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Re: Was the freighter messing with me, or did I mess up?
We deal with crossing traffic in the form of fast moving ferries (22-24 knots), bulk carriers and slow, big tows. It's always a bit nerve wracking.
This past summer we were on a steady bearing with a tug towing three barges.. a pretty long deviation for us if we had to 'duck' him. I attempted the call on the traffic channel and, as usual, got no response. However this time Victoria Traffic called me back and asked where we were.. and then informed me of the name of the tug. She then called the tug herself, got an immediate response, after which we communicated directly with the tug. He watched us for a while and called back to say that we'd probably be ahead, and if not he'd bear off the take out stern.
It was a great relief, and a happy moment.. I've never been able to successfully get that kind of give and take with these guys before.. from now on I'll call traffic directly.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)