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The compass bearing of an approaching vessel is decreasing

  • 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
    Bearing of vessel B taken from vessel A at interval of time is decreasing
  • Rule(s) to be applied: Rule 7 (Risk of collision)
  • 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.
    If the bearing (compass or relative) taken visually or with radar at interval of time does appreciable change (decreasing), than the risk of collision shall not be deemed to exist.

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