Ever since the USS Fitzgerald incident where a US warship collided with a cargo ship off the Coast of Japan, or the collision of the USS John McCain near Singapore - again with a cargo ship - I've been suspicious of these incidents. Not that collisions of civilian and military ships don't happen: the RMS Olympic, sister ship of the Titanic, had a collision with a British warship early in her career (leading to some interesting theories, too). But then we had the Suez Canal incident where a ship literally beached itself on the sides of the canal, blocking traffic through the crucial waterway for a week. Just a few days ago, a crack in the I-40 bridge over the Mississippi River at Memphis Tennessee brought barge traffic on the waterway to a halt.  And yes, having seen a picture of the crack on the bridge, I'm suspicious, especially as it occurred in the same relative time frame as the Colonial Pipeline hack and shut down.

Well, E.G. spotted these two stories, and yes, I'm at least "suspicious" once again:

Ship Carrying Auto Parts Sinks Off Japan Coast

In the first instance, we know only this:

A search is ongoing for three crew members reported missing from a roll-on/roll-off (ro/ro) vessel that sank off the coast of Japan early Friday morning. The MV Byakko sank at about 2:40 a.m. local time after colliding with the chemical tanker Ulsan Pioneer just before midnight in the Seto Inland Sea, Reuters reported. The Byakko reportedly sank about 2.5 miles off the coast of Imabari.


The 557-foot-long Byakko is operated by Kobe, Japan-based Prince Kaiun Co. According to Kyodo News, the Byakko was carrying auto parts and left Kobe at 4:30 p.m. Thursday bound for Kanda, Japan. The Ulsan Pioneer reportedly departed a port in China on Tuesday and was scheduled to arrive in Osaka, Japan, on Friday afternoon.


A cause of the collision has not been reported. According to FreightWaves meteorologist Nick Austin, there were no indications of unusual weather at the time of the accident.

"Not unusual" weather, and presumably the Japanese are not building ships without the latest technologies and competent crews.  So are we looking at design flaws? Incompetence on the part of the crews of either ship? We don't know, but what we do know is that a lot of insurers are going to have to pay out a lot of money after they conclude their investigations, which may well be worth watching.

In the second instance, we have this, and again, note the absence of any genuinely informative details:

Technical problems onboard a massive crude tanker Friday led to the shutdown of Turkey's Bosphorus Strait.

The vessel veered off course in the Bosphorus Strait, a narrow waterway that divides the city of Istanbul and connects the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.


At its narrowest point, the waterway is 700 meters wide. The temporary suspension of traffic in the Strait conjured up fears of the Suez Canal blockage in late March. Bosphorus is a strategic chokepoint and represents a substantial geopolitical risk if extended closure were to happen because its critical to global trade between Asia and Europe.

While we may never know what "technical problems" the vessel experienced or what exactly caused it, one thing is sure is that the Strait has become an essential route for Russian naval traffic.

There's probably a lot more to this story that is not being disclosed... 

I couldn't agree with Zero Hedge's conclusion more: "technical details" seems to cover a lot of room. Did the rudder somehow get stuck? Was the helm unresponsive? Were the computer systems not performing optimally? Were they hacked?

When you stop and think about it, all of this considered together is more than passably strange. Two US warships colliding with cargo ships within months of each other, the Suez canal blocked and later the Bosporus, barge traffic on the Mississippi brought to a standstill because of a crack in a support member in a major bridge on a major highway artery, a crack which, incidentally, looks suspiciously "uncrack-like." And in most of these cases, an almost baffling lack of any real details as to the cause. In the case of the Japanese cargo ship sinking, the insurers of the ship and cargo are going to be out a pretty penny, and one can rest assured they will be conducting their own corporate investigations.

But I have to wonder if someone is running "practice" or "drills" in efforts to learn how to shut down shipping. Are we looking at hacking and cyber war? Or incompetence or, worse, remote mind manipulation interference with the ships' crews? In the case of the Suez and Bosporus, there would be pilot crews on board that know the waterways. So explaining these "mishaps" by mere "technical difficulties" seems to be the "story of first resort", a literal appeal to a glitch ex machina, while the real story may be covered up just long enough so that people will forget, and reports never published.  Are we to expect more "technical difficulties" on ships at other choke points, the Straits of Hormuz or the Strait of Gibraltar, for example?

Time will tell, but for now, you can continue to put me in the "suspicious" column...

See you on the flip side...

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. dLux on June 4, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    What about Schuabby announcing that in June, there will be major hacking attacks?

  2. marcos toledo on June 3, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    It is much worse Joseph go to David DuByne and Christain Westbrook websites and YouTube channels Adapt 2030 and The Ice Age Farmer. The real target is the food supply these bastards intend to starve us to death and force us into cannibalism for their sick amusement and to rid themselves of us useless eaters Barbara eluded to this in her post.

