Novice navigator guided Alaska cruise ship that ran aground

The National Transportation Safety Board said a 22-year-old novice navigator, fresh out of California Maritime Academy, was on watch when the Empress of the North ran aground off in May 2007. The NTSB said the inexperienced seaman, who was unfamiliar with the Alaska coastline, should not have been put on watch at night on the unfamiliar vessel in pilotage waters. The Associated Press reported that another navigator was ill that night.
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By Professional Mariner Staff