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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 ?


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

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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