Look Out Ships About
If you’re a recreational boater, take care and remember to look out, ships about.
Steps to stay safe near seagoing ships
- Always keep a lookout for seagoing ships
- Determine if a ship is moving towards or away from you and act early so you can move away from these seagoing ships.
- Familiarise yourself with the shipping channels or fairways - don’t block or anchor in them.
- Always keep a safe distance away from a large vessel.
- From the ship’s bridge it is hard to see smaller boats. Some ships will have blind spots ahead of up to 600 metres.
- Stay far enough away to be in sight.
- Act early so you can move away from these seagoing ships
- Stay clear of shipping channels when seagoing ships are entering or departing the ports.
- Be aware of wakes of seagoing ships, particularly when a large vessel is in relatively shallow water and moving at higher speeds.
- Always have your navigation lights on at night so other vessels can clearly see you.
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