people in the driving compartment? , 2nd would you then also be able to see a fourth person on their knees? 3rd the "windows" do not seem to be in the right place, 4th if the explanation is he was in imminent danger, there would be no reason they would be killing him in the middle of the night. Although I do not think this is a "cover-up" operation, I am just saying people need to be skeptical of this explanation.

  • Brad

    Do not get me wrong, I think it was the right result, in that the pirates are dead, so it does not matter much now. But it seems to me the reasoning is faulty. They say that the a gun was being held to the Cpt. back and that all three pirates were in the driving compartment, viewable through the window. Based on the pictures on this blog (which are the only pictures I could find) and other sites have been "removed". My questions: 1st can you fit three people in the driving compartment? , 2nd would you then also be able to see a fourth person on their knees? 3rd the "windows" do not seem to be in the right place, 4th if the explanation is he was in imminent danger, there would be no reason they would be killing him in the middle of the night. Although I do not think this is a "cover-up" operation, I am just saying people need to be skeptical of this explanation.

  • Brad

    Do not get me wrong, I think it was the right result, in that the pirates are dead, so it does not matter much now. But it seems to me the reasoning is faulty. They say that the a gun was being held to the Cpt. back and that all three pirates were in the driving compartment, viewable through the window. Based on the pictures on this blog (which are the only pictures I could find) and other sites have been "removed". My questions: 1st can you fit three people in the driving compartment? , 2nd would you then also be able to see a fourth person on their knees? 3rd the "windows" do not seem to be in the right place, 4th if the explanation is he was in imminent danger, there would be no reason they would be killing him in the middle of the night. Although I do not think this is a "cover-up" operation, I am just saying people need to be skeptical of this explanation.

  • Rob

    I don't think the situation of the 35 ft. rubber raft could be any clearer as seen by the photos taken by the drones flying overhead. The hatches on the side of the 28 ft fiberglass shell when open would make for an easy shot. And since they were towing them to safe waters the shot through the sole hatch at the stern of the 18 ft vessel gave a clear line of sight. Please refer to the Gulf of Tonkin incident before asking these silly, silly questions.

  • Rob

    I don't think the situation of the 35 ft. rubber raft could be any clearer as seen by the photos taken by the drones flying overhead. The hatches on the side of the 28 ft fiberglass shell when open would make for an easy shot. And since they were towing them to safe waters the shot through the sole hatch at the stern of the 18 ft vessel gave a clear line of sight. Please refer to the Gulf of Tonkin incident before asking these silly, silly questions.

  • Rob

    I don't think the situation of the 35 ft. rubber raft could be any clearer as seen by the photos taken by the drones flying overhead. The hatches on the side of the 28 ft fiberglass shell when open would make for an easy shot. And since they were towing them to safe waters the shot through the sole hatch at the stern of the 18 ft vessel gave a clear line of sight. Please refer to the Gulf of Tonkin incident before asking these silly, silly questions.

  • Ken

    What are the lifeboats made of?

  • Ken

    What are the lifeboats made of?

  • Ken

    Good blog, Capt.
    The lifeboat's engine is started and run briefly once a week at Fire and Lifeboat Drills. Once a year, the lifeboat is dropped in the water and taken on a short cruise as per USCG requirements. Normally the engine fuel and oil are changed out just before this yearly US Coast Guard inspection.

  • Ken

    Good blog, Capt.
    The lifeboat's engine is started and run briefly once a week at Fire and Lifeboat Drills. Once a year, the lifeboat is dropped in the water and taken on a short cruise as per USCG requirements. Normally the engine fuel and oil are changed out just before this yearly US Coast Guard inspection.

  • Ken

    Good blog, Capt.
    The lifeboat's engine is started and run briefly once a week at Fire and Lifeboat Drills. Once a year, the lifeboat is dropped in the water and taken on a short cruise as per USCG requirements. Normally the engine fuel and oil are changed out just before this yearly US Coast Guard inspection.

  • Ken

    Good blog, Capt.
    The lifeboat's engine is started and run briefly once a week at Fire and Lifeboat Drills. Once a year, the lifeboat is dropped in the water and taken on a short cruise as per USCG requirements. Normally the engine fuel and oil are changed out just before this yearly US Coast Guard inspection.

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