Dirk de Ridder van Mean Machine mag boete van £6000 betalen

Mean Machineen draait ook op voor £4200 gerechtskosten

En dit voor spookvaren (lijkt op spookrijden) in de “Dover Straits Traffic Separation Scheme” op 13 mei 2007 met de Mean Machine. Schipper Dirk de Ridder en een negen koppige crew waren toen op delivery tocht van Portsmouth naar Scheveningen om aan de North Sea Regatta deel te nemen. Dirk de Ridder werd vandaag door de “Folkstone Magistrates” veroordeeld tot het betalen van £6000 boete en £4200 gerechtskosten, wat neerkomt op een slordige €15073.56 in totaal.

De “Maritime and Coastguard Agency Press” Office schreef ons vandaag:

At a hearing today at Folkestone Magistrates, Dirk De Ridder, skipper of the racing yacht 'Mean Machine', was fined £6000 and £4200 costs for going the wrong way up a traffic lane in the Dover Straits Traffic Separation Scheme.

On 13th May 2007 the racing yacht 'Mean Machine' was on a positioning voyage from Portsmouth, UK to Scheveningen, Netherlands prior to taking part in a race. At about 1850 the 'Mean Machine' was detected slowly entering the South West lane on a heading of 055 degrees t. She then proceeded for 6.5 miles in the wrong direction in the South West lane, contrary to Rule 10(b)(i) of the Colregs.

The yacht's plan had been to follow the separation line/zone between the South West lane and Inshore traffic Zone very closely. De Ridder failed to realise that wind shifts would cause him problem which they ultimately did. Soon after gybing it should have become apparent to De Ridder that his course was taking him into the South West lane. 'Mean Machine' passed close ahead of a crossing vessel before passing between two South West bound vessels.

The 'Mean Machine' was identified by a passing merchantman. Dover CNIS contacted the 'Mean Machine' by radio. The yacht then altered course and crossed the South West lane at right angles as required by rule 10 of the Colregs.

Mr Mike Toogood, CNIS Manager at Dover Coastguard, stated "'Mean Machine' was crewed by nine people. If the yacht's position had been better monitored then the vessel 'drift' into the South West lane would have been quickly detected. Also by being so tight to South West lane he was asking for trouble. The results of his action were totally foreseeable.

Safety in the Dover Straits Traffic Separation Scheme is dependant on all vessels, no matter what shape size or description, closely following the requirements of rule 10 of the Colregs."

Foto © NSR / Sander van der Boch

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    Eddy Lekens (BEL) zeilt sinds 1979 wedstrijden met zeegaande zeiljachten, is stichter van ClubRacer en begeleidt als Digital Manager bedrijven met hun omnichannel E-commerce strategie en Marketing automatisatie. Is schipper/stuurman voor vele Verbondsbezem winnaars, werd 2x Nederlands kampioen, won 2x de Antwerp Race (IRC en Sportboten) en werd in 2004 met het ClubRacer zeilteam door het Watersportverbond verkozen tot de beste zeezeiler van Nederland.

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