Paper Charts? We don’t need no steenkin’ paper charts!

A photo released on Jan. 20, 2013 by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command (AFP-WESCOM) shows the US Navy ship USS Guardian remaining stuck in the vicinity of the Tubbataha Reef, western Philippines, on Jan. 19
A photo released on Jan. 20, 2013 by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command (AFP-WESCOM) shows the US Navy ship USS Guardian remaining stuck in the vicinity of the Tubbataha Reef, western Philippines, on Jan. 19

It’s hard to know where to start with this one except to say that this lesson has been learned before. This crew had, of course, electronic navigation aids out the wazoo and also had paper charts for the area, which, if used, would have prevented this “you’ve got to be kidding me” accident.

According to the story I read in Passagemaker magazine, “A Navy investigation found that the digital chart in use at the time incorrectly listed the reef’s location by eight miles.” Oops.  But, “In the case of the Tubbataha Reef, the Guardian’s paper charts had the correct position…”

matthowarduys

Broker with United Yacht Sales, retired Marine aviator, passionate boater, student of naval architecture, runner, triathlete and coffee geek

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