Re: sailboat and ferry collide!
I don't know anything about the maritime industry standards - but I am in the transportation industry. As a long-time locomotive engineer, I am sometimes responsible for training new engineers. In our industry, the instructor-engineer is ultimately responsible for every movement of the train. Working as an instructor is more tiring and more stressful (when done right) than simply operating the train. Every act of the trainee must be overseen directly by the instructor. There is no allowance for "I turned to see....."
Are the standards not as strict for these ferry captains?
And yes - the "pet" comment smells of cya. How can the ferry captain know what was going on in the pilot house of the sailboat?
It's a sad event for all involved. As a steward, I well know the pressures of industry that lead to such lapses in vigilance. It's no excuse, but understandable how it happens. That is why no one should expect others to look out for them.
Last edited by Steve in Idaho; 11-13-2013 at 10:51 PM.