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Court trial of sailor Roland Wilson accused of crashing boat into tanker
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- Roland Wilson accused of crashing boat into tanker
- Incident happened during Cowes Week 2011
- The crash happened in Southampton Water
- Wilson faces three charges
District judge Anthony Calloway has wrapped up proceedings and adjourned the trial to resume tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 10am.
Prosecutor Charles Row asked Mr Mileusnic what would happen if the ship was going significantly slower before the incident.
He said the Hanne Knutsen lost around 2knots and then would have been subject to the east going tide if it went slower.
He added: "It would make the turn very difficult and highly risky. The speed was not excessive and went at that speed to make the turn.
"The maneuvrability would reduce the slower we go."
An investigation was carried out by Knutsen shipping after the incident. Mr Taylor is reading it out.
He said the report states the conditions at the time were "dense".
Mr Mileusnic disagreed, adding: "I would say it was busy."
Mr Taylor suggested Hanne Knutsen could have turned back around prior to the collision, but Mr Mileusnic said: "That would be extremely dangerous and yacht Atalanta would not be here if it had been carried out."
The judge breaks proceedings again as Mr Wilson deliberates with his legal team.
Mr Mileusnic said the Hanne Knutsen encountered two problems that day - the Joy C and the Atlanta.
The court is being shown pictures of a pleasure boat called Joy C just metres away from the Hanne Knutsen's bow in the build up to the collision with Atlanta of Chester.
Mr Taylor tells the court: "Queen's Harbour master regulations prohibit above ten knots, were you going above that limit? You were speeding into the Saturday of Cowes Week."
Mr Mileusenic said: "No, we were at a safe speed. We had a trouble free trip until the Prince Consort buoy."
Mr Taylor asked Mr Mileusnic: "At the time of the incident you were speeding as you approached the Prince Consort buoy, weren't you."
"No we were not", said Mr Mileusnic. "The area has no speed limit."
Mr Taylor claimed the area had a speed limit of ten knots.
Mr Taylor asked Mr Mileusnic if he knew how many races were taking place during that day in Cowes Week. He replied: "No it's an unnecessary piece of information for us.
"I see no use in knowing how many yachts were there", adding situations were dealt with as they were encountered.
Mr Mileusnic said he informed the captain the ship may encounter yachts at that stage of the journey, but said a lot of pleasure rafts are expected during Cowes Week, and on Saturdays and Sundays.
Defence Rufus Taylor, representing Mr Wilson, is about to ask Mr Mileusnic questions about the incident.
Mr Mileusnic said the Atalanta was sailing "incredibly well" before the collision . But had she not turned to the course of starboard there would not have been an issue.
Mr Mileusnic said everyone on the Hanne Knutsen underwent a breath test on board testing for alcohol and drug consumption. All were negative.
Lt Roland Wilson at Southampton Magistrates Court today.
He said a large number of yachts in the area would have caused problems with the ship's radar but there was a look out, which "is the most important thing of the lot".
Prosecutors Charles Row is going through an incident report put together by Mr Mileusnic after the collision.
Mr Mileusnic tells the court he has been a first class pilot at the port of Southampton for 23 years. He was on board the Hanne Knutsen at the time of the incident.
We are now back in court six waiting for District Judge Anthony Calloway to arrive.
Proceedings are due to resume at 2.10pm. This afternoon's witnesses are Paul Twelftiee and John Mileusnic, pilots on board the Hanne Knutsen when it collided with the Atalanta of Chester, which was skippered by defendant Ronald Wilson.
Prosecutor Charles Row asked: "How satisfied are you that the GPS on Atalanta was accurate?"
Dr Baines said: "Fairly accurate. It appears to line up with the radar trail and other locations that were shown on other figures."
Dr Baines was asked if the position of a GPS device could be affected if it was in a zip pocket. He responded it would have to be a question taken up with the manufacturer.
The hearing resumes and the defence is to begin quizzing Dr Baines.
District judge Anthony Calloway has ordered another break after Dr Baines finished his evidence.
Mr Wilson is discussing the footage with his legal team.
A data simulation of the build up to the collision, with audio, is being played to the court.
Dr Baines said GPS data from the Atlanta ties up with the position given from radar data taken from the area.
Dr Baines said the last recorded data point from the GPS system was 15.16, but he added: "we cannot say that was definitely the time" then Atlanta collided with Hanne Knutsen.
Dr Baines is describing the processes he went through to extract information from data sources taken from the vessels involved.
He said he went to satellite navigation firm Garmin for software to extract information from the handheld gps system on board the Atlanta, which the prosecution claim was switched off prior to the collision and switched back on again at a later date.
Evidence from Dr Neil Baines. He will show his findings using his marine accident data analysis suite.
The court watches in as the video is played. It shows the dramatic moment the Atlanta of Chester, with a bright pink sail, hits the 123.000 ton Hanne Knutsen.
The court is about to be shown a YouTube video of the collision.
Mr Charles Row, prosecuting on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), said Mr Wilson, in interview, believed the Hanne Knutsen was going to turn starboard before the collision.
Mr Row told the court that while the Hanne Knutsen as not free to do what it wanted under maritime regulations, but the Atlanta "had the burden of responsibility in these particular set of circumstances".
The prosecution representing the Maritime Agency claims there was virtually no change in direction of the Atlanta of Chester and the Hanne Knutsen between 3.11pm and 3.14pm on the day of the incident.
Prosecutors described how Mr Wilson's yacht was stuck in the Hanne Knutsen's wind channel before collision. A crew member decided to abandon ship approximately 5-6 seconds before colliding.
It shows five blasts of warning horn from the Hanne Knutsen, and an Atlanta crew member jumping out of the vessel before collision.
In interview, Mr Wilson argued handheld satellite navigation was not working on board, weeds were stuck around the rudder, and suggested the Atlanta was outside the moving prohibited zone.
The court heard how the Atlanta of Chester made no obvious attempt to clear the area ahead of the collision with the Hanne Knutsen.
Prosecutors say it was the Atlanta and the Hanne Knutsen were almost on a constant bearing up to two minutes before colliding. They claim it was the "Atlanta's responsibility to act decisively and clearly" to avoid collision.
Prosecutors argue Mr Wilson's vessel entered a moving prohibited zone on the day of the incident.
District Judge Anthony Calloway is overseeing the trial.
Mr Wilson is now in court 6. He is wearing a pin stripe suit and a red striped tie.
Atlanta of Chester collides with the Hanne Knutsen
He is alleged to have been negligent after the boat he was skippering, the Atlanta of Chester, strayed into a marked shipping Lane as an oil tanker, Hanne Knutsen, sailed past.
The trial of Roland Wilson, 31, will take place in court 6 at Southampton Magistrates' Court.
The former Royal Navy officer is accused of flouting three marine laws and crashing into a tanker in Cowes Week in August 2011.