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Last spring we were bringing BR north from the Caribbean. We stopped one night at Sandy Hook, NJ so we’d be prepared for an early morning departure through NY harbor to the East River and LI Sound. We awoke to dense fog, but needing to make the tide in the River we left at slow speed, radar and AIS working well.

We were passed several times by ferries doing over 30 kts. The visability was under 50 yards. How these guys can do it and keep their licenses is beyond me. It’s an accident waiting to happen.
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Last spring we were bringing BR north from the Caribbean. We stopped one night at Sandy Hook, NJ so we’d be prepared for an early morning departure through NY harbor to the East River and LI Sound. We awoke to dense fog, but needing to make the tide in the River we left at slow speed, radar and AIS working well.

We were passed several times by ferries doing over 30 kts. The visability was under 50 yards. How these guys can do it and keep their licenses is beyond me. It’s an accident waiting to happen.
+1. Have watched those fast ferries going out of Atlantic Highlands a number of times, wondering, as you, how they manage to avoid crashing into someone. Radar is simply NOT SURE ENOUGH to be going 30 knots in the fog, not to mention the problems of inattentive, maybe not feeling up to par, fallible people at the helm. I find it amazing that the CG has not slowed them down. They provide a needed service. The availability of good, reasonably priced high speed ferries is a great thing and I have used them but common sense has to have priority over schedules when the fog closes in.
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This reminds me of the BC Ferry, Queen of the North when it was run aground due to inattention on the bridge.
The two people, a male and a female who were in charge and on the bridge were, "engaged in other activities".
They hid behind there union and were never held accountable.
Two people died.
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