By Vande Castle, S.C., May 29 2018 04:33PM
It’s boating season again. And it is time for a safety reminder.
Rule 5 of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Seat (“COLREGS”) expressly requires that “(e)very vessel shall at all times maintain a proper lookout by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision.” This is the first rule of seamanship.
Modern technology has made vessels nearly autonomous. Those technological advancements do not relieve the vessel owner / operator from the Rule 5 requirement that proper lookout be maintained at all times. Simply relying on these devices, even Automated Identification Systems (AIS), is not sufficient.
Please keep our waterways safe and enjoyable for all.