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How could a US warship have collided with a tanker?

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The US destroyer John S. McCain collided with a tanker early Monday as the warship prepared to make a routine port call in Singapore, leaving a gaping hole in its hull and 10 sailors missing. It was the second recent accident involving an American warship after a…
Singapore (AFP) – The US destroyer John S. McCain collided with a tanker early Monday as the warship prepared to make a routine port call in Singapore, leaving a gaping hole in its hull and 10 sailors missing.
It was the second recent accident involving an American warship after a collision off Japan in June, raising questions about the US Pacific fleet and whether it is taking on too much as it tackles multiple challenges.
Here are some questions and answers about collision avoidance procedures and what may have caused the latest accident:
– What is the procedure for ships passing? –
Commercial vessels use standard marine radar and must also have an Automatic Identification System (AIS) , which connects to satellites for vessel tracking and displays the location of other ships.
However navy vessels often fail to turn on these AIS systems, which can create problems for commercial shipping when their military counterparts use busy waterways, according to Claudia Norrgren, an associate director of VesselsValue which provides data about shipping.
– What might have happened this time? –
Analysts say an investigation must be carried out before firm conclusions can be drawn but some suggested that the US Navy ship may not have stuck to the rules for ships in the Strait of Singapore.

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