It is along the lines of CG building new patrol boats, but limiting the horsepower for certification of the engineers.
Now if you are going to spend all that money on the new ship, why are you quibbling about the manpower to run it.
Really in the scheme of things-over a 20 year lifespan of a ship, what is 2-3 positions worth?
Let's be mid range and assume 70k Cdn/person.
3 positions is about 210k/year.
Over 20 years 4,200 k.
Now at a generous $8/day food cost, less if you plan to feed rice, more if you serve wine on Christmas Day (1 glass mind you), over 20 years a cost of $175.2 k
Costs of about 4,375.2 K
Throw in a 15% error on my assumptions and we have the grand total of
So around about 5 million over the 20 year lifespan of a ship to pay and feed 3 crew members.
The cost of an accident?
5 million would be the low end. But hey, insurance will cover that.
Rise the salary for 3 people to $120 k and you are looking around $8.5 million over 20 years.
Anyone can grind numbers, but what it comes down to, is how much risk is a company willing to take.
After all, when there is an accident, is the company held accountable for their manning levels?
Not likely. It is the Captain and Chief Engineer held accountable, even though they have not been given the means to do the work in a reasonable fashion.