I notice that the author of that article is STILL talking about the AXC Crystal being on autopilot (true) WITH NOBODY ON THE BRIDGE!!!
He doesn’t even qualify it as a possibility, but as a proven certainty, based on an article in the VERY reliable tabloid, the Daily Mail which quotes another VERY knowledgeable expert on how Merchant ships are operated:
What is the chances that the bridge was unmanned? Close to Zero, unless you think that thousands of Merchant ships habitually sail around the world “on autopilot with only a dog on the bridge”
Sorry to say, but racial prejudice MAY also be behind so many appearing to believe so.
Since this vessel was manned by Filipinos they must be less qualified and less conscientious than say Americans, or West Europeans.
Some members of the media and the general public seams to believe that East Europeans, Chinese and others, are also somehow in this category and behave like a bundle of “cowboys” on the high seas, which can be written down to lack of knowledge I presume. (That there are also a few Mariners that still think so is more worrisome)