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Old 27-06-2015, 08:13   #1
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How not to overtake a vessel in a narrow channel

Watch: Captain Shows How Not to Overtake Another Vessel in a Narrow Channel - gCaptain

I thought that this might be interesting to watch.
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Old 27-06-2015, 15:34   #2
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Re: How not to overtake a vessel in a narrow channel

Looks like he got sucked in and stuck.
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Re: How not to overtake a vessel in a narrow channel

Here is another video from gCaptain.
Hilarious Anti-Drinking While Boating PSA is a Home Run - gCaptain
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Re: How not to overtake a vessel in a narrow channel

That is precisely what happened.
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Re: How not to overtake a vessel in a narrow channel

I think the larger ship was using a tractor beam. Hard to prove in court though

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Old 29-06-2015, 11:53   #6
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Re: How not to overtake a vessel in a narrow channel

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Looked like the larger "stand-on" vessel pinched the dumb a** "give-way" vessel up and into the shoreline. The color coordinated two leads one to wonder if they might be "company traffic" of a similar owner.
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Old 29-06-2015, 12:31   #7
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Tow boat captain wanna-be who failed tests in navigation and maintaining control over vessel?
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Old 29-06-2015, 12:39   #8
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Re: How not to overtake a vessel in a narrow channel

Didn't anticipate canal effects and pressure/suction zones. Hit the stern pressure zone, then smelled the bank (cushion effect), put his nose back into the larger vsl's suction zone.
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Re: How not to overtake a vessel in a narrow channel

He he he. Clearly didn't learn how to drive boats on the Welland Canal.

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Is just russian "Hello" ram. No problem.
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Re: How not to overtake a vessel in a narrow channel

I know that feeling: A few years ago we were transiting the Corinth Canal in Greece - 70' wide with 200'+ canal walls - in a 27' yacht, when a tug-boat that'd arrived late, got irritated at our inability to do barely more than the 5 knot minimum speed; he 'bounced' us on his bow wave four or five times and when this finally slewed us toward the side, he muscled past and roared away; there was deal of shouting (In Greek) coming over the VHF radio throughout the incident too - from two transmitting stations?

We reached the canal office's dock at the eastern end about a 45 minutes later, suffering nothing more than a couple of scratches to the hull, a gouge in the keel and some soiled underwear. When I went ashore to pay our transit fees there, I was surprised to meet the tug's Captain on the dock - I thought he'd be long gone by then? - who gave me a heap of abuse (I assume? It was all Greek to me) and looked like getting physically violent too, until one of the canal officials intervened and sent him on his way; what had I done wrong?

Inside the office whilst paying our fees, the officer there spoke fluent English, so I enquired as to what, if anything I'd done wrong, why was he p1ssed at me? His response was "Not your fault, he's just having a very bad morning." He went on to explain that the tug had paid to make a transit from east to west to pick-up a contracted tow there, but because he was an hour late in arriving, that ship had given the job to a competitor. This meant he now had to pay for another 'empty' transit back to pick-up his next contracted tow at the east end. He was then frustrated that our slow progress might making him late for that job too, so he'd overtaken us.

When I assured the officer that we'd definitely been keeping above the 5kt minimum speed he said: "I know, we were tracking you on the CCTV system and have recorded the whole incident; if he'd stayed behind you as we repeatedly instructed him to over the radio, he would have picked-up his tow with plenty of time for the next westward convoy. But now, he has lost that tow too, because we called him into the office here to reprimand him for his behaviour. It is illegal in the canal to encroach on vessels ahead of you, he didn't drop back when we radioed him, for this the fine is 1000, when he then overtook you, that was more illegal and the fine will be 6000; he must pay these before the end of the month, or is banned from the canal.

I never discovered whether the guy had to pay both fines, or just the second/larger one, but the Officer was right, it'd turned into a bad morning for that skipper.
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