10 IMPORTANT POINTS FOR BRIDGE WATCH DURING RESTRICTED VISIBILITY
By Capt. Do Ngoc Hoai
One of the most important duties of a ship’s officer on watch (OOW) is safe and smooth navigation of the ship. During its voyage, a ship has to sail through different weather and tidal conditions. It’s the duty of the navigating officer to know and understand the ship’s sailing route well in advance and prepare for the same accordingly.
One of the most dangerous conditions to navigate a ship is restricted visibility because of fog, heavy rain or dust storm. When the ship’s officer gets information regarding such upcoming weather condition, he or she should take all the necessary precautions to ensure that the ship sails through restricted visibility area without confronting any kind of collision or grounding accident.
Mentioned below are ten important points that must be taken into consideration for safe navigation of the ship through restricted visibility area.