Five (Or More) Short Blasts – On Sounding The Danger Signal

This is PART 3 of a series about the COLREGs. Scroll down for links to Part 1 & 2  by Captain  Grant H. Livingstone The Grand Daddy of COLREGs debate and interpretation among professional mariners may be Rule 34; traditionally called the ‘Danger Signal’ five short blasts on the ships whistle.  I have sailed with professional mariners that would … [Read more...]

MPA: Human Error and Poor Judgement Caused String of Singapore Ship Collisions

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has concluded its investigations into a three separate collisions involving commercial vessels in and around Singapore that occurred over a two week period earlier this year, finding that human error and poor judgement were the main cause of all three. Following the three collision incidents, each of which resulted in oil … [Read more...]

Chinese Military Ship Confronts U.S. Cruiser as Tensions Rise

Dec. 13 (Bloomberg) -- A U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser had a confrontation with a Chinese militaryship on Dec. 5 in the South China Sea, underscoring rising tensions in the region in the wake of China’s newly declared air-defense zone. The USS Cowpens, operating in international waters, and a Chinese naval vessel “had an encounter that required maneuvering to … [Read more...]

AIS Conversation Continued – SHIP VS BOAT

Earlier this week I received a request from our friend Ben Ellison at Panbo to poll our readers on the use of AIS. He was especially concerned with the upcoming release of AIS-B, vessel tracking system for boaters, and how the watch officers of large ships expected to process the increasingly large amounts of data on their radar screens. You can read that post HERE. While … [Read more...]