lots to contemplate but nothing new or which has not been discussed before except this recommendation in the report:
Recommendation #13 – Anonymous Safety Reporting to Shore for Ships at Sea. It is recommended that Commandant direct the development of a shipboard emergency alert system that would provide an anonymous reporting mechanism for crew members to communicate directly with the Designated Person Ashore or the Coast Guard while the ship is at sea. The system would be in place to report urgent and dire safety concerns that are not being adequately addressed onboard the ship or by shore based company resources in a timely manner.
automatic reporting of unseaworthiness or non conformity with the SMS without a name attached sent not just to the DPA but to the OCMI. With this, no one will be able to sweep deficiencies which risk lives or the environment under the rug because there will be an official record of the report. Should there be a catastrophic loss which was directly attributable to any such a report received there MUST be a criminal penalty for not making all efforts to correct the deficiency. Not only the operators as a corporation be criminally liable but also ANY person within management who is in the decision chain of custody be able to be tried criminally as well and to serve serious jail time if they failed to ensure the safety of life and the environment. With such potential personal consequences to one’s professional status as well as personal freedom, few will be willing to continue to be lapdogs for top executives. Make it so that if a DPA tried to correct safety deficiencies but got pushback from higher ups, give him the ability to turn witness for the prosecution in any trial. Those without guilt will have nothing to fear but those who colluded to prevent deficiencies be rectified should be made to swing!
Also USCG MUST be mandated to follow up on any and all reports received even if anonymously and ensure that the operators are making corrections otherwise USCG should be held liable in civil court for damages from anyone injured or the survivors of those lost.
TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY!