Holy hulls! According to a report out today by the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch the watertight doors on one of our lovely TransEuropa ferries 'were regularly left open while it was at sea'. The findings were published after an engine-room fitter was hurt on the Eurovoyager.
The fitter was found trapped in a hydraulically-operated steel watertight door in a machinery space as the vessel sailed from Oostende (Ostend in old money) for the Millionaires' Playground last November. The report found that there had been a number of problems with watertight door operations on the ferry and adds:
On-board procedures for the operation of watertight doors were poorly promulgated and were not monitored or enforced. It was the usual practice on board for the watertight doors to be in local control. However, VDR (voyage data recorder) data showed that many of the doors were routinely left open at sea, which potentially compromised the vessel's watertight integrity.
TransEuropa say they will not be commenting. Oh well, if they can't manage to close the doors at least they can keep their traps shut!
Meanwhile it's been six months since the new Euroferries fast service between Ramsgate and Boulogne was announced by Dr Steve Ladyboy. The Euroferries cat is currently among the Canaries, but it would seem that TDC have been dragging their heels by producing endless bumf for the operators to sign. In fact the council duffers have been so slow to snap this up that I wouldn't be surprised if it's soon announced as yet another Boulogne - Dover service!
Full story on BBC News website