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    Re: FW: Avoiding collision.
    From: Jared Sherman
    Date: 2003 Oct 7, 23:39 -0400

    Doug-
     Offshore, on a direct port-to-port line from a US port to a nearby island 
    port. There was steady traffic along the route and a good deal of traffic in 
    the area, i.e. across it as well. I would not consider it to be "open" or 
    "safe" waters, and the mere absence of the bridge watch while the ship was 
    underway--is that legal under any flag in any waters? Let alone prudent?
    
    Just to clarify: I said it was a cruise ship, not a cruiser.
    
    Although I also know an ex-USN captain who literally had a star shell fired 
    across the bridge of hte next ship behind him, because they were under radio 
    silence and that next ship was running him down. The star shell apparently 
    attracted someone's attention and the other ship fell back to where it 
    belonged.
    
    As to commercial shipping always being a dollar game...Yes, I am aware of 
    that. Since today it is possible to cut things down so far, I think are cut 
    even more. Crew may no longer be dragooned, but how may ships and crew are 
    procured from where these days? I think the international dodges go to a 
    greater extent than were previously possible, and since a crew of 7-12 may be 
    considered adequate, it becomes harder to rotate fresh eyes up on the bridge 
    watch, doesn't it?
    
    
    

       
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