Originally Posted by donutsina911
"big ship get out of the way" isnt the advice I would give - follow the rules of the road and no grey funnel liner will get pissed off, if you abide by colregs, you'll be doing exactly what the OOW is expecting and things will be cool and the gang. Deviate and that's when issues arise. Whilst commercial ships might like a mile around them, ask any HM ship entering pompey if they've ever had half of that...big commercial in and out of soton is a different matter....
The trouble with being an OOW is that you honestly can't rely on other people doing the right thing when you are on a ship.. people get curious of grey ships and come and visit us... but passing a cable down our ship's side whilst we are in a narrow channel to have a look isn't the nicest thing you can do to us.
To be honest I guess most people on this site will have some idea of the Colregs, the people that scare me the most are gin palace owners and day yachties who meander down the channel not knowing what they are doing...
As an OOW I expect other people to act in accordance with the rules.. I also know that a 2 day level 2 powerboat course doesn't teach the rules to a deep enough knowledge.
Also my previous statement said that big ships like a mile around them in open sea.. in coastal waters you hope for 3 or 4 cables.. that said our ship radars are reliable to +/- 2 cables.. before you add in the effect of weather..
I also work on Grey funnel ships and go out of Pompey aswell as Southampton. SO my humble advice is big ship keep clear(In coastal waters)!! Act within in the colregs if you know them if you don't go get a copy now..
Incidentally a 4000 tonne Destroyer or frigate is not a big ship.. Ours start at 7000 tonnes.. up to 50,000 tonnes.. a UK aircraft carrier only weighs 27,000...