and don’t forget it! Yeah, I’m cynical. STCW; Bridge watch alarms; BST; USCG medical certificates; group-think; endless inspections; radar recert using rapid radar plotting in the age of ARPA/ECDIS; ship security officer; no self-protection weapons on ships in pirate waters;
waste-management inspections in every port; port state inspections after COI inspection in previous port; STCW leadership skills. Glad I’m retired.
Don’t get me wrong, having knowledgable and competent mariners is good. Having "inclusion & diversity?? Not so much. I use to ask this question aboard ship: "What is the benefit, in and of itself, of diversity & inclusion? How does that enhance maritime skills? I never got a satisfactory answer.
Leave the social experiments on the dock. Just have competent mariners-who know how to swing a wrench, or tie a knot!! (and all the other obvious skill-sets needed)