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    Re: A credible AIS track for the Costa Concordia
    From: Geoffrey Kolbe
    Date: 2012 Jan 24, 08:42 +0000

    Frank wrote:
    
    >  Were there no other officers monitoring the vessel's position?
    > Were there no automated systems warning of dangerously shallow
    > water? Where was the backup to this fallible individual??
    
    Historically, there never was a backup to the captain on the bridge.
    He was God, his word was law and if you questioned it, then it was
    mutiny. How is that different today?
    
    And reading between the lines, this captain had probably done this
    dozens of times before. It sounds like it was a macho thing. The
    other officers on the bridge were probably quite relaxed about it
    until about 30 seconds before the crunch. Not much time to do
    anything about it then....
    
    Geoffrey Kolbe
    
    
    
    
    

       
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