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Allowing more time to assess the situation

  • Rule(s) to be applied: Rule 8 (Action to avoid collision )
  • Applying the Rule(s) and comments: In accordance with Rule 8 (e) (Action to avoid collision ), if necessary to avoid collision or allow more time to assess the situation, a vessel shall slacken her speed or take all way off by stopping or reversing her means of propulsion.
    Slacken of speed generally happen in waters where ships are going in and out of the harbour limits or in areas where vessels have their engine ready for immediate manoeuvring.
    In those areas, where the traffic density is usually increased, it is better to either stop and watch the situation as it develops or even if required take all way off her tracks or by reversing her means of propulsion and then assessing the situation and move cautiously.

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