Ok, WAFI’s on the forum;
Mariners need to have a wide range of skills but we are mostly generalist. For many of the skills we have and use, there are non-mariners who are specialist in that area. For example meterology. But these shore-side specialist have a limited insight into the situation faced by mariners. In other words they are limited because they don’t go to sea. Don’t understand the context.
Now it seems like most WAFIs are FI. But the ones who do have expertise in some area that is under disscussion might have at least some context, at least more then the same person without the sailiing experience,