THE UNSOLVED MARINE COLLISION PROBLEM

Capt. E. S. Quilter

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Abstract: American vessels are involved in collision about every two days. In these collisions radar is a factor 23 per cent of the time. These are United States Coast Guard figues for fiscal 1951. In spite of the fact that radar has been a navigational aid for some 15 years, the international rules of the road take no specific cognizance of its usage. According to the U.S. Protection and Indemnity Agency, Inc., this is because "radar is such a limited substitute for a man's eyes and ears." Nonetheless, a Congressional Committee investigating the Andrea Doria-Stockholm disaster states that the collision "would have been prevented if the information provided by radar had been properly used." The same committee says "collision cases continue in increasing numbers."
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 5, Number 5
Pages: 219 - 224
Cite this article: Quilter, Capt. E. S., "THE UNSOLVED MARINE COLLISION PROBLEM", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 5, No. 5, 1957, pp. 219-224.
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