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Coast Guard: Captain dozed off before tour boat hit pier

Dec 19, 2016 10:27 AM

Two passengers on Spirit of Baltimore were hospitalized; the captain was fired

Courtesy The Baltimore Sun

(BALTIMORE) — The captain of a tour boat had dozed off on the bridge when his vessel veered off course and struck a pier in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, The Baltimore Sun reported. About 400 passengers were aboard the 119-foot Spirit of Baltimore on a midnight party cruise on Aug. 28 when the incident occurred. Two passengers were hospitalized after the vessel struck the pier and two moored recreational boats at Henderson's Wharf Marina in Fells Point. The general manager of Entertainment Cruises said the captain, whose name was not released, was immediately suspended and fired within 24 hours.

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Dec 22, 2016 04:43 pm
 Posted by  ZAPPY

This has been the plague of our brownwater fleet for ages:
personnel reliability.

Hire losers, train them poorly, supervise them badly, monitor them inadequately, reward/punish insufficiently for performance, pretend all is well. How's that working so far?

You see nothing like this brownwater disaster rate in our bluewater merchant and naval fleets. Wonder why?

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