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Overtaking situation in traffic separation scheme

  • Description of scenario: Vessel A: Power-driven vessel
    Vessel B: Power-driven vessel
    Area: Traffic separation scheme
    Visibility: Good (Vessels in sight of one another)
    Vessel A is overtaking vessel B
  • Rule(s) to be applied: Rule 10 (Traffic separation schemes)
    Rule 13 (Overtaking situation)
    Rule 16 (Action by give-way vessel)
  • Applying the Rule(s) and comments: In accordance with Rule 10 (a) (Traffic separation schemes), Rule 10 applies to traffic separation schemes adopted by the Organization and does not relieve any vessel of her obligation under any other rule.
    In accordance with Rule 10 (b)(i) (Traffic separation schemes), a vessel using a traffic separation scheme shall proceed in the appropriate traffic lane in the general direction of traffic flow for that lane.
    In accordance with Rule 13 (a) (Overtaking), notwithstanding anything contained in the Rules of part B, sections I and II, any vessel overtaking (vessel A) any other (vessel B) shall keep out of the way of the vessel being overtaken (vessel B).
    In accordance with Rule 16 (Action by give-way vessel), every vessel (vessel A) which is directed to keep out of the way of another vessel (vessel B) shall, so far as possible, take early and substantial action to keep well clear.

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