Originally Posted by Pikey Dave
He's a supposedly paid professional, it's his job, he's not a weekend leisure sailor, he's in charge of a feckin great cargo ship, miles off course. Whatever the reason for him running aground, he had chance to drop his anchors waay before he ran aground. Just because no one was hurt or no oil was spilled doesn't make it right, that's like saying speeding or drink driving is ok as long as no-one is hurt. At best he's incompetent, at worst he's criminally negligent either way he's not fit to be in charge.
And you are qualified to make that judgment how?????? Based on a report in the local press?
It would be a truly scary world if everyone was judged by people with no knowledge or experience reading the "evidence" that appears in a local rag, (and i include local BBC reporting as well).
Of course the media makes no mistakes at all, and are all perfectly qualified to report the facts and evidence, so maybe i am wrong???
I agree there should have been an attempt to anchor, and he should not have gone aground. The reasons will be clear upon investigation.
However bear this in mind, many of these SMALL
coasters (I would no way call it a "feckin great cargo ship!") have only have 3 watchkeeping officers on board, due to their owners (not captains) attempt to save money, meaning they work 4 hours on and 8 hours off for months at a time, and in thier off time also need to supervise loading cargo, maintenence, paperwork, and all the other million and one other things to do, so they are usually knackered and exhausted, particularly in the middle of the night.
However in this case I have no idea what happened, so i will reserve judgment.
It is good to know that you believe anyone who gets paid for any job at all deserves stringing up for anything that goes wrong, whoever is at fault, in any proffesion, or are you just saying that to people who are unlucky enough to work on ships for a living??