Absolutely nothing about "bridge management teams" makes sense to me. It's just some idiotic plan to spread the responsibility and decision making to the less experienced and undermine the authority of the person in charge. There was no way I would have been able to operate a freighter, with 22 men from third world countries, if I asked for opinions and advice from my crew. Totally idiotic in the real world of vessel operation.
As to; "Much better to provide additional training for both before allowing them to return to their roles."; would you have the same sentiment had the guy on the yacht not been so lucky and died? Again, total idiocy; these two people have absolutely no business on any vessel in the future. There are some people who just shouldn't be on boats of ANY sort and I believe these two women have shown themselves totally incompetent of operating any sort of boat, and I would worry if they were in a car anywhere near a loved one of mine! We're not talking of making a bad decision at the posted speed limit of 65 miles an hour, here, no, they couldn't even manage to avoid another vessel when the combined speeds of those two vessels was probably less than 25 mph. No, these two belong somewhere where they can't risk anyone's lives, including their own; say as check out girls at the supermarket, perhaps? Phooey on leniency in this case.
Bridge resource management is not a new concept neither is closed loop communication.
They have both existed for a very long time. The new part is the name and formalising the concept.
The term comes from cockpit resource management. Which was introduced to counter the no of aircraft accidents where the Captain did something dumb and the co-pilot did not or could not speak up.
Its not about taking responsibility away from the Captain. Its about a second or 3rd pair of eyes pointing out the wood behind the tress. Helping the Captain avoid the mistake he or she might be about to make.
In this case you have a probably quite senior Captain and a very junior 2nd Mate. The 2nd Mate mention the boat was getting closer.
The Capt didnít check. Just gave a vague direction to come further left and sound the whistle if you deem it necessary.
The 2nd Mates comment was probably to little and to Late. She then made a brief error in applying the helm right instead of left. Why? It is a common error to mix left and right port and starboard.
Possibly because she was think the ferry should come right and go behind the small boat and expecting to be directed to-do so. Who know maybe she always goofs up left and right..
Unfortunately for her she was new and working with a Captain whoís decisions were very poor and led to a collision.
The report refers to the Captains lack of situational awareness. itís the 2nd mates job to help the Captain maintain her situational awareness by providing information about the vessels navigation and collision avoidance. The 2nd mate was unable to do this because she was the QM steering not the 2nd Mate looking out and using the other RADAR.
Firing the Captain and 2nd Mate. Will not improve my confidence when sailing in the San Juanís the approaching WSF vessel is going to see my boat and pass clear..
So I will stay well out of their way.