Joe O’Keefe of Maritime Executive magazine reviews the impact of criminal charges recently laid against the pilot of the Cosco Busan. It could be the end of an era that has long passed it’s use by date.
“I don’t know who made the decision to move the Cosco Busan (or why) on that fateful day. Perhaps we’ll never know. What I do know is that last week’s announcement by the Department of Justice changes the rules of the game forever. And, the Coast Guard is very soon going to have to change the answer to a certain multiple choice question on the Rules of the Road Exam, which asks, “What is the role of the pilot on the bridge of a large cargo vessel?” Hint: the answer is no longer “c.” ”