Yes as a general rule, but in Norwegian waters this rule applies: [quote]Rule 44 Responsibilities between vessels
Pleasure crafts and open boats being under oars, sails or engine, shall as far as practicable keep out of the way of larger vessels, scheduled ferries and other commercial traffic when passing narrow waters, a heavily trafficked fairway or a harbour area.[/quote]
Many other countries have similar rules for pleasure crafts.
This video was published in reply to an earlier article in Sysla about pleasure crafts crossing the bow of large vessels at close range, probably not realizing the “Line of Sight” restrictions for the Pilot or OOW on the larger vessels: http://sysla.no/maritim/sto-losen-med-hjertet-halsen/
They may feel they have full control of the situation, but the people on the bridge does not know if they have any problem and cannot take evasive action in time, if they do.
The golden rule for them to remember is; “If you cannot see the bridge windows on the vessel, they cannot see