Rule 2-Responsibility explained

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Rule 2-Responsibility explained

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Rule 2-Responsibility 

a) Nothing in these Rules shall exonerate any vessel, or the owner, master or crew thereof, from the consequences of any neglect to comply with these Rules or of the neglect of any precaution which may be required by the ordinary practice of seamen, or by the special circumstances of the case.

b) In construing and complying with these Rules due regard shall be had to all dangers of navigation and collision and to any special circumstances, including the limitations of the vessels involved, which may make a departure from these Rules necessary to avoid immediate danger.

Explanation of Rules

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a) explanation of Rule 2 a

  • There is no escaping the penalty of not following these rules.
  • Everybody is responsible and no excuses are permitted that ‘I forgot’ etc. Also, there are some practices which are followed by seamen which may not be in the rules but they have been said and in use for many years, even these are included in compliance.
  • This rule was formulated after all the ‘ordinary practice of seamen’ were written down as part of these rules, but some of the ‘ordinary practices’ which may have been overlooked are covered by this rule.
    Circumstances can dictate a deviation from these rules, like if the seaman thinks that by following the rules in a special situation the action would endanger the ships, in that case, a deviation may be permitted which will not endanger the ships.

b) explanation of Rule 2 b

  • In understanding and then complying with these rules – pay close attention to the dangers of navigation and to the circumstances which may arise where blindly following these rules may endanger the ships.
  • For this, if required by common sense that to follow the rules would make a situation worse, then an action may be taken which are different from these rules but would have ensured safety for the vessels.

In very simple words we can describe this rule as,
you can take any action to avoid a collision
but would have ensured safety for the vessels.

Thank you,

By Team Naututor

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