Operating Around Large Vessels
Pilots of large vessels have limited views from the bridge and require long distances to come to a full stop—often 1.2 to 2.4 kilometres (¾ to 1½ miles). When crossing shipping lanes or traveling in shipping lanes, pleasure craft operators need to watch for large ships and keep the following in mind.
- Watch out for other vessels, and be ready to slow down and yield to large vessels. Use radar and a radio if you have them.
- Make your pleasure craft more visible by operating in a group with other small boats.
- Stay off the water in fog or high winds.
- Stay clear of docked ferries, ferries in transit, vessels in tow, and working fishing vessels.
- Remember that there may be an unlit space of several hundred metres between the bow and stern lights, such as when a tugboat is pushing a barge.
- Allow ample room when crossing or traveling behind a ship or tugboat. Dangerously strong underwater currents created by engines can extend for hundreds of metres behind the ship or tugboat.
- In commercial shipping channels:
- Avoid commercial shipping traffic lanes by as wide of a margin as possible.
- Do not obstruct commercial navigation.
- Cross channels at a right angle to the flow of vessel traffic or as practical.
- Never anchor in a shipping lane.