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NTSB: Pilot Blamed for Houston Ship Channel Collision

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first_imgThe pilot’s difficulty in controlling the bulk carrier Conti Peridot’s heading was identified as the probable cause of the collision between the bulker and the tanker Carla Maersk in the Houston Ship Channel in March 2015, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).Besides the inability of the pilot on the Conti Peridot to respond appropriately to hydrodynamic forces after meeting another vessel during restricted visibility, other factors are believed to have led to the collision, among which is the lack of communication with other vessels about the handling difficulty.Contributing to the circumstances was the inadequate bridge resource management between the master and the pilot on the Conti Peridot, as they did not work together to solve the problem.Furthermore, lack of predetermined ship movement strategies during restricted visibility in the Houston Ship Channel also played a role in the collision.“On the day of the accident, local pilot associations determined that the increasing fog was significant enough to suspend pilot boardings of inbound ships. However, piloted vessels already under way continued the transit in the fog,” NTSB said, adding that the Vessel Traffic Service Houston/Galveston did not effectively monitor vessel traffic to identify the developing risk of collision during restricted visibility.Image Courtesy: USCGAs a result of this accident, the NTSB issued safety recommendations to Bremer Bereederungsgesellschaft mbH & Co., the Conti Peridot’s operating company, the Houston Pilots Association, and the Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee.The two vessels collided in restricted visibility on March 9, 2015, near Morgan’s Point, Texas, when the bulker crossed the channel into the path of the Carla Maersk.There were no injuries in the collision, but an estimated 88,200 gallons of methyl tert-butyl ether spilled from the Carla Maersk, and the two vessels sustained about USD 8.2 million in total damage.last_img read more

HMCTS reforms ‘focus too much on court closures’

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first_imgInadequate Wi-Fi, poor IT infrastructure, delays due to dwindling staff and insufficient evaluation of reforms – the full extent of concerns about the government’s courts reform programme have emerged in evidence from the likes of district judges, police and the Law Society in evidence submitted to MPs.The House of Commons justice select committee is looking at the effects of HM Courts & Tribunals Service’s court reform programme. Serious doubts have been cast over how successful the reforms will be based on some of the evidence received by the committee, which was published this week.The Legal Committee of HM Council of District Judges (Magistrates’ Courts) says it has seen no evidence that HMCTS has considered the lack of digital access of litigants in person, who are rising in number due to legal aid cuts for private family law cases.HMCTS appears to assume that unrepresented defendants, including those who cannot access an online process, will attend court and be able to access a duty solicitor. However, district judges are already seeing delays in the court session as defendants queue up to see the duty solicitor, ‘who in turn has to go through the laborious process of securely accessing a digital file’, a process made more difficult due to poor Wi-Fi.The district judges says HMCTS is ‘somewhat naive’ to expect video-link hearings to address the issue of court closures. A ‘significant reduction’ in administrative staff has meant that cases are not being uploaded onto ‘court store’ so a judge is unable to prepare an often busy court in advance. Documents are not being uploaded efficiently, so judges are ‘having to either chase them up to get the documents uploaded in the first place, or trawling through irrelevant documents before getting to the relevant ones’.In its evidence, Thames Valley Police states the criminal justice reforms ‘have focused overly on court closures, driven by potential digital developments, rather than taking a strategic and holistic approach to the whole criminal justice system’.It is worried about the potential ‘significant’ impact of magistrates’ court closures in Banbury and Maidenhead on accessibility and attendance levels for defendants, victims and witnesses. Parties are unable to download critical evidence in the court estate due to ‘insufficient network capacity’, which the force says is ‘significantly disrupting case progression’.The Law Society meanwhile says the scale of the reforms proposed for the criminal justice system ‘is highly ambitious and dependent on a level of technological sophistication and reliability of IT that we are not confident can be assured’. An IT breakdown earlier this year ‘raises serious concerns surrounding full reliance on technology with no contingency plan in place should a failure occur’.The Society says the Ministry of Justice and HMCTS conducted insufficient consultations with lawyers about individual strands of the reform programme as well as its overall objectives. It is ‘particularly concerned’ that it has not been shown ‘any evidence of baseline data’ against which to measure the impact of some of the reforms.last_img read more

Ludogorets without its captain against Levski – BG Football – efbet…

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first_imgLudogorets will be without its captain Svetoslav Dyakov in the derby with Levski on Friday. This was confirmed by the head coach of the champions Pavel Varba, who participated in an online briefing with the media.“The situation with Dyakov is such that if we insist that he play, he will be able to do it. But we want to keep it. Dyakov will not play in this match, he will not even be in the group for him “, Varba was categorical.“With the coaching staff and the medical staff, we decided to keep it. Except for Plamen Iliev, who is recovering from surgery, all the others are healthy and are on the line for the match “, added the specialist.The derby between Levski and Ludogorets is on Friday at 21.00 and you can watch it live on DIEMA SPORT.last_img read more