A container ship departed Seagirt Marine Terminal in Baltimore, Maryland en route to Norfolk, Virginia with a Pilot onboard. At approximately 1950 hrs, the 3rd Officer took over the watch, he was accompanied by the Deck Cadet. The Master had left the bridge to have dinner. The bridge team comprised of Pilot, 3/O, Deck Cadet, and an AB who was at the helm.
At 2017 hrs. the ship passed a charted waypoint where a course alteration was required from 161 degrees to 180 degrees. The pilot was seen drafting an e-mail at that time. The OOW did not remind the pilot about the missed alteration due to the fear of interrupting him. No order was given to alter the course and the helmsman maintained the previously ordered course of 161 degrees. At 2018, the ship grounded outside the Craighill channel, east of Lighted buoy 16.
- Damage to property
- Possible pollution
- Loss of reputation of the company