Martin & Ottaway has been involved in dozens of capsize failures. Capsizes are strange events because the cause of a capsize can be difficult to determine.
There are clear incidents of negligence with regard to capsizes, but, in our experience, about half of the world's capsizes strike like lightning on a clear day, and are totally unexpected. Then the analysis and cause determination becomes quite complex and often tracks back far in time.
Often there is fingerpointing, but it often loses track of the actual cause of the incident. One such incident that we worked on was the Ethan Allen in 2005.
The vessel capsized in mostly normal operating conditions with passengers aboard and loss of life. The analysis indicated that there were a number of factors at work which, together, interlinked to result in the subject incident and there was a red herring.
Everybody was in town and so we got a chance to properly celebrate Jim's 75th birthday.
Mariner for over 55 years
Married to Paula over 50 years
Martin and Ottaway for 24 years
Way to go!