Ferry master to blame for Norgas LPG tanker collision

Jakarta: Initial investigations into the Indonesian shipping collision that killed up to 48 people last month point to a steering error. The roro passenger ferry that collided with the Norgas Cathinka LPG carrier should have turned right instead of left, as per standard avoidance protocol in the busy Sundra Strait. The tanker, owned by IM Skaugen, followed the correct protocol, turning right, while a presumably panicked master onboard the Bahuga Jaya ferry turned left leading to the collision, according to reports from the the Indonesian ministry of transportation.  [25/10/12]

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