Q.What does "Good Time" in Colreg Rule 8 "Action to Avoid Collision" paragraph c means?
The terms "Good time" and "Ample time" in my opinion, are used within the COLREG's to allow officers and masters room to apply good seamanship. It would be very difficult to define a term to suit all vessel. For a large cargo ship the OOW of the give way vessel my choose to make an alteration at 12 miles to maintain a set minimum CPA required by the masters standing orders. Other coastal operating small vessel might consider an alteration a 1 or 2 miles perfectly expectable.
To give you more of a solid answer how about this:
Good Time = As soon as it is apparent that a risk of collision exists so long as the proposed manoeuvre is safe to execute and will fulfil the requirements of rule 8.
Blog on same topic
Blog you cannot miss!
10 ECDIS questions SIRE inspectors ask and how to deal with it?
Here is What a brilliant Passage plan on ECDIS Looks Like
Ship's position by Long by Chron and Merpass: Here is how to get it
COLREGS Rule 2: Here is the Simple Explanation to the Most Confusing Rule
Radar plotting: How to do it and its Significance in Collision Avoidance
Questions on same topics
Popular questions and their answers
- Can we turn the ship by giving rudder movement while we are drifting ?
- What changes were done couple of years back for FUJAIRAH anchorage approach?
- What action must a navigating officer take when a NUC vessel is seen from stern making way through water?
- In restricted visibility, are we expected to see lights?
- How can we determine the length of the tow from stern view?
More things to do on myseatime
Learn the difficult concepts of sailing described in a easy and story-telling way. These detailed and well researched articles provides value reading for all ranks.
Seafarers Question Answers
Ask or answer a question on this forum. Knowledge dies if it remains in our head. Share your knowledge by writing answers to the question
This podcast on the maritime matters will provide value to the listeners. Short, crisp and full of value. Stay tuned for this section.