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265-metre oil tanker vs 20-metre Sailboat

A tanker coming through a sailboat regatta in Cowes, United Kingdom, was clearly in sight of a racing sailboat when the two collided. And now, Roland Wilson, a Royal Navy lieutenant, is in the courtroom under accusations that he was knowingly too close to the 120,000 ton vessel. Navigation Rule 9(b) states “A vessel of less than 20 meters in length or a sailing vessel shall not impede the passage of a vessel which can safely navigate only within a narrow channel or fairway.” This week, prosecutors charge that “Despite shipping by-laws requiring vessels to maintain a safe distance from larger ships, the Atalanta crashed into the 853ft-long (260m) Hanne Knutsen tanker, which was heading to Fawley oil refinery.”

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