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This looks like a case of gross negligence or incompetence. One needs to study the charts and when navigating channels make certain you are following them and in safe water. Will they get another boat? Has he learned a lesson? He's not the sort of person you want running a boat because he is not only a danger to himself and his crew but other sailors.
 

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YIKES.... insane to try to navigate in such narrow channels with commercial traffic like this. Probably full of coal or some dirty fuel
 

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Been there, done that. Shipping traffic has to be dealt with the same as weather... not a damn thing you can do about it and it can force you into a bad spot. I watch the AIS, radar and keep the Mark I eyeballs scanning to try to predict and react in a timely manner.

Also, just curiosity... but what does it matter what they were carrying? How does that impact this situation at all?
Not one bit that's how. A ship is a ship irregardless of cargo, and they cannot turn or stop in any reasonable amount of time... smaller boats can.
doesn't make a difference... just bitching
 
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