I recently read this article. All I could think of is, “you get what you pay for.” In my opinion, incidents like this are the result of nations like the UK allowing foreign vessels to operate in their waters. By selling out their Mariners to the lowest bidder, they’ve sacrificed the skill, competence, and professionalism required to complete operations safely. This creates an unacceptably high risk to crew safety and the environment. It is a race to the bottom for costs, but also for talent, safety, working conditions, wages, benefits, competence, etc.
Of course maybe I’m reading the situation wrong. As an American, I’m not super familiar with the state of the workboat industry in Northern Europe. What are you’re all’s thoughts.