    • Robert Barricklow on June 4, 2021 at 12:18 am

      I’ve been thinking that; and writing of that scenario.
      It’s a transitional communist signature: famine under communism.
      I wouldn’t put it past them.

      • marcos toledo on June 4, 2021 at 1:24 am

        Unfortunately, Robert remember the Irish potato famine of the 1840s massacre of the Bison to starve the Plains Indians. It is not only a communist MO only.

        • Foglamp on June 4, 2021 at 5:37 am

          Good point, Marcos – and let’s not forget that marxism is itself a psyop, too. Not even Karl Marx was a marxist!

        • Robert Barricklow on June 4, 2021 at 11:59 am

          It seems this current ongoing “vaccine” mass killing
          is about eugenics and/or pharmaceutical profits.
          There is also that underlying mind-control aspect.
          Time will tell the tale; the mass media certainly won’t.

  3. zendogbreath on June 3, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    Brings to mind the hours of video Brendon O’Connell has put up on Bitc hute youtube and others as Talpiot about how Tel Aviv, the Talpiot program and the 8200 unit have all become the cyber juggernaut that brought Intel to their knees while taking over all tech companies to backdoor every chip on the planet. The Boeing 737 crashes fall into the same category.



  4. Robert Barricklow on June 3, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    More ship problems = more mind control live action ops?
    And as long as its live action experiments; why not stack the ops/
    Hell, why not have a next/gen AI, plan the whole ops w/in ops shebang?
    Is this all part of the next gen warfare ops – gone live?
    To today’s post.

    Industrial espionage is a given; time immemorial.
    I remember reading numerous Marcus Didius Falco novel by Lindsey Davis; starting around 70AD in Rome where he was involved in informing on and/or sabotaging huge business interests of his day.
    [He was an informer for the emperor[spy in today’s terminology].

    The insurance detectives in political matters will be former State political police. Oops! I mean former FBI agents. The investigative report will be pre-written; then a show investigation will begin,
    to comply w/the pre-conclusions, of the pre-report.
    All pre-planned, like the 2020 election Media coup d’etat.

    What’s interesting in Dr. Farrell’s blog; is that all these incident are on waterways. When you couple that w/China’s: One Belt, One Road, Road Map Initiative; intuitively one sees the difference of water versus road distribution globalized systems.

    White Rabbit

  5. Michael UK on June 3, 2021 at 11:30 am

    Joseph – already just happened again in Gulf of Oman. Very suspicious incident of ship catching fire!
    Iranian Navy oil refuelling ship – Iris Kharg.
    All previous incident reports, intelligence and maps see this:

  6. Barbara on June 3, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Recent “accidents” all involve commerce: oil pipes, meat plants, bridges, ships. It looks like TPTB are trying hard to spur inflation all over the world. I also hear that warehouses are full of stuff that is being withhold from release on purpose. Creating the shortage to spike inflation is the name of the game. Add to that stimulus checks, that are going towards paying debts instead of spending and forces who are trying to bring dollar to the ground are in trouble. That means delay in CBDC plans.

    • Laura on June 3, 2021 at 11:40 am

      what about this collection of events: meat packing workers get covid; long haul shipping based commerce disrupted, energy pipelines hacked or canceled, meat packing plant hacked, more ships sidelined, one with auto parts, rental car shortage, increase in used car prices — are these *climate change targets* and probing to consolidate supply chains so goods and prices can be controlled and price is less impacted by competition? looking for vulnerabilities and resilience in order to develop strategy?

      • FiatLux on June 4, 2021 at 2:36 am

        Most of the commodities are stuff related to the climate change targets — good catch!!

    • zendogbreath on June 3, 2021 at 4:44 pm

      Retail lumber facilities are stuffed with lumber during this more and more curious lumber shortage.

  7. Sophia on June 3, 2021 at 7:52 am

    Were I an old-time Bond villainous SPECTRE like entity, I would exploit container shipping and automobile shipping to execute transnational human trafficking, drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, etc.

    To go full villain and start WWIII/super depopulation, I’d use such transportation networks to smuggle a rogue nuclear device(s) into a flashpoint country/ies. Either low yield dirty bomb (‘terrorist’) or garden-variety (‘nations of concern’).

    Didn’t a certain general say, “You’re not getting in?”

    Was there a rogue nuc program at Fukushima pre-tsunami?

    Clogging shipping chokepoints is ideal for covert maritime interdiction ops—both the distressed vessel and all the backed up ones become stationary targets. Sinking an auto roll-on/roll-off ro-ro ship would neutralize contraband before it disappeared into a foreign port.

    Perhaps we see glimpses of a covert global cat-and-mouse game.

    • Foglamp on June 4, 2021 at 5:45 am

    • MQ on June 4, 2021 at 10:26 pm

      Curious if the Boys from Bariloche are in on any of this. Or are they biding their time to come out after major nations are at each other’s throats?
      It’s far too many coincidences for even half as much stuff that’s happened lately. Is it too early to predict some ship getting stuck in a lock in the Panama canal? Or some giant gantry falling over the narrowest part of the canal? That will really put a strain on shipping. I don’t get the continued delays with unloading ships in US ports. We’re well past any “legit” excuses for [virus of unknown origin] causing a lack of workers (unless someone has any other data).
      A literary aside: William Gibson wrote a book called Spook Country where he goes in to some detail about the workings of various individuals in the spy game. Slight spoiler – a shipping container filled with money has been traveling around the world. And this team is called in to “spoil it” with radioactivity. An interesting read, and maybe we are seeing the shadows of something similar going on in real life.

  8. jplatt39 on June 3, 2021 at 7:19 am

    Pardon my saying so but…

    living in a high crime (small) port city I am both skeptical of the benefits of modern Nautical technology on an industrial scale, and satisfied that even the Japanese are having issues finding “competent crews” with today’s wages and the issues exacerbated by the pandemic. Remember the U. S. Navy rolled back their digital controls because there was too steep a learning curve between ships.

    Also the Ever Given grounding last March was clearly in part because as a super tanker it was too big to use Suez facilities safely. The Bosphorus incident also involves a super tanker. With the people I see around the Bay I honestly believe most — let me emphasize that, most — crews are badly under trained and over stressed. On these big ships? Yes.

    Even the Iranian tanker fire: most expatriates I’ve talked to agree sanctions have made their infrastructure problems worse but the ideological issues familiar to anyone who studied the Massachusetts Bay Colony also play an important role. That is not to say there isn’t sabotage, but especially in the ship fire there is too much evidence of other issues.

    I do see a relationship but it is that both can be explained by simple greed.

    • ragiza on June 3, 2021 at 10:45 am

      Deck officer competence may account for some of these incidents. In the US Navy, there are complaints that in recent years training and qualification standards for deck officers have been compromised.

      • jplatt39 on June 4, 2021 at 6:23 am

        I don’t exactly agree. It’s not always any crew’s fault that the ships are not designed to be run by them. I shared this story with a breakfast companion who told me about a ship’s captain on the Mississippi River who a few years back who swore in the background while a friend of this guy was talking on the phone to someone else. He said there was something down the river – a few miles apparently – they were going to hit and there was nothing they could do about it. These are generally people who have sailed that part of the river many times and are hired for their knowledge of certain sections. If he couldn’t stay in control over a few miles that really does sound like whomever wrote the control design specs was ignorant, arrogant or and won’t answer for the damage he or she has caused.

        Officers are workers too. If they are all undertrained – as I believe – then the issue is either the training, the breakdown of the task they are being trained for or both. This is a management crisis, and yes I do believe it is a crisis.

        • ragiza on June 4, 2021 at 8:11 am

          Two recent US Navy collisions were between destroyers and large cargo container ships.

          From a USN report:
          “The officer of the deck, the person responsible for safe navigation of the ship, exhibited poor seamanship by failing to maneuver as required, failing to sound the danger signal and failing to attempt to contact Crystal on bridge-to-bridge radio. In addition, the officer of the deck did not call the commanding officer as appropriate and prescribed by Navy procedures to allow him to exercise more senior oversight and judgment of the situation.” The report details similar failures by other crew members.

    • Roger on June 3, 2021 at 11:35 am

      Yep, ever since they did away with the Merchant Marines and decided to crew their ships for less than minimum wage from third world countries I’m not surprised stuff like this happens when the electronics malfunctions or gets hacked. Globalism is doomed to collapse when there are no longer high enough wages left in the world to buy any of the products because of taking global human exploitation too far. But that is the plan to bankrupt all those unwitting millionaires and billionaires who are not really in “The Real Club”! Little do they know they are considered useless eaters as well.

      • marcos toledo on June 3, 2021 at 7:24 pm

        They are also useful idiots as well.

  9. DanaThomas on June 3, 2021 at 7:10 am

    Apart from the general strategic aspects, what about the question of some nefarious things that could slip by in millions of containers under the cover of legitimate trade?

    • Roger on June 3, 2021 at 11:39 am

      All kinds of interesting things get lowered onto the decks of smaller fishing trawlers at the edge of international waters I hear. Especially off the coast of leftist cities.

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