Another Ferry Skipper Shows His Sea Manners In An Approach

By comparison M Pigneguy acts like a heathen

Another Ferry Skipper Shows His Sea Manners In An Approach
A discussion between Bolton & Judge Davis had centred around  how the Regular Run of a ferry comes into customary practice & something a navigator has to bring into his Risk Assessment – not expecting the ferry coming from Devonport to change its course to head under the Harbour Bridge or anywhere else other than its berth Downtown at the Ferry Building.
Bolton – “In the normal run of things, if the ferry was deviating from his normal run, at the point where he has concern he would sound his 5 blasts on a complying horn. Being a commercial operation, that ferry operator needs to be using his equipment which is surveyed, passed by Maritime New Zealand or one of their companies. I had an experience as I was approaching Bean Rock on an identical course with the same angle from a Fullers ferry coming out of Half Moon Bay. The same angle could be transferred from Browns Island to Bean Rock. The Fullers Ferry was coming towards me – & this is just shortly after the incident with M Pigneguy so I’m very conscious of the situation. This is where a courteous operator, who’s not hamstrung with any chips on his shoulder, sees me coming towards him & he knows I’m expected to give-way. But because he’s wanting to go to Auckland, he purposely made an obvious movement which is mentioned in the rules, to indicate to me that I can carry straight on. Now that’s what prudent seamanship is all about. I was almost unable to turn to my starboard because of Bean Rock but he made the courteous movement to show in ample time that he intended to go that way & let me carry on. That is where prudent seamanship comes into perhaps a deviation from a normal run. He’s able to let me know that “he’s not going to go that way today” Here’s a change, but he will warn me. So that’s an example of prudent seamanship where special circumstances apply in a harbour situation  where close quarters normally are a lot different to something out at sea.  In harbour locations many vessels may be coming from both sides at once. They might be sail or power, with all different reasons to give way or not & if they’re commercial on a run, we tend to give them precedence regardless of the rules. This what we’re doing every time every time we go out. On Sundays, coming home is normally the worst to experience this, where we are almost threading our way through vessels coming from both directions at once & all at different angles.”
The skill Bolton has in applying Rules of the Nautical Road is lost on Judge Davis who facetiously says – “One of the few things that has been agreed, I think, in the last couple of days, was that this was not one of those situations where you needed to thread your way through vessels.”
Referring to the incident created by M Pigneguy, Bolton continues – “This is something which developed over 3 nmiles, very little other traffic around. M Pigneguy was expected to do his thing & we never had to even get close to each other. If he changed his mind on keeping to his regular run, there was still clearance for him to go through or sound the warning signal to let me know at the appropriate time. He can’t be taking photographs instead of sounding his horn.”

By comparison with the Fullers skipper who kept a proper course,
M Pigneguy acted like a heathen & steered towards Classique reducing the clearance that existed prior to.
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Another Ferry Skipper Shows His Sea Manners In An Approach

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