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Sound Signals
Ch 23 Short blast
Ch 23 Long Blast

Short Blast - About 1 second in duration

Prolonged Blast - 4-6 seconds duration.

Sound Signals given in Clear Visibility

 

Ch 23 Short blast

 

I am altering course to starboard.

 

Ch 23 Short blast  Ch 23 Short blast

 

I am altering course to port.

 

Ch 23 Short blast Ch 23 Short blast  Ch 23 Short blast

 

I am operating astern propulsion.

 

Ch 23 Short blast Ch 23 Short blast Ch 23 Short blast Ch 23 Short blast Ch 23 Short blast

 

or more, I fail to understand your intentions or actions / I doubt if you are taking sufficient action to avoid collision.

 

Ch 23 Long Blast  Ch 23 Long Blast  Ch 23 Short blast

 

I intend to overtake you on your starboard side.

 

Ch 23 Long Blast  Ch 23 Long Blast  Ch 23 Short blast Ch 23 Short blast

 

I intend to overtake you on your port side.

 

Ch 23 Long Blast  Ch 23 Short blast  Ch 23 Long Blast Ch 23 Short blast

 

I understand your overtaking intentions.

 

Ch 23 Long Blast

 

Vessel approaching bend in channel, and reply.

 

Sound Signals given in Restricted Visibility

 

Ch 23 Long Blast

 

Power driven vessel making way, sounded at intervals of not more than two minutes.

 

Ch 23 Long Blast  Ch 23 Long Blast

 

Power driven vessel not making way, sounded at intervals of not more than two minutes.

 

Ch 23 Long Blast Ch 23 Short blast Ch 23 Short blast

 

A vessel not under command, a vessel restricted in ability to manoeuvre, a vessel constrained by draft, a sailing vessel, a vessel engaged in fishing, or a vessel towing or pulling.

 

Ch 23 Long Blast Ch 23 Short blast Ch 23 Short blast Ch 23 Short blast

A manned vessel being towed, or the last vessel of the tow, at intervals of not more than two minutes, immediately after the signal made by the towing vessel.

 

Ch 23 Bell Picture  Ch 23 Gong Picture

 

A vessel at anchor shall at intervals of not more that one minute ring a bell rapidly for about five seconds. In a vessel of 100m or more in length the bell shall be sounded in the forepart of the vessel and immediately after the ringing of the bell, a gong shall be sounded for about five seconds in the after part of the vessel.

 

Ch 23 Short blast Ch 23 Long Blast Ch 23 Short blast

In addition to the above a vessel at anchor may sound one short, one prolonged and one short blast in succession to give warning of her position to an approaching vessel.

 

Ch 23 Bell Picture  Ch 23 Bell Picture Ch 23 Bell Picture

Ch 23 Gong Picture

 

A vessel aground shall in addition to the bell and gong signal, give three distinctive strokes on the bell immediately before and after the rapid ringing of the bell.

 

 

Ch 23 Small Vessel

 

A vessel less than 12m in length is not obliged to give the signals mentioned above, but if she does not, shall make some other sufficient sound signal at intervals of not more than two minutes.

 

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