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...]

COLREGs – Give Way or Stand On

by Captain Grant H Livingstone Part Two out of Three Part articles on COLREGS.  Are some professional mariners unintentionally violating COLREGS in a conscientious effort to avoid close quarters situations with small boats?  A review a few of the most common violations professional mariners are being found at fault for or debate in inland waters with small boats … [Read more...]

Literally Speaking, Arctic Shiphandling is Completely Backwards

The idea was actually born in the in the ice-strewn reaches of the Great Lakes during the late 19th century when the car ferry ‘St. Ignace' was built with bow propellers to enable it to move more effectively through ice-covered waters.  With the advent of modern podded propulsion units, or azimuthing thrusters, ships have now been developed to operate effectively both in … [Read more...]