Tuesday, May 27, 2014

BTR #6

Here we introduce something new it is Rule 10 which applies to Traffic Separation SchemesNAUTICAL LOG is quite sure many perhaps most of you know nothing about them.  Introduced due to the increasing  traffic in the Dover Strait between France and England, the crossing high speed ferries all in addition to fishing vessels from every country in Europe. 

In 1967 the first scheme was approved and laid out on the Dover Strait chart.  From then on the schemes grew rapidly and by the end of the 20th. Century just about every Port and every strait had a traffic separation scheme.  Off the Ports they usually involve the Pilotage berthing area and they are laid in a roundabout form.  It is of course necessary to have a navigational chart of the area to see how the scheme works and very necessary to follow the rules of the Traffic Separation Schemes in Rule 10.

Rule 10:  There are twelve (12) points listed to guide you in following a traffic separation scheme.  The key point is (a) which states; this Rule applies to traffic separation schemes and does not relieve any vessel of her obligations under any other Rule.  There is a lot to learn, understand and follow and you do not want to be trying to figure out what is going on in the middle of a Port approaches busy traffic.

Rule 10:  The twelve (12) points are also listed under the Inland Rules.  The biggest risks are when vessels are manoeuvring in the Pilotage area and entering or leaving the junction it involves.


The tip this time is to read, understand and follow the NAVIGATION RULES most particularly the Steering and Sailing Rules.  There is a lot to learn too become familiar with them so always have the U.S. DHC/USCG NAVIGATION RULES International - Inland COMDTINST M16672. latest edition with you in the boat.  Remember it is required by Maritime Law that you do so.

Good Watch.

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