Rambler 100 Capsize – Lessons For Tugs?

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Jan 072013
 
Rambler-100. The front stayed on but the keel fell off.

Rambler-100. The front stayed on but the keel fell off.

One might not normally compare tugs and racing yachts but both have a knack for capsizing, or girting, fast often with tragic results for the crew. Some of the lessons and suggestions from the investigation into the capsize of Rambler 100 by Eire’s Marine Casualty Investigation Board may equally apply to tugs and similar vessels.

While manoeuvring, part of the Rambler-1oo’s keel snapped off, not uncommon in one-off built yachts. Within 15 second she was laid on her side and turned turtle

in less than 60 seconds. Fortunately her crew survived. While tugs girt for different reasons the challenges of surviving capsize are very similar.

MCIB’s conclusions and suggestions are:

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