Originally Posted by simonnud
All I am saying is that just because you have a licence dose not mean you can drive a boat. You talk about your near miss incidents but I bet you have had just as many near miss incidents when driving your car.
This is not narrow minded just my opinion.
I look forward to reading about your near miss which of course you would of reported to the relevant authority's.
Appologies if i was a bit aggresive in my response but you have to appreciate it from the point of view of the people that are well placed to see it all. Ask any ABP Pilot or VTSO about pleasure boaters and they will concur with what i have stated. Speak to the lads that crew the Harbour Master's launches or the skippers of ferries engaged on local routes and they too will agree that a minimim qualification is needed.
Im sorry but there is a real issue out there of the standards dropping.
As for a commercial vessel reporting a near miss with a pleasure boater....
Sorry but that shows how naive people are to the problem.
Who would we report them too anyway the MAIB??, VTS? The HArbour Master
If it only happened once in a blue moon then yeah, we could justify the time and effort to do it and i'm sure the relevent authorities would listen attentively but unfortunately we're way past that now.
If we as a company, along with other commercial operators out there in the UK reported every incident, the MAIB and VTS's around the country would come to a grinding halt...
Welcome to the real world of pleasure boater/commercial shipping interaction.
If you want to read some of our classic near misses then do a search on here, i've posted a few good ones (with pictures) over the last few years. Shouldnt be too difficult to find them.
If it makes everyone feel any better i would say that a higher percentage of problems we experience are caused by WAFI's rather than powerboats/ribs..