Originally Posted by Hoofsmit
But is it a vessel not under command ..... I thought not if you are on board, ....... I think I need to go read some more col regs.Most approaches are outside of port by laws so not sure how anchoring
in general would stand if you felt it was the safest option? Again just asking ?
(f) A vessel at anchor
shall at intervals of not more than one minute ring the bell rapidly for about 5 seconds. In a vessel of 100 meters or more in length the bell shall be sounded in the forepart of the vessel and immediately after the ringing of the bell the gong shall be sounded rapidly for about 5 seconds in the after part of the vessel. A vessel at anchor
may in addition sound three blasts in succession: namely one short, one prolonged and one short blast, to give warning of her position and of the possibility of collision
to an approaching vessel.
The sound signals for anchored vessels in or near restricted visibility are relatively straighforward. All vessels sound their bells, after which larger vessels sound their gongs. Any vessel may also use a whistle signal. The whistle signal can be heard farther away than the bell and should be used when background noise
is high or when another vessel is approaching too rapidly. The whistle signal also gives better indication of your position.
International paragraph (i) and Inland paragraph (h) exempt small vessels from making Rule
35 sound signals, but only on the condition that they give some other signal that can be understood (as coming from a small vessel) and heard early enough to prevent a collision
. Any alternative signal must be repeated every two minutes or less, the same as for the prescribed signals. Note that this exemption dovetails with the Rule
33(b) provision saying that vessels less than twelve meters need not carry sound-signal appliances
meeting the technical specifications of Annex III.
Thanks to the OP for bringing the subject up, it made me check my sound signals, I wonder how many skips actually know all of them ? Or actually use them?