The fog signal of another vessel is heard while underway in restricted visibility. The best course of action is to determine the bearing of the sound using a compass and then alter course to avoid collision. If the other vessel is on a collision course, it is important to take evasive action as soon as possible.
There are several different types of fog signals that vessels use, so it is important to be familiar with the different sounds.
You are underway in restricted visibility and you hear the fog signal of another vessel. You know that you should take action to avoid a collision, but what exactly should you do?
The first thing you need to do is determine the direction from which the signal is coming.
This will help you determine if the other vessel is on a collision course with you. If it is, then you need to take evasive action to avoid a collision. There are several different types of fog signals that vessels use, so it’s important to listen carefully to identify the signal.
Once you’ve identified it, there are specific actions you need to take depending on the type of signal: If it’s a blast every two minutes, this means the vessel is underway but not making way through the water. You should alter your course so that you pass well clear of them.
If it’s a blast every minute, this means the vessel is aground or anchored. You should alter your course so that you pass at least half a mile from them. If it’s rapid blasts (more than once per second), this means they’re engaged in fishing with nets or trawls and they’re not able to manoeuvre out of your way.
You should alter your course immediately and pass at least half a mile from them. Remember, when in doubt, always err on the side of caution and give the other vessel plenty of room to manoeuvre!
What Action Must You Take When You Hear the Fog Signal of Another Vessel?
You must take action immediately when you hear the fog signal of another vessel. This is because fog can reduce visibility and make it difficult to see other vessels. When you hear the fog signal, you should increase your vigilance and be prepared to take evasive action if necessary.
What Action Must You Take If You Hear the Fog Signal of Another Vessel And a Risk of Collision Exists?
If you hear the fog signal of another vessel and a risk of collision exists, you must take action to avoid the collision.
What Immediate Action Should You Take If You Hear the Fog Signal of Another Boat You Cannot See?
If you hear the fog signal of another boat but cannot see it, the best course of action is to immediately stop your vessel. This will help avoid a collision with the other boat. If you are unable to stop your vessel, then you should sound your horn and try to veer away from the other boat’s direction.
What Should You Do If You Hear a Fog Signal Coming from Another Vessel Forward of Your Beam Or When You Cannot Avoid the Close Quarter Situation With the Said Vessel?
If you hear a fog signal coming from another vessel, the best thing to do is to slow down and proceed with caution. If you cannot avoid the close quarter situation, then it is best to stop your vessel and wait for the other vessel to pass.
Colregs Sound Signals – Rule 35 Sound Signals in Restricted Visibility
You are Underway in Restricted Visibility, You Hear the Fog Signal of Another Vessel About 22
You are underway in restricted visibility when you hear the fog signal of another vessel. You determine that the other vessel is about 2 miles away on your starboard side. You slow down and sound your horn.
The other vessel responds by sounding its horn. You then alter course to pass behind the other vessel.
You are underway in restricted visibility and hear the fog signal of another vessel. You should immediately alter course to avoid a collision. If you cannot determine the bearing of the other vessel’s signal, you should stop your vessel and await further instructions.