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SHIP NAME: Diego Silang KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
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Diego Silang was eastbound thru the Malacca Strait fully loaded on a course of 125 doing about 13.5 knots. It was a fine clear night. She had just overtaken the Brazilian Faith on her starboard side. The Brazilian Faith was under tow at 5 knots on a course of about 125 degrees. The Vysotsk was westbound on a course of 310 which would have set up an easy port to port passing with a CPA of about 0.7 miles. For reasons never explained, the Vysotsk suddenly went port. After the accident the Vysotsk master destroyed the course recorder tapes, altered the log, and claimed his ship never went port, which the Court rejected as false. The master of the Diego hesitated, probably figuring the Vysotsk would come back on course, and then went astern

It was too late, and at 2342 the bow of the Diego hit the starboard side of the Vysotsk. The ships separated with a fire, but the Diego's going astern swung her bow to starboard, bringing her broadside to the Brazilian Faith. At 2350, the Diego was hit on her starboard side by the Faith.


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source CTX
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Incredibly, the Court found Diego 20 pct to blame, on the grounds he should have gone astern earlier, although this would have swung him into the Faith earlier. If he had gone port and the Vysotsk had come back on course, he would have been crucified. In a single screw ship, there was nothing he could do.

It is extremely unlikely the master the Vysotsk would have destroyed the course recorder tape and forged the log books, if he had had a mechanical failure. Needless to say, they did not talk but given the inexplicable behavior of the Vysotsk not clear this would have done any good.

Not clear how the Diego managed to avoid hitting the tow line before being hit by the Faith.

Both ships had Voyage Data Recorders, but CTX has not seen the raw records.