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