Originally Posted by Jim Cate
It is interesting that the court dinged the mate who was OOW on the overtaken vessel. He was negligent for sure, but so were the watchkeepers on the overtaking vessel. I do not understand why the penalties were so one-sided and the report did not seem to address that question.
Any of you pros out there have an opinion?
Yes, I have lots of opinions.
The watchkeeper on the ship that was run down was a goose - but failure to keep a good lookout astern is a common failing on ships large and small. One can have lots of fun with helmsmen( and watchkeepers back in the day job) by asking if there is any traffic around to which they reply 'No' . You then draw their attention to a ship about a mile or less on the quarter. 'S**t themselves' doesn't really do it justice.
I can't understand why the watch on the reefer wasn't severely dealt with.
'It wasn't moving very fast and I didn't see it' doesn't cut it with me.