As boaters, we can stay out of harm’s way by gaining a better understanding of commercial ships.
How well do you know the Rules of the Road? Here’s a situation you might encounter. You are transiting a narrow East Coast river during daylight hours with clear visibility. You see, at a distance, the top of a tug’s wheelhouse heading toward you and know the tug will soon come around the bend. How should you proceed?
On a sunny morning in May 1958, north of the British Virgin Islands, a school of dolphins played under the bowsprit of a large sailing vessel. The ship rolled gently on the blue Atlantic, and her bow wave gurgled and hissed under her figurehead.
On Chesapeake Bay, they say that if you haven’t been aground, you haven’t left the dock. In Maine, a sailor might boast, “I know every rock on this coast … because I’ve hit most of them.” Wherever you go, a droll maxim makes clear that if you spend enough time on the water, sooner or later you run aground.
We all think we know what teamwork is, especially in sports or at work. But on board? Why do some crews work like efficient, well-oiled machines, while others succumb to sullen moods, yelling and frustration?
June 1, 2017, was supposed to be a routine deadline. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had set the date as the end of public comment on its draft strategy about navigational products and services for America’s ocean and coastal waters, as well as the Great Lakes.