Container ships wild behavior
Dec 3: Container ship SAN DIEGO BRIDGE (IMO 9560376, dwt 72300, capacity 6400 TEU) Okhotsk sea: changed route on Nov 30, sailed from Pacific to Okhotsk sea, looped back and forth off northern Hokkaido, resumed sailing on Dec 2 at reduced speed. From USA to Tokyo via Okhotsk sea, ETA Dec 6. Dec 4: Changed route again, sailed into Pacific from Okhotsk sea, looks like she was waiting out storm and simply put, trying to escape rough waters, by jumping from one quiet area to another.
As of recent, I witness rather wild behavior of big container ships from Panamax to mega, in their attempts to avoid storms and possible containers collapse/loss. They stop, or jump from one more or less quiet area to another, or speed up to full speed, to escape from oncoming depression. Just like some galleon in 17 century, with no super computers, cloud chains and AI around.
What makes it all so funny to watch, is regular publications in media, advertising the miracles of new digital technologies, created by mostly, young start-ups. How weather-safe and efficient voyages are to become if ship owners understand the grandeur and might of the progress, and agree to digitalize their companies and their ships. Nothing to worry about after that – cloud chains, AI and super computers will do the job. Really? Well, the truth is, nothing will replace the Man – skilled, well-educated and seasoned, professional.
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