How hard is it to take care of our sailors; the people we’re short on and the people we need to move goods around the world in peace and war, project force, and maintain navigable waters?
Get people home on time. If you can’t get them home on time, keep them informed as much as possible so they have an idea of when they’ll get home and provide them adequate compensation for stealing their time.
Implement a sensible beard policy. Navies and commercial shipping all over the world allow beards. The threat of fighting a fire aboard a ship is not exclusive to the US Navy. Narrow the requirement to the billets assigned to hose teams. If every single person is required to be ready to fight a fire at all times then the drunks and physically unfit need to go with the beards.
Get rid of the incompetent and egotistical upper management. There are department heads who have absolutely no business being department heads. Implement subordinate evals to go along with supervisor evaluations.
Provide better training, maybe even take a ship going into decom and turn it into a training ship. There are too many people out there filling a billet without even the basic knowledge required for that billet.
MSC could be a great employer, but it squanders its potential with many different issues. A stressed workforce will never be a safe and efficient workforce, just look at the rise in incidents and deaths these past few years.