In living memory, the airline sector evolved from a situation similar to that in place today in ports and shipping, into a far more regulated and controlled system. There are differences between the sectors: most pilots were ex-military and therefore more used to being controlled; and there was no heavily entrenched historical view on what the airline pilot’s role and responsibilities should be.
If the collision rate in shipping was transposed to the airline sector there would be a major air-to-air collision every week.
As so often in the port and shipping sector, do we have to wait for a disaster before something changes? Why can we not make the supreme effort and improve marine safety by handing over a level of control from Masters to port control? The cause is worthy to improve safety in heavily congested waters.