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Viewpoint: The master’s mistake

A ship and its master are never free of harassment by people ashore, from terminal staff to charterers and clerks, who feel able to liberally criticise a captain’s actions and take them down a peg or two. The Royal Navy’s Commodore Nick Cooke-Priest has recently fallen foul of such scrutiny after being sacked as captain of aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth

The age of digitisation and instant communication is only likely to increase the pressure on ships’ captains

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