Simple here for just a moment. Because it could be me. I've seen plenty of maritime and non-maritime incidents that involved well trained, motivated, and qualified people involved. There are times that the primary issue is a gap in knowledge. But there are enough that are not to cause me to take a long look in the mirror after reading one of these newest events.
My personal opinion based on reading over multitudes of maritime collisions and other navigation incidents (you know, like running aground) is that there are a significant number that have fatigue and distraction as a continuing cause. I have no hard data to back up my thoughts, so feel free to disagree.
There are times that the person just does not have the skills, knowledge, or competency as well. However, how many of you have those same two items (fatigue and distraction) at least partially in your mind when talking about a collision between a container ship and destroyer?
It could be procedural faults or point to serious faults at the heart and mindset of an organization as well.
But looking at a mix of the above concerns, why do I want to discuss incidents before all of the investigations are completed, well, back to simple. I read the news and want to know what I can do to make sure it does not happen to me or to any I interact with on a professional level.