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Re: BBC reports Kenya fiber break
From: Mike Andrews <mikea () mikea ath cx>
Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 07:04:43 -0600

On Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 09:33:04PM -0430, Greg Ihnen wrote:

On Feb 28, 2012, at 10:53 AM, Mike Andrews wrote:

On Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 10:20:10AM -0800, virendra rode wrote:
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On 02/27/2012 08:11 AM, Marshall Eubanks wrote:
Is anyone seeing this ?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17179544

"East Africa's high-speed internet access has been severely disrupted
after a ship dropped its anchor onto fibre-optic cables off Kenya's
coast."

The ship was reported to have dropped anchor while in a restricted or
prohibited area. These areas are _EXTREMELY_ well marked on charts. I can't
see it being anything other than human or mechanical error: not checking if
the ship is in a no-anchorage area, or the anchor chain wildcat brake _and_
the anchor chain blocking device fail simultaneously, or watch officer
totally mistakes the ship's location and orders the anchor to be let go.

-- 
Mike Andrews, W5EGO
mikea () mikea ath cx
Tired old sysadmin 


One more option: engine or steering failure making dropping the hook an
urgent necessity. What are the chances you'd hit a fiber-optic cable. ; -)

Good call. I'd not seen that one, but should have, and engineering
failures seem to be happening (or to be reported) rather more than they
used to. 

-- 
Mike Andrews, W5EGO
mikea () mikea ath cx
Tired old sysadmin 


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