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Re: Run down by a Tug or Barge
We very often alter course, or put in a short hitch, or slow down to avoid creating an "issue" with commercial traffic.. It seems necessary more often than you'd think. This goes for tugs and tows (we get some HUGE Alaska tows going by), ferries, cruise ships and freighters.
While in most cases we know which way they are going, making an early, obvious move to get out of their way seems prudent. We have, on occasion, attempted to hail a tug but have never had a response..
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".. 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)