The compass bearing of an approaching vessel does not appreciably change
Description of scenario:
Vessel A: Power-driven vessel Vessel B: Power-driven vessel Area: On the high seas Visibility: Good (Vessels in sight of one another) Vessel A and vessel B are crossing Vessel A has vessel B on her own starboard side (relative bearing STBD 054°) No change in bearing taken at interval of time, CPA=0
Applying the Rule(s) and comments:
In accordance with Rule 7 (Risk of collision), risk of collision shall be deemed to exist if the compass bearing of an approaching vessel does not appreciably change. Comments: If the bearing (compass or relative) taken visually or with radar at interval of time does not appreciable change, than the risk of collision shall be deemed to exist. How often to take bearing from other vessel depends on situation (range between vessels, vessels relative speed, area of navigation, vessels characteristics, navigational equipment, visibility). To be able to decide if a risk of collision exists, bearing on the other vessel should be taken as soon as it is sighted and then repeated in appropriate intervals. In open water, bearing should be taken as soon as it comes over the horizon. It is advisable not to wait until the vessel is close before starting to take bearings.
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