When there is a catastrophic plane crash, it often makes the national news because such crashes are relatively rare. However, we rarely hear about catastrophic maritime accidents because, perhaps, they often more regularly. According to one report, over the past 10 years, around 100 big vessels are lost each year. The shipping industry has a “bridge resource management” program, but according to one report, it has not been successful in reducing maritime accidents.
What is the “bridge resource management” program?
Traditionally, captains of ships have absolute authority over their vessel. The power difference between a captain and his or her subordinates makes it difficult for subordinates to question or challenge the captain’s decisions. The “bridge resource management” program was implemented. However, many captains do not necessarily complete bridge resource management training. Moreover, the Coast Guard does not require captains to take bridge management resource refreshers.
Why do some say it failed?
Bridge resource management is seen as some as ineffective for a variety of reasons. Some captains are loath to relinquish power. Moreover, many ships employ sailors from around the world who may not even speak the same language. Finally, many ships are old and do not have updated technology that would allow for bridge resource management more effective.
Learn more about maritime accidents
Bridge resource management was meant to prevent maritime accidents, but according to some it has failed to do so. This post is for educational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Our firm’s webpage on maritime accidents may be of interest to those who want to learn more about this topic.