(Dont worry, i realise it was tongue in cheek
To be fair, i can vouch for the professionalism of those involved and understand the pressures and distractions that they have to deal with. I say this not because i'm generalising about overall standards of officers in the MN, but because i know a good percentage of the officers involved in this particular case.
It will be easy to critisise them for not slowing down further (if it was really 36knts) but i would urge people to not cast dispertions of reclessness as, i can quite confidently say, that that would not have been the case.
Extra look-outs would have been brought up onto the bridge, both Master and Chief Officer would have been scrutinizing the radar screens, the fog horn would have been set to auto (admitedly not doing much good if she was at 36knts) and generally the mood on the bridge would of been one of concentration.
Sadly going back to my previous posts, commercial pressure plays a HUGE part in a Master's decision to choose to slow down or not. Yes, if she was at 36knts then it would seem obvious to most as being an unacceptable speed in fog however, when both your Radar sets pick up no targets then sadly, due to previously mentioned pressures you make choices which you may have not normally made.
Pressure needs to be applied from the Government to the shipping companies in order to force a change of attitude towards maintaining a shedule at all costs, even at the cost of safety. (although shipping companies always deny this, especially some of the less reputable ones)