Guessing Bow-thruster problem....started turn, then "backed down strongly" when turn didn't tighten. Mechanical "Failure to initiate or maintain thrustage" "Not otherwise classified"?? :-((( BIG circuit breaker or other malady? Will be interested to hear!
Shouldn't he stop for a coast guard inspection, instead of steaming off?
They did stop, They anchored in the lake for most the day then returned to Port Terminal for repairs
Looks like bow-thruster may have "failed to maintain thrustage"....from the extra black stack smoke, looked like Captain backed down as much as he could to minimize any damages as soon as he realized the failure? Friday the 13th came on a Monday this month! Waiting to hear Paul Harvey's "The Rest of the Story"!
Must be the moon - two big boats (Florence Spirit and the Alanis) collided in the Welland Canal near Port Robinson on Saturday. Alanis was heading upbound to Duluth with a load of wind turbines.
Nice recovery, bow thruster failure most likely. Thankfully it wasn't worse and nobody hurt
Wow, often wondered if that ever happened! Thanks for sharing.
Don't believe it was thruster problems IMO. It was working fine as he maneuvered away from the wall. You can see the wash in the video. There might have been a mechanical failure such as steering as they generally don't use the thruster in departure through the canal anyways. I think of you look at her angle approaching the piers that can give you an idea that she wasn't on typical course in the channel to make the turn with her size. He gunned the engines likely in reverse and went to the trustee to lessen the impact. He did a heckuva job considering the circumstances. Don't forget currents. She is low at summer draft and has very very low freeboard, so she sits heavy and low in the water. And at 1000 ft. you can't stop on a dime. My hope is it wasn't human error but mechanical.... We shall see.
I'm remembering the American Spirit way off-course and nearly hitting the wall head-on, 2 years ago 6/17/18, took awhile but found the 3 videos Dennis posted in the 2018 archives, including the grounding and the tugs working to get the Spirit free. Thanks Dennis!! Grammie Pat, Roberts, WI
He was way out of shape before he ever got to the canal. No way he could make the corner like that. I've never seen a ship depart on the line, it works entering the harbor but not entering.