BBC reports Kenya fiber break

Greg Ihnen os10rules at
Wed Feb 29 02:03:04 UTC 2012

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

> On Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 10:20:10AM -0800, virendra rode wrote:
>> Hash: SHA256
>> 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
>>> 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 at
> 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. ; - )


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