Originally Posted by Smier
Chef kind of touched on my question earlier when he mentioned not enough qualified/trained crew... How many crew(qualified) should a ship of this size have had realistically? 16 total crew members seems kind of small in my mind. Then you factor in the weather, their actual skill levels, and injuries...
Thats the interesting thing about the shuffling of the displacement of the vessel! Because they changed something to bring it back under 300 tons they didnt need any qualified crew.
This hearing is finding what could be lies upon lies that force fitted this vessel into one the USCG never had the ability to properly inspect and never needed to be surveyed for the level ship she was actually.
Thats why this hearing is intriguing. And that we had previously brought up all these points in this thread!
If it is found to be deception on part of people still alive there may be a referal for criminal proceedings. Thats probably why the owner is not answering questions at this hearing.
To answer your question specifically they should have had a marine qualified engineer, mate and second mate... at least!