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I'm sorry....

...but you are wrong. There are many perfectly legitimate reasons for a ship to leave port when a storm is coming. Did you see the storm surge in New York Harbor last night? Do you know what would happen to a ship tied alongside a pier that suddenly finds itself floating 8-11' higher than normal?

You can debate weather routing and storm avoidance...you can talk about the vessel seeking a lee or shelter behind a landmass. (In this case, none of those options may have been available.)

Do you know that the Coast Guard orders ships to leave port when storm conditions are imminent? I can tell you exactly why that is. I can tell you exactly why the fleet leaves Norfolk and Little Creek when a storm threatens. But since you are the arbiter of competence, I'll leave it to you to figure out.

Lubbers and sand peeps may speculate about things they know nothing about, but they do so at their own peril.

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