Interesting read from the court. As I've stated in previous post, the ship is most likely a "two compartment ship", so that if 5 compartments were flooding, there was never any hope of saving her. If the damage control reports correctly stated this, and the engine rooms are monitored by video camera as well as in person, as there are usually 12-16 watertight compartments in the engineering spaces, he should have realized immediately, that the only hope was grounding. I will have to search some, to see if I can find the statements of the Chief Engineer, as to why the ship lost power completely. It can happen, and does happen, but with the redundancy aboard cruise ships, I'm a little surprised. However, look at the Carnival ship that lost power for several days off Baja. The video I saw of the crewmember telling the guests to return to their cabins showed all lights on, which would only happen if the main power was on. As all cruise ships are diesel-electric propulsion, if a main generator was on, they should have been able to get at least steerageway on the main motors (or pods), or the thrusters at the very least. They would also have had full emergency bilge pumping cabability. The Chief Engineer, as the head of the technical department, and the Staff Chief Engineer as the "on scene commander" for all emergencies SHOULD have been in the Engine Control Room during a restricted water maneuver like this, and therefore would have been immediately aware of the danger. The Staff Chief can "recommend" abandoning ship to the captain, but the captain is the only one who can legally make that decision. Even if the captain was not on the bridge, he would normally have a pager, push-to-talk phone, or hand-held radio that the bridge watch could have notified him via. Sorry, while the time between striking the reef and the turn is not unreasonable, the guests should have been mustered as soon as there was reports of flooding. Even if they have to stand there several hours with their lifejackets on, at least there is some chance of having accountability for everyone. Very likely, some of the fatalities were from heart attacks caused by fear and stress. Keep the guests at station, and if the crew WERE to be successful and stem the flooding, send the guests back to their cabins with promises of free drinks for the rest of the voyage.