I must compliment you on your ‘Message from the Bridge’ in the July 2016 issue of Sea Breezes.
It is the only statement I have read which considers the crew and not just the ship as an entity. The news at the time, gave far greater coverage to the car carrier Hoegh Osaka, aground at Southampton with luxury cars on board. This editorial is obviously written by a seafarer who properly ‘understands’ what it is like to be at sea. All other published articles I have read on the subject seem dry and accepting of blaming the crew. I fully agree with your conclusion in that a public enquiry is long overdue. Professional bodies, such the Nautical Institute and unions, should be more proactive on this subject.
This leads on to the article on the Prestige case of which I was heavily involved at sea in the salvage operation with Polar Prince. The Spanish authorities, at the time, turned the operation into a political circus, interfering with our operation and claiming undue credit. As to the causes, blaming everyone else but themselves. On piracy (page 6), governments need to do more and public perception of piracy needs changing away from the romanticism of Hollywood and television to that of a criminal and brutal act.
Sea Breezes is the only magazine written by and for professional seafarers and not just for shipspotters. You recognise that ships have crews with a tale to tell, and do not simply concentrate on ship design and statistics. Congratulations.
CAPTAIN I GATER