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So this is what it's like to be a ship in the Indian Ocean

Posted: Fri May 04, 2012 6:18 pm
by Radiatordude

Re: So this is what it's like to be a ship in the Indian Oce

Posted: Fri May 04, 2012 7:21 pm
by Drew_3103
thats cool... but they shouldn't fire so many warning shots what if they actually needed direction or something? me and dad asked a oil tanker for directions but we couldn't find his radio frequency so one of the people hung over the side and yelled his frequency... lol And our gps lied to us we were 5 miles off course but i do understand its the indian ocean

Re: So this is what it's like to be a ship in the Indian Oce

Posted: Fri May 04, 2012 8:00 pm
by Gunny
Drew your dad will probably tell you,There are rules that apply on the open sea when it come to boats in distress. And from what I could see from the vid, was those skiffs where not in distress they where bearing in from two directions one aft and one starboard so you fire as many as it takes to make them veer off.
If they do not veer off you call for a mayday and do your level best to sink them.

Re: So this is what it's like to be a ship in the Indian Oce

Posted: Fri May 04, 2012 11:14 pm
by Radiatordude
Exactly, what Gunny said, there are rules for distress and for requesting help. They only fired those "direct" shots after the boat was speeding straight its starboard. But the boat off the stern was just the same boat, it capsized and came into view from the stern (same boat). But you also have to consider, this is the Indian ocean, on a container vessel route, if a boat is hauling butt coming straght at you, wouldn't you want to protect your self? Anyways, just thought this would be cool to share! :D Share it with your friends!

Re: So this is what it's like to be a ship in the Indian Oce

Posted: Sat May 05, 2012 2:22 am
by Drew_3103
well, thats what I was saying sorta... lol I have my boaters license so I know the rules but when we got help we weren't in distress a guy just hung over the side and told us the frequency... and we were also in the straight of florida so.. the guy probably knew we weren't pirates

and yes if I was on the Indian Ocean I would take my Mosin Nagant with me

Re: So this is what it's like to be a ship in the Indian Oce

Posted: Sat May 05, 2012 4:44 am
by Crazypilot
Why don't they just fix a few 50 cals. on the both port and starboard of the ships?

Re: So this is what it's like to be a ship in the Indian Oce

Posted: Sat May 05, 2012 6:49 am
by Midnight Rambler
Sentinel182 wrote:
Drew_3103 wrote:I have my boaters license so I know the rules
im no sea expert, but im pretty sure a license for a small boat would be somewhat different to that of a cargo ship
Close to 20 years of nautical university difference :lol:

Motorboat licences in AUS are about 20 hours supervised hours, minimum 17 years old... No one actually follows those rules though. My brother is 13 and he can handle a boat better than most people with a licence.

Cargoships are most likely a bluewater Master 5 certificate, the highest offered.



My two cents :lol:

Re: So this is what it's like to be a ship in the Indian Oce

Posted: Sat May 05, 2012 10:13 pm
by decaff_42
Like Midnight said, to pilot the larger boats, basically anything over 100' you'd better have a crap ton of experience.

In the US, small boat drivers (less than 20 people, typically a whaler or some similar boat, generally not more than 20-25 feet long) need only a one day course, and they can operate most small watercraft. I got my license at 12 and have been driving motor boats for years at my yacht club as a sailing instructor. If you even want to think about driving commercially, carrying people and such, say hello to 40-100 hour courses and a crap ton of regulation.

Re: So this is what it's like to be a ship in the Indian Oce

Posted: Sun May 06, 2012 12:05 am
by Taskforce 58
1) They were using short bursts instead of going full auto, I'm impressed.

2) We should revive the concept of outfitting some Q-ships.

Re: So this is what it's like to be a ship in the Indian Oce

Posted: Mon May 21, 2012 8:37 am
by vandal
I was just about to say that TF58.
Also, are these military or PMC do you think?

Either that or ships need to start sailing together in convoys guarded by navy ships.