That's understandable. They've been thru a trial. They will give their stories eventually.
Social media like Facebook and Twitter give people license to be a-holes and I can't hold it against any one of the crew to keep mum for right now. Who needs that bs.
The truth will, I hope, come out soon though.
I, like many of you, have dealt with shipboard catastrophe and the immediate reactions are a real study in human nature.
Plus the lawyers may have made some influential comments, if you know what I mean. So while we all yearn for the answers right now, we need to keep those things in mind.
Speaking of calamity and lawyers. This is how these suits can get under your skin.
One of the ships I was responsible for as a port engineer had a major fire in a US dry dock. The steering flat was all but destroyed. In that flat were electrical panels that were all hand built and had to be recreated from scratch. Cables and transformers were destroyed. Steel was warped and distorted. Consumables were destroyed. Soot was everywhere and it was a mess. The ship reeked for a long time thereafter. The stink was in my pores and hair and clothes and up my nose. It just sucked.
One Engineer was on watch that night. He sounded the alarm and tried to fight the fire. The shipyard firemain had no pressure at the manifold. He used portable CO2 way past the incipient stage while frantic to get help. It was around 3 AM.
We were screwed. The Engineers saved the day until the local FD took over. Fortunately most were asleep on board and woke when the duty engineer alerted them. The FD did work hard and I credit them with saving the ship (more later) but their lack of shipboard fire fighting experience ruined a lot of electrical shit Including the elevator. I don't want to tell you what came of that other than my exhausted electrician quit. Can't blame him either.
The immediate aftermath was hell on earth. The f-ing lawyers sent their surveyors and we all had to pussyfoot around them while dealing with the Arson Squad, Fire Dept and ATF. Did I mention that nobody from my home office showed up for TWO WEEKS? How hard is it to fly a 600 mile domestic US leg? Two weeks they waited. Yes you read that right. Imagine the Governor of a state destroyed by hurricane and all that fool asks for are photos. I took photos and they (my op co) complained that they were "too dark" and I had to explain to them, hey genius, the lights in here melted and everything is black with soot. Fire. Hello? What part of "the ship burned and we could use your support" don't you get? Man I'm still bitter over
So we drank a big ole mug of STFU. Not to hide anything. There was nothing to hide on OUR end. But the company, the P&I Club, Class, the CG, the Arson Squad, the shipyard (which was the guilty party), the ATF (yes), were all looking for a target.
For shipyard negligence. Lack of a fire watch.
Notably absent was OSHA and I unloaded on one of their guys at a safety conference a month later.
So f yeah, I can understand why these people might be a little hesitant to talk just now. We had only minor injuries. They had injuries and fatalities.
I'm in Charleston posting this from my phone. I've had a cup or three of wine. Hey, hug your kids, spouse, the bosun, the dog, the cat, whoever and have a happy Halloween.
“The hours we spent on the Caine were hours of glory. They are all over. We’ll scatter into the trains and busses now and most of us will go home. But we will remember the Caine, the old ship in which we helped to win the war. Caine duty is the kind of duty that counts. The high-powered stuff just sets the date and place of the victory won by the Caines."