Professional skipper Magazine’s Semi-Article by M Pigneguy
With the imagination of a fairy tale author M Pigneguy writes –
“ With our size & speed it was too late for a turn to starboard, so I put our engines astern to bring Seaway almost to a halt to allow Classique to slip under our bow & clear us”
1: He doesn’t let on here but according to his Claim & Brief of Evidence this action was taken as from 80 mtrs off after he had sounded 2 series of blasts with an interval in between while he waited for a response & then he decided to do this fanciful bringing of Seaway almost to a halt. In court he was even more dramatic – “Seaway was stopped, dead in the water”
2: It would be too late at that rate for more turning to starboard especially considering with the approach at about 25 degrees – he had turned all he needed to create this close quarters position he wanted for his photo 3 shot.
3: If he put his engines astern at 15.5 kts, he didn’t indicate astern propulsion with the mandatory 3 blasts & there was no apparent altering in speed as Seaway went past the stern of Classique as fast as a roll on / roll off ferry would be expected to travel.
4: Considering from 80 mtrs, in 10 seconds available, he wouldn’t have completed his 1st series of blasts & waited for a response, he had no time to think, as he said in his claim, about a possible slowing down.
5: He must’ve been reading too many tales of chaps on chargers rescuing damsels to realize that Classique was not in distress but had been monitoring the rogue behavior of Seaway in reducing the clearance from more than 460 mtrs down to 80 mtrs & was prepared to take action if there was any further reduction of clearance to cause concern.
6: So seaway did not slow down to allow Classique to slip anywhere & certainly not from under Seaway’s bow – this is fanciful thinking for an article.
Now M Pigneguy inadvertently admits it all – “It was an outstanding demonstration of ignorance of the Rules of the Road & I had another watchman. (Phillip Sweetman) with me who witnessed the event.”
Quite an admission that his planning with Phillip Sweetman who was being educated from Sth Motuihe of how to take photos leading up to an entrapment for Court purposes, was in violation of Maritime Rules.
A: In their enthusiasm for photography both of them forgot about their obligations to signal appropriately, check their course’s compass heading & cease their incremental turning to starboard as they approached Classique
B: Maritime Rules are designed to prevent anything like what M Pigneguy manufactured – Rule 22.8 – Action to avoid collision “…be positive, made in ample time & with due regard to the observance of good seafaring practice. Alteration of course or speed be large enough to be readily apparent to the other vessel. A succession of small alterations of course or speed should be avoided …action must be such as to result in passing at a safe distance”
Knowledge of Rule 22.8 would’ve deprived M Pigneguy of his pedantic educational opportunity with trainee Phillip Sweetman & even though his errors were pointed out in Court & in the months leading up to the prosecution, he still appears to remain in ignorance.