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Space Invaders

June 16, 2010

Good evening, Sir. Yes Sir. 350,000 tonnes! That'll do nicely Sir!We stumbled across this brute on HOEOCA’s Spring Rally two weeks ago, she weighed in a 350,000 tonnes and was tickling along at 17 clicks per hour. According to our AIS (Automatic Indentification System) our closest point of approach (CPA) would have been 300 metres. In theory, a vessel under power gives way to a sailing vessel. In practice, you don’t normally mix it with anything over 50 metres! Unwritten rule says keep clear of commercial vessels and let them ply their trade. We did!

Take a look at this link to see how many vessels with AIS (Automatic Identification System) are in English Channel right now! Click on any link to find out more about the vessel. Amazing! It beats Space Invaders.

Even the owl and the pussy cat know these rules (vessel, less than 50 metres, under power by the way)… International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS).

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