Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
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Let me giver my perspective.
When I am out at night I contact the appropriate vessel traffic channel to determine what traffic we may encounter. They then know that I am out there too. I am able to watch for oncoming and overtaking traffic.
I do not want to mess with the commercial or fishing guys. So I contact them on the radio, usually the VTS channel. We discuss who is doing what, when. I will usually head over the the other part of the channel.
We monitor the radar (hopefully with MARPA) watching for the CPA.
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