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Re: Run down by a Tug or Barge
Lets not forget Colregs # 9 and 18.
In Rule 9 a vessel proceeding along the course of a narrow channel or fairway is obliged to keep "as near to the outer limit of the channel or fairway which lies on her starboard side as is safe and practicable." The same Rule obliges a vessel of less than 20 metres in length or a sailing vessel not to impede the passage of a vessel "which can safely navigate only within a narrow channel or fairway."
The Rule also forbids ships to cross a narrow channel or fairway "if such crossing impedes the passage of a vessel which can safely navigate only within such channel or fairway." The meaning "not to impede" was classified by an amendment to Rule 8 in 1987. A new paragraph (f) was added, stressing that a vessel which was required not to impede the passage of another vessel should take early action to allow sufficient sea room for the safe passage of the other vessel. Such vessel was obliged to fulfil this obligation also when taking avoiding action in accordance with the steering and sailing rules when risk of collision exists.
Rule 18: "The Pecking Order"
Not Under Command
Restricted Ability to Maneovre (often, but not always, displayed when tugs are pushing or towing)
Constrained By Draft (International Only)
Fish (Commercial Only)
There isn't a device on this world that can measure the indifference I have for that statement.
Last edited by Yamsailor; 01-29-2013 at 01:16 PM.