Let’s do the “Fox News, Fair & Balanced”.
You neglected to include the following from the same source- THE NTSB report.
"Performance. The captain’s most recent performance evaluation was partially completed (“draft”) on October 2, 2014. The port engineer scored the captain’s performance as excellent in all categories except one (cooperation with technical manager), which he left blank. He commented that the captain “handles all aspects of the master’s position with professionalism” and “handles a diversified and unpredictable crew quite well… . .It was provided by TOTE management on request and was said to have been left out of the file inadvertently.”
"The captain’s personnel file contained no documented issues and no evidence indicating that he lacked a set of skills or abilities that would bring his competency as a captain into question. However, the director of ship management and the crewing manager both expressed concern about his performance. In a May 2015 email, the crewing manager expressed “dwindling confidence” in the captain. She told the marine board she felt there were “better candidates available for the Marlins” (the company’s new ships, the Isla Bella and the Perla del Caribe). She added that her dealings with the captain were “regarding crewing, and so I would not have judged his suitability as a master.”
“The director of ship management, in a July 2015 email to the company’s vice president of marine operations, stated, “He’s stateroom Captain, I’m not sure he knows what a deck looks like period. Least engaged of all four Captains in the deck operation.” The director explained to the marine board that the captain “had a different style than I prefer as a Ship Manager. But he was a very effective captain.” No letters of warning or reprimand were found in the captain’s personnel file.”
- The crewing manager admits her dealings with the master was CREWING issues, not his suitability as master.
- The director of ship management said, “He was a VERY EFFECTIVE captain” (emphasis added)
And as far as a disciplinary letter for disharmony? That’s a pretty weak infraction. Heck, I think I got a disciplinary letter for breaking wind on the bridge. Something about creating a “hostile work environment”. That’s when I knew they were looking to hire my replacement; one from the "good-ole-boy academy.