Originally Posted by ccriders
DavidPM & Jackdale,
Obviously one can get into deep legal arguments about this subject and being that we are not judges, cannot resolve here. I said to use a sea anchor so that the single hander will not run into something. Lights and shapes are the only means of communicating a vessel not under command, which it would not be if the single hander is not/cannot be on deck maintaining a watch.
What other options do you suggest?
CC - There are no lights or shapes to indicate that no watch is being mainatined on a vessel. It is not NUC.
You are legally still under way.
The word "underway" means that a vessel is not at anchor, or made fast to the shore, or aground.
You are not "anchored" as in afixed to the bottom. If you were you, would show an all round white.
Further to inappropriate use of NUC lights and shapes:
Seafarers are reminded that NUC signals
should only be used by “vessels not under
command”. As defined in Rule 3(f) of the
International Regulations for Preventing
Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) 1972 (as amended)
a “vessel not under command” is unable to
manoeuvre in accordance with the Rules
through some exceptional circumstance and is
unable to keep out of the way of other vessels.
2. Unfortunately, there appears to be an
increasing use of NUC signals by vessels in
circumstances which cannot reasonably be
defined as exceptional. For example, vessels
have been reported using NUC signals while
drifting off ports and terminals awaiting
orders. In some cases, vessels erroneously or
falsely display NUC signals when their main
engines or ancillary machinery are shut down
for reasons other than breakdown or necessary
maintenance. Such vessels must adhere to their
collision avoidance responsibilities as powerdriven
vessels underway (Rule 18 of the
3. A vessel which is underway and stopped
(unless, of course, a “vessel not under
command”) must not use the NUC signal but
show the appropriate lights and shapes as
prescribed in Rules 23, 24, 25 and 26 of the
COLREGS and must take action to avoid
collision as required.
I would suggest maintaining a watch and not being a hazard to shipping.
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