Dunno if there is a special school where seamen are trained in the ignominious art of losing their way while captaining big ships and bringing their maritime careers to an abrupt end.
But Alf is bemused by events the led to Rena and Concordia running on to rocks in different parts of the world.
Interest in this country is strongly focused on the container ship Rena which ran on to the Astrolabe Reef, in the Bay of Plenty, at 2.14am on 5 October 2011.
This focus is largely explained by the huge environmental mischief caused by that event.
Today, Alf has been studying the interim report from the Transport Accident Investigation Commission on its independent inquiry into the grounding.