TITLE

Some lives on the ocean waves

AUTHOR(S)
Hamer, Mick
PUB. DATE
September 1991
SOURCE
New Scientist;9/21/91, Vol. 131 Issue 1787, p55
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article comments on the need of the Marine Technology Directorate to commission research into shipbuilding and its safety. In 1989 a high-speed catamaran, the Apollo Jet, careered out of control across Hong Kong harbor, and in a 70-second voyage of destruction the craft smashed into half a dozen vessels, and killed four people before finally mounting the harbor wall. It was not only the Apollo Jet that was left high and dry. So were the maritime regulatory authorities. The laid-back 19th-century approach to writing rules and regulations for these craft was incapable of exerting effective control over the catamaran's aerospace technology. The court of inquiry into the accident found that a single switch in the Apollo Jet's electrical control system prevented the crew from either steering or stopping the vessel.
ACCESSION #
9110143468

 

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