Applying the Rule(s) and comments:
In accordance with Rule 8
(c) (Action to avoid collision
), if there is sufficient sea-room, alteration of course alone may be the most effective action to avoid a close-quarters situation provided that it is made in good time, is substantial and does not result in another close-quarters situation. Comments: Generally, speed alteration is rather difficult to observe as such is difficult to assess the situation, because, the apparent track remains the same. Thus, a course alteration is much more effective in diffusing a dangerous situation and also is readily apparent to the other vessel – provided however, that the alteration can be observed very easily by the other vessel.
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