Usual thorough Isle of Man Report.
No help or info from Panama.
So everything is from the Scottish Bard side.
Evening of 2006-11-15, the 35,367 dwt Scottish Bard
is westbound to Singapore part-loaded with gas-oil,
about to enter the westbound TSS.
The 7,074 dwt O Princess is eastbound coming out of the TSS in ballast.
At 20:01, O Princess goes alters course 50+ degrees
to port from a course of 049 to about 346,
Isle of Man has no explanation for this course change.
crossing into the westbound lane.
The Scottish Bard is a little slow picking up the course change.
When they do, they try to contact the other ship several times
with no response, checking the AIS to identify the other ship.
The O Princess is clearly the give-way vessel.
But in extremis the Scottish Bard goes hard starboard.
The Scottish Bard is a Marpol single hull.
We get lucky and the
the O Princess hits the Scottish Bard in the 4P water ballast tank.
The upper bow hits at just above deck level,
probably lifts the Princess a little.
Tha middle of the bulb penetrates just at the light waterline.
The penetration at the hull proper is probably less that 2 m.
No cargo tank is breached.
The fwd motion of the bigger ship, spins the O Princess to port.
The bulb comes clear and the two ship's aft quarters hit.
The Isle of Man report is very harsh on the Scottish Bard.
Due to problems with the speed log, they were feeding
the GPS (SOG) rather than speed thru the water
into the ECDIS which resulted in a 1 knot error.
The Isle of Man claims the Scottish Bard bridge
should not have tried to contact the O Princess on VHF
nor attempted to identify her via AIS.
They called these moves "distractions".
Instead they should have hit the whistle
and gone to starboard and astern much earlier.