Here we are on a bridge simulator – with a team of actors playing the roles of the unfortunate officers in a soon-to-be-aground ship. Our film is for The Britannia P & I (Protection and Indemnity) Club. P & I Clubs perform a vital role in shipping – enabling owners to pool insurance premiums to create a “mutual” and so cover risks not normally catered for by mainstream insurers. So it’s very much in everyone’s interest to try to educate Members of potential problems – like in this case failing to use their ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Information System – in the right way. The talented team of thesps from Britannia acted out their roles superbly – all being experienced seafarers themselves. One unfilled role: lookout – that’s me! I spot the problem – but lacking confidence in myself, fail to report it… Lesson No. 1: Always speak up!