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Sun Sail

January 2015


The dust has settled, heads have cleared and 2015 is well and truly here. However, sadly it hasn’t been the best start to the year with the dramatic events unfolding in the Solent just three days into January. While it is still early days into the investigation about what happened to the Hoegh Osaka, it is clear she was run aground by her crew on Bramble Bank. Clearly this incident could have been far worse with the loss of lives and major disruption to shipping. Nonetheless it raises new questions about safety in this area and how it could have been prevented.

Boating incidents have been making the news a lot recently, and not for the right reasons. A cement carrier sank with the loss of its crew off Scotland. More than 400 passengers were rescued from a burning ferry in the Mediterranean just days after Christmas, and this was followed by 1,000 migrants being saved from an abandoned cargo ship that had been found adrift in Greek waters.

Of course, all these incidents are very different and raise differing questions, which hopefully will be answered in time.

Let’s hope the rest of 2015 is a little less dramatic.

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