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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...

Originally Posted by PCP View Post
The captain had not some responsibility it has ALL RESPONSABILITY.
I haven't heard anybody deny that the captain bears the burden of responsibility. That goes without saying, and does not need to be repeated ad nauseum.

However, it is WAY premature to declare that nobody else at all has any responsibility. Your suggestion is absurd.

The captain cannot singlehandedly fund the entire maintenance of the ship - he is just an employee, and the financial support of the foundation is needed for maintenance and repairs. Yet if everything must be working perfectly with fully redundant backups for everything, no ship would ever sail. So a calculated decision must be made every time the ship ventures out. The captain does not make those calculated decisions in a vacuum - the safety culture of the overall organization always plays a role in those choices.

This is the kind of stuff that the USCG will probe, and I would be very surprised if the USCG investigation does not reveal other systemic factors that contributed to the root cause, and will thus assign some responsibility to others.

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