Captain Finn Andersen has been a professional mariner since 1965. Captain Finn holds a Master’s Certificate for coastal voyages, and has specialised training in firefighting, lifesaving and navigation. He likes to give advice, and has several tips for avoiding shipwrecks:
Maintain constant vigilance.
Always be aware.
Keep a proper look-out.
Always keep a look out for your surroundings and other vessels.
Use your charts and compass.
By understanding and using your navigation tools, you can travel with safety.
Fix your vessel’s position.
Take regular bearings so that you are always aware of your location. GPS (Global Positioning System), horizontal sextant and radar or sight readings can help you do this.
Put your fix on a chart.
Keeping a record of your position can help you to avoid surprises such as unexpected land masses and currents.
Proceed at a safe speed.
Your vessel should travel at speeds that give you and other mariners time to change course.
Follow collision regulations.
Always understand and use the international rules of ocean travel.
And remember, the Sea Has No Mercy!
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It has been said that there is a wrecked ship for every mile of coast along the Graveyard of the Pacific. This is probably a low estimate, for we often know of the large vessels that met with tragedy, but rarely of small craft lost to the rocks and breakers.