For us seafarers, the recent loss of the Secor Power and its crew is just another reminder of the dangers we face going to sea. It is tough to think that men could simply head to sea and within a few hours find themselves in mortal danger.
Only time and a proper investigation will yield information as to what exactly happened to cause the loss of the vessel and it’s most likely that we will find out certain circumstances and actions were done (or not done), onboard the vessel which contributed to the casualty. What little I know about the event was based on one statement that the vessel radioed they were taking on water.
Almost always we can find a certain set of circumstances which led to cause a certain set of events. I cannot imagine that these special vessels were inherently designed to be unseaworthy, for example effected by wind load on its exposed structure. If this was the case, there would have been a history of similar vessels having causalities long before 2021. Whatever the investigators eventually find, in my opinion, there will be high odds that of a chain of events which wrap together both the “act of God (the actual weather) and a series of other human factors which caused the loss of the vessel. It is most likely those other factors which came together to cause the capsize. I could image many possibilities such as open manholes exposed to the sea filling a compartment, watertight hatches and doorways not properly secured, bilge and ballast systems incapable of pumping out these compartments or perhaps a failure related to the legs of the rig or equipment on deck which subsequently damaged the vessel and limited the crews abilities to bring the vessel to heave to in the severe weather.
Collectively, I am sure many of us have had a few close calls which brought us close to severe injury or even death. Hell, even now I can still get the “heebie-jeebies” thinking about some of things that have happened to me. I was lucky.
This is our life, and this is our risk. Each of us can do our jobs the best we can. Not only do we need to remember to look out for ourselves and the other crew members but the ship as well. If there ever comes a point where you know something is not right onboard, where there is a potential for a casualty, that is the moment you need to speak out. If your smart enough to know there is a risk to the vessel or crew, you will obviously be smart enough to deal with the ramifications of your actions. Just rest assure knowing you did the right thing.
Finally, to those we leave behind when we go to sea, we need to always tell them, we love them, as only God knows if, and when we will safely return.
PS For those interested in why many accidents do happen, I suggest you research "swiss cheese safety modelling". This theory will be utilized by the accident investigators to determine what indeed happened to contribute to the tragedy.