Dubai impound ships suspected in cable damage

Marshall Eubanks tme at
Wed Apr 9 00:12:13 UTC 2008

On Apr 8, 2008, at 7:57 PM, Deepak Jain wrote:

> There is no reason to assume these are civilian satellites. Any one  
> of a number of affected or interested countries could have provided  
> the imagery (or ship information) to Reliance. Its not saying *who*  
> analyzed the images. ;)
> Then again, how are ship's captains supposed to know *where* they  
> are allowed to drop anchor? Is there a "Call before you drop" anchor  
> service similar to "call before you dig?"

That's what maritime pilots are for (every commercial harbor has them)  
and my understanding is that they are generally required
by law and that there can be criminal penalties for not following  
their advice.


> Deepak
> Sean Donelan wrote:
>> Wow, civilian satellite images are getting very sharp.
>> Using satellite images of ship movements in the area, Reliance
>> Globalcom identified two ships in the area at the time which
>> may have damaged the cable.
>> Reliance also confirmed the cable was damaged because of "jerks and  
>> force of the ship."

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