Jemplayer. I am the first guest and I have no doubts about your shiphandling skills but your 1st trip in Winter North Atlantic should not be as Captain just like my first trip into Fouchon shouldn’t be behind your wheel. Never being more than one thousand miles offshore doesn’t mean you’re not an awesome captain and it doesn’t mean you should never cross the Atlantic I just hope you try it a few times before you are put in charge of the human lives. You had better believe I’m going to have a good captain watching over me the first time I load a deck “bow up in the current and wind” with seaman’s lives at risk.
Your point about the pilot troubles me. You hire a pilot as a local advisor not to take command of your vessel but I agree there are “a whole lot of captains who should not be called that” and that’s the reason the Cosco Busan ran into the bridge last year.
My concern is these guys get these jobs and when it’s time to do something they have no experience doing like ocean transits or port maneuvers they never opt out. Instead they roll the dice and hope the pilot, weather router, port captain gives them good advice.
So get off your High Horse this isn’t a Blue vs Brown water debate. It’s about people putting other’s lives as risk by doing shit they have never done before because the coast guard’s minimum standards say it’s ok and they are too arrogant and full of pride to admit they need help.