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YES by all means let it unload the crew are hardly involved plus after its unloaded the Russians wont receive payment as banks wont deal with them at the moment, so win win all round. the same with the oil tanker in the Oakneys there's now a ship floating around with no charts to go else where what happens if it runs aground with all that oil on board and supply's running out for the crew.Very short sited decision in my opinion. John
quote:"...... there's now a ship floating around with no charts to go else where ......."
They don't just have a route from A to B, they will have charts for most of the world and all the knowledge and equipment to plot a new course elsewhere, and if running out of fuel they still have an anchor so no reason to run aground anywhere. If I can make route changes on the go on a 30' plastic tub I'm sure a cargo ship can do it.
I suspect that few boats actually use "real" maps anymore? Surely its just a question of gps/ais plus online charts. Yes I know these can fail but no worse than not updating charts which I suspect rarely happens these days either!
Latest update on the two Russian oil tankers - NS Champion is now heading for the Danish port of Skagen and NS Challenger is just about to exit the English Channel, bound for Sardinia.
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