News reports indicate RENA had a crew of about 25. RENA was built in 1990 whereas EMMA MAERSK was built in 2006, and benefits from technology not available at the time of RENA's construction. But that still begs the question: was a crew of 25 appropriate for RENA, given its age and technology? Is 13 an adequate crew for EMMA MAERSK, given its technology? I don't know the answer, except there must be some absolute minimum number that is necessary to safely operate and maintain a large, modern merchant vessel. And a crew of 13 must be at or very near (or even below) that minimum.
Here's a striking photograph of RENA in her current situation: http://gcaptain.com/rena-update-substantial-structural?32463.
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