Master checked the position and advised the pilot
that the vessel was dangerously close to shore
and that a change of course to 170/180 was necessary to clear the shoal.
The Pilot did not agree with the Master's assessment of the situation
and indicated the echo sounder which was recording a depth of seven meters
to confirm his opinion.
The seven meters must be a typo.
A loaded 54,000 tonner needs more than that.
The course was altered to starboard but only to 149.
At 1000 LT the ship grounded.
Failure of pilot to appreciate the vessel was East of the approach course.
Failure of pilot to take the necessary action
as allegedly requested by the Master and his own assitant pilot
to alter course to 170/180 as the situation demanded.
Some blame will attach to the Master for failure to override
the Pilot's courses.
In strong mitigation of this conclusion,
it is appreciated that the Master was faced with a very difficult
and sensitive situation.
His vessel had the services of two experienced pilots
and four harbor tugs werein attendance and made fast.
There were no communication difficulties
as all concerned were Portuguese.