After a riveter was sealed into the hull of the Great Eastern, that ship had one misfortune after another....
I expect the same for the QM2....
Sorry, Ive worked on boats all my life, and I am superstitious..
Actually, this tragedy may affect the shipyard more than the Queen Mary 2.
The cause of the accident is being investigated, and at this time the focus is on the gangway and the shipyard's owners, French heavy engineering firm Alstom. The gangway was installed by a French firm Endel, a unit of utilities giant Suez.
We'll hear more about what happened, in the next few weeks.
My prayers are with the victimes and their families.
The hell of it all is that the ship was sitting high and dry in the drydock when this happened. No storm surges or wave action to blame here. I wouldn't be surprised if this ended with criminal sanctions somewhere.
I just read, in the New York Times, that the gangway that fell had been installed on Friday, specially for the weekend visits. Therefore, the investigation will likely focus on how the gangway was installed and secured, at both ends, especially since the ship, itself, would have all the apparatus to make sure the gangways, at the various ports, would be secured when the ship comes in.
The ship's finishing touches will probably be completed while the investigation is conducted. I doubt this will affect the January 12th maiden voyage.
Again, my prayers are with the victims and their families.
Heads will role, but whose heads?? The ship is not yet in the possession of Carnival Corp. Captain Warick is not responsible for what builders do to his future command, until the company which builds the ship puts it in Warick's possession.
Who put the gangway in place and who supervised and approved it's use?? There will the man/woman who will be headless.
Yesterday I heard maritime historian John Maxtone-Graham in a radio interview.He said that any attempt to compare this tragedy with the Titanic or Great Eastern is meaningless and that the Cunard Line and the shipyard are not to blame and that a company that installed the gangplank and which this same company is not associated with the shipyard may be the one to blame.John also stated that at the same shipyard built the Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Monarch of the Seas over a decade ago.While Monarch of the Seas was being built a bad fire broke out in her bow section.The fire was so bad that her bow section had to be replaced with a new bow section.John did admit that there were no loss of life in this fire and that accidents at shipyards are a fact of life.I do think that John Maxtone-Graham did make a lot of good points in this radio interview. Sincerely,Jerry Nuovo
While I'm not a believer in foreboding events, seamen as a whole still tend to be a superstitious lot. How this will effect the QM2 is anybody's guess, but people who expect misfortune have an uncanny knack for finding ways to make it happen.
Oh, and remember what I said about criminal sanctions? Check out the CargoLaw site above. They revised the death toll down to 15. They also said the following: "Two inquiries into disaster under way, including criminal investigation into manslaughter & involuntary injury -- 48 people thought on gangway to Cunard's new flagship cruise liner at time of loss. (Mon. Nov. 17 2003)"