Originally Posted by bmz
vessels are constrained by their lack of maneuverability and are therefore always the stand on vessel, even in blue water
Such a stunning misunderstanding of the Colregs, shipping
etc repeated over and over in this thread is, to me, mindblowing. I can't tell if its actually serious or taking the piss.
As for large vessels using AIS
and manoeuvring. I call BS.
I watched 4 of them clearly alter course to avoid me / increase CPA on passing, in in the last 2 days on our passage
from Rhodes to Cyprus
(running DDW). Sure as heck they did it based on my transmission
Class B, and they adjusted at 10-15 miles out. (I had them on AIS at 20-25 miles). Tankers & Cargo ships.
Even crossing from Marmaris to Rhodes, the merchant ships in the channel manuvered according to the ColRegs.
AIS, one of the best recent addition to saftey at sea. EVERYTHING on the water
should have one, and be transmitting it if it were up to me.
Does it negate all the other ways, no, is it an AID, and a valuable one, hell yes.
PS: I subscribe to the rule-of-tonnage in that I'll generally try and not be in their way at all if I can be out of the main shipping route
. But that is not always practical.
The biggest hazard here are the fishermen, who seem to obey NO rules at all, of any kind.