Retired MMA Professor James Murphy said in an editorial in The Bourne Enterprise that the El Faro’s sinking was the result of many mistakes, in fact it is an example of how Murphy’s law works…
However, somewhat further he makes a statement which is in my opinion quite shocking as he literary is saying that MMA and I suppose also the other Marine Academies, fall short on teaching essential fundamentals like damaged stability, hurricane navigation, meteorological education in general and constant situational awareness of all things. “The maritime industry has to do a better job”, as he puts is. Evidently they are not doing a good job at the moment. Room for improvement to say the least…
If this really is the case, which is somewhat hard to believe, I suggest that in future the Academies spend less time on sports and more on proper education of maritime fundamentals which can save lives. Unbelievable. MMA even prides themselves to be recognized as the global leader in providing the highest quality engineering, management, science and transportation education and now this.
"We can take what we know about what happened and adapt our training, our teaching,” he said.
For one thing, he said the maritime industry has to do a better job with teaching how a damaged hull affects a ship’s stability in rough seas—what he called damaged stability.
“When you get flooding—a hull breach—what happens then? How will the ship react? We don’t do a good enough job with that.”
He said the industry needs to also boost its efforts on meteorological education.
“We need to do more with how hurricanes form; how they act; how they move; and how we should maneuver,” he said.
He said extra emphasis must be placed on the importance of constant situational awareness.