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Old 30 May 2006, 15:02   #11
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I doubt whether they have any legal right to assault anybody - what power is there for somebody to self-declare a total exclusion zone round a civilian ship?! Airports and quaysides are different because it is privately owned property but the vessel owners don't own the wet bit, last time I looked it was Ma'am's.

I have been fairly close to large cruise ships here (~200m or so) with no objections, and closer than that to the Royal Navy vessels that tootle past on the odd occasions, nobody gets stroppy unless you do something stupid and I always stay well out of the way of the cruise ship tenders full of passengers.

I wouldn't go thundering towards the ship with a turban on my head, and I wouldn't make it look like I was trying to get aboard them, but if somebody had a go at me with a water cannon just for going to take a look I'd be right royally p***ed off.

Even if they did wish (or were allowed) to discourage people from approaching they should first challenge the vessel approaching with a loud hailer or something, at most a warning shot with a water cannon, and the only circumstances they could possibly justify taking direct action would be if somebody ignored this and was clearly trying to get close to the ship and I'm not even sure if it would be legal then.

Unless we all want to behave like the Israelis....
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Old 30 May 2006, 15:23   #12
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agree with all, maybe they shouldn't have been that near, but it is an accident waiting to happen, (could have been a kid on board) unless better procedures are in place, so sue them with one of these no win no fee jobs

on the flip side, is that opening the doors for tighter controls to be put in place, and once the ball is rolling......just ask someone who lives in the country, or who used to own a gun, and lets not debate if blood sports are right or wrong... its just once somthing is in the public eye....
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Old 30 May 2006, 18:20   #13
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Maybe they just thought your RIB needed a clean. Where is the QM2 at the moment 'cos there's some mud on my tubes I cant' shift.
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When the QM2 was up in the Forth last year we got really quite close admittedly in a yacht and no one did anything but wave back?

Mind you terrorists have not to date used 30odd foot yachts as a means of attack
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I wonder if she also has one of these Sonic gun
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When the QM2 was up in the Forth last year we got really quite close admittedly in a yacht and no one did anything but wave back?

Mind you terrorists have not to date used 30odd foot yachts as a means of attack
Haven't used RIBs either!!!
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Haven't used RIBs either!!!

Errm they have used small boats (and a RIB is generally a small boat n'est pas?) viz the attack on the USS Cole in Aden. So approaching a large, relatively undefended target with a small, fast boat is likely to provoke a reaction. OP was lucky it wasnt the US Navy as the response would most likely be a .50cal one rather that water!

But being as it was Southampton and Britain, I've expected a loud 'bugger off' via loudhailer first. In more isolated parts of the world such as where I am now, you can sail 5m past the anchored QE2's stern & exchange pleasantries with the guys fishing (illegally) off the stern with no problems!
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In more isolated parts of the world such as where I am now, you can sail 5m past the anchored QE2's stern & exchange pleasantries with the guys fishing (illegally) off the stern with no problems!
I must try that next time the QE2 visits this part of the world

You wouldn't believe the amount of SOLAS security b*****cks there is even in this remote neck of the woods.
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I have since heard that another rowing club rib was water canoned by the Oriana .... same parent company
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Can't speak for you guys (and gals, pardon me) over on that side of the pond, but there is, since shortly after 9/11, an exclusion zone around several types of ships in US waters.

Military ships over 100 ft in length: A 100 yd total exclusion zone and a 500 yd minimum navigation speed zone. Rumored that force has been authorized to enforce the zone.

Cruise ships, tankers, and other vessels deemed "high interest" by Homeland Security or the USCG: 100 yd exclusion zone.

Other structures deemed "high interest" by DHS or USCG (refineries, bridges, etc): Security zones as defined by the Harbormaster, or other responsible authority.


Monterey had a visit by a few cruise ships last year (these just started coming in), and several recreational boats decided to buzz the anchored ship. While force and/or citations could have been used, the CG decided to intercept them, escort them to the marina, and do a complete safety inspection. I heard that in a couple of cases, the inspection took over 4 hours.

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