Originally Posted by NYCAP123
Cheaping out on crew costs could cost one his boat or life.
It is far too early too blame the crew for anything. No one was lost and that is the best any crew can accomplish so for now they should be praised, not suspected. That is a RoRo ferry and as such it is quite possible that a truck cargo may have caused or contributed to the explosion and fire. This is a possibility that I think will make a lot of people very very uncomfortable.
But, this is a wonderful seque into the most recent sellout by congress and the coast guard.
September 27, 2010 Federal Register (75 FR 59281): http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-24154.pdf
It will eliminate the long standing law which required the licensed officers of an American flagged vessel to be citizens of the US. The proposed change in the law is disguised as "recognition of STCW" as required by that treaty but is written to remove the prohibition against employment of foreign seafarers on offshore supply vessels in US waters. The anti Jones Act crowd has appended the following to the proposed new law:
(C) Any other vessel if the Secretary
determines, after an investigation, that
qualified seamen who are citizens of the
United States are not available.
This will effectively eliminate the American Merchant Marine as it is almost certain that for the next few years at least, no American mariner will accept a 12 month assignment with no vacation and no benefits that pays $3000 per month. They will not "be available" to work for less than their mortgage payment. The shipping companies must be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of not having to pay Americans. The race the bottom is speeding up.
Back to ship fires, they mean nothing to American politicians and most citizens, they haven't since the Morrow Castle burned a few prominent people in view of the Atlantic City boardwalk. The CG and politicians who have been bought off to pass this new law are not likely to be overly concerned about its long term effects. Their families don't work on those ships, they don't vacation on them or take ferries much further than Staten Island or Bainbridge.