The other night I was informed that an enroute supply boat has a mariner with possible appendicitis. ETA 2100 hrs. We are well equipped to evaluate and prepare patients for transport have a Doctor, Paramedic/RN, access to a doctor via video and well equipped hospital. Everyone is alerted and the personnel transfer at night is risk assessed. The beach is notified of “POSSIBLE” medevac flight. The vessel arrives on location and takes him 2 hours and 45 minutes to get into position on the drift off side in fair weather for the personnel transfer.
This got me thinking, what kind of mariners are we breeding? Are we becoming that dependent on DP systems that you can’t manually drive a vessel anymore? Are we making position moves in port to dock a vessel? Are we so brainwashed on proper DP checks that you can’t see outside the box. On my end I really can’t put any pressure on the captain to move it in a little faster for fear of the captain making a mistake due to the pressure of time. I just thought it was ridiculous and needed a good rant.
Navigators really need to be comfortable in manual or DP. When systems fail knowing you have the skills to do it manually will make the difference.
Just FYI the guy was fine and no medevac was required. He was given some Maalox and a warm meal. Stay away from spicy foods.