Originally Posted by Factor
Certainly in Qld obliged to do so - if for no other reason that to discharge their General Safety
Obligation pursuant to Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act
How this has worked out for me is that sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. It's sort of like the 110kph speed limit somewhere between Goondiwindi and Lightning
Ridge. Some obey it, some don't.
For me, this is the reality I have experienced over too many years sailing. You have only to read the report on Jessica Watson's collision
with the Chinese ship to understand that ships officers training varies from country to country, so mistakes
Somewhere about midway between Vanuatu
, one year, on a full moon night, with excellent visibility, I was startled about out of my wits by a ship, traveling dark (that is, un-lit) and too close for comfort. Radar would have shown me him, but I didn't have it on because of the good vis. I never, ever, saw a ship traveling unlit before. As we were too close, and he was acting weird (no lights), I turned and got well out of the way.
After he was about a quarter mile astern, claxons went off on board his vessel. I hailed on 16, and (somewhat ridiculously) said who we were (the sailboat astern) and asked if they required assistance. (Not as weird as it sounds, I thought they might be trying to get out attention.) There was no answer. We carried on. And now, I have a story, and a little more experience.
Weird as that one was, we also have a friend who was rammed at night by a vessel who, when asked by our friends to stay around till they checked for leaks
, responded, "You must be mad!" and motored off without another word , leaving our friends with a possibly sinking boat. The rammer didn't want to get caught. When reported at the port of entry, Customs
reported that other people on the route
had had incidents. All kinds of wrong things happen.
My whole point to GILow, and those of you with less sea miles, is to try and trust the rules, but, first, save yourself and your vessel, then sort out the details after, don't just hang in there too long being the Stand On vessel.
How I know this weird stuff is because the latter 30 yrs. or so of my life have been spent at sea and coastal cruising in different countries. So, I've accumulated lots of experiences relative to out of the way places. I do not know about the English
Channel/La Manche from experience, and I shut up and learn about that.
Mostly, coastal shipping
do guard 16. But not all respond when hailed. B]You're better prepared if you have a Plan B.[/B]
Good luck with it; I know it's difficult to trust someone you do not know from a bar of soap!