15 February 2019
Our new film for ship insurance specialists Britannia P & I was shot at Transas, an extraordinarily sophisticated ship simulator in Hampshire – which can conjure up just about anything you want to portray calamities that can befall even the most modern of ships, on the safest of routes. And the ships themselves (picture.) In this case, a combination of essential repairs, refusal of funds for harbour charges and then tugs, to save a huge ship dragging her anchors out at sea and going aground. A ship powerless to save herself, because her engines were disabled for maintenance. The only redeeming feature of this sorry story being that no lives were lost – though the ship was. Drama by stages: first a Fawlty Towers-style non-meeting of minds, then a mounting crisis of bafflement and error, and finally – complete disaster. And disorder.
Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
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