Mauritius Shipping Disaster Blamed On Crew Who Wanted Better Cell Reception (1 Viewer)

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This is one of those stories that I have to double check the headline. Big ship + close to land = all kinds of problems. My boat navigating experience is on lakes, and I know you have to be careful when getting near a shoreline. I'm pretty sure at some point in the investigation someone yelled - put down your effing phones while you are working. Hitting a reef caused a fuel spill, which contaminated the coastal eco-system, and 4 people died when a tugboat sank while trying to contain the fuel spill. There were substantial consequences.

Like so many things these days, I'm at a loss to understand how people can make this kind of decision. Talking with friends about some of their workplace issues is interesting. It is as though some people have never learned to think about the larger picture or even ask what might happen. I think it is linked to poor critical thinking skills.

The crew of the MV Wakashio, a nearly 300-metre Cape Size bulker used for carrying iron ore, changed direction to sail close enough to Mauritius to get cell phone coverage after also changing a set course two days earlier, Nagashiki said in a statement.
“There was a lack of awareness of the dangers of navigating close to the coast ... and insufficient implementation of regulations that must be observed in order to safely execute voyages,” the company said, based on its interviews with crew members.

 

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I’m always amazed that people are allowed to keep their phones with them while working, how can you keep your mind on the job when it’s continually on the phone.
A schoolteacher relative is not allowed to take her phone into class, which is as it should be imo
 

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I’m always amazed that people are allowed to keep their phones with them while working, how can you keep your mind on the job when it’s continually on the phone.
A schoolteacher relative is not allowed to take her phone into class, which is as it should be imo
I find where i am - the phones get incorporated into the classes - which is sort of trying to accommodate “the future “ but I think it’s lack of responsibility from the adult side - after all we don’t see the danger as many didn’t grow up with constant WiFi.
obviously the world is full of adults who take no responsibility - from popes to captains
 
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This is one of those stories that I have to double check the headline. Big ship + close to land = all kinds of problems. My boat navigating experience is on lakes, and I know you have to be careful when getting near a shoreline. I'm pretty sure at some point in the investigation someone yelled - put down your effing phones while you are working. Hitting a reef caused a fuel spill, which contaminated the coastal eco-system, and 4 people died when a tugboat sank while trying to contain the fuel spill. There were substantial consequences.

Like so many things these days, I'm at a loss to understand how people can make this kind of decision. Talking with friends about some of their workplace issues is interesting. It is as though some people have never learned to think about the larger picture or even ask what might happen. I think it is linked to poor critical thinking skills.

The crew of the MV Wakashio, a nearly 300-metre Cape Size bulker used for carrying iron ore, changed direction to sail close enough to Mauritius to get cell phone coverage after also changing a set course two days earlier, Nagashiki said in a statement.
“There was a lack of awareness of the dangers of navigating close to the coast ... and insufficient implementation of regulations that must be observed in order to safely execute voyages,” the company said, based on its interviews with crew members.

Where is the Homer Simpson emoji when you need it - what absolute enraging stupidity
 

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Tell that to a barque or brig that relied on sail power to keep away from fearsome rocks, almost like teeth in the maw of a demon in the high thrust of a storm. These modern ships have rudders, satellite GPS, rotating pistons, thrusters... and dumbf*cks, apparently.
 
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But did they get that really important cat picture on their phone with the better reception? Asking for a friend. :|
 
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