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Join Date: Sep 2005
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We routinely have to cross a couple of major shipping channels coming and going from Vancouver BC.. container ships, bulk carriers, tankers transit inbound and outbound regularly at at surprising speed most days.
We know folks who have 'stalled' while crossing (engine trouble, no breeze) and they did call the ship, and in another case put out a "pan pan" and the ship was able to deviate around them. So it's important to keep the information channels open too.
Sometimes I feel like a swivel neck keeping an eye out for potential conflicts during the half hour or so it takes to cross these lanes an right angles..
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)