“close-quarters situtation” between QE2 and a P&O ferry

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10th March 2008, 15:44
Whilst one might wish to use a different title, as the phrase a near miss conjures up different images to different people, it is polite (and correct) to use the headline as it was written:

From Tradewinds 10-03-2008

QE2’s near-miss revealed

A UK accident probe has decided no further action need be taken following a “close-quarters situtation” between Cunard’s QE2 and a P&O ferry in the Dover strait.
The 70,000-gt Carnival-owned liner (built 1969) had a near miss with the 30,600-gt Pride of Kent (built 1992) on 15 December in light winds and good visibility, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) said.
The QE2, heading from Zeebrugge to Southampton, was south-west bound in the Dover Strait Traffic Separation Scheme.
Pride of Kent meanwhile had departed Dover for a scheduled voyage to Calais, observing the voluntary separation scheme established for ferry operators.
As the vessels approached, the liner was required to give way, the MAIB said.
But when it became apparent that no avoiding action was being taken by the bigger vessel, Pride of Kent reduced its speed allowing it to pass 0.6 miles ahead of the ferry.
Following the accident, the MAIB said it was satisfied with the actions taken by both owners to prevent future accidents.
Cunard will:
• Send a letter to the fleet that describes the incident, identifies lessons learnt and provides actions to prevent future recurrence
• Provide further development of company-specific bridge resource management training
• Implement their recently rewritten, and currently under-trial, bridge resource management procedures
P&O will carry out an internal investigation that will result in a review of bridge procedures throughout the fleet and identify actions to avoid similar situations in the future.

21st March 2008, 15:46
Report from BBC News here. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7308375.stm)