While I agree and concur with the principle you are talking about, typically with airliners "run aground" hundreds of people die...When a containership runs aground, typically there are no fatalities. This is not meant, in anyway, to excuse the exceedingly poor seamanship the pilot exhibited, and he should loose he license and qualification to pilot...at least for some period of time.The investigation also found that the pilot only used one piece of equipment — his Portable Pilot Unit — to navigate the vessel and did not use any of the ships charts or equipment or navigational buoys that marked the channel’s southern turn. The report said that if the pilot had used “all available means to determine the ship’s location, the grounding likely would not have occurred.”
Thanks for posting this and the results came out before the NTSB would've put them up. Not at all surprised by the findings regarding the pilot being totally inattentive.
Everybody in this area is aware of the numerous buoys leading into the turn and counting down the numbers, the straight line of buoys going off to the right from the turn in front of you are super conspicuous, and the shoreline features are both identifiable and fairly close. For anybody who has been near the Craigshill turn even just few times, missing it is inconceivable.
Us locals know to stay the heck out of the way when the big ships come through there because they do it faster than our little boats can top out in speed, and they take a lot of space doing so. Put a sailboat even near the channel markers of the turn and the ships lay on the horn.
In aviation, we have what's called the 10,000 foot rule for landing, aka "silent cockpit." It used to be that all the way to the ground airline pilots would joke, talk about union stuff, home life, plans, the hot stewardess in back, etc. The NTSB found poor cockpit management in a number of accidents and recommended the FAA pass the rule. Since then once below 10,000 feet, commercial pilots are not allowed to discuss anything other than the landing approach. Cockpit voice recorders are occasionally pulled for audits (FAA required flight operations quality assurance program, or FOQA) and being heard violating the rule can result in a written reprimand.
There are Coast Guard rules about critical phases of operation, but they are paper tigers since there's no follow up similar to FOQA.
(fwiw - My avatar is from being a retired NTSB aviation accident investigator and the name of my boat is Airworthy.)