Does the name Andrea Doria ring a bell?
(first of many radar assited collisions) Could this be the latest?
Or where they doing an impression of the Greek Ferry that sank over the summer and all below watching the footy!
Until UK & France agree to take the liablity of runing a mandatory Vessel Traffic Scheme and inforce it you may well still get thing like this.
But can you regulate for people ignoring instructions and turning into overtaking vessels ( if this was the case).
From a deep sea survey point of view some times the only way to the attention of a vessel trying to sail over your sensors is to bounce white flares off the bridge!!!!!!!
Normally gets a responce!!
Not that I'm suggesting we addopt that as a method of getting attention or getting people to answer the VHF in the solent - no matter how tempting it may be!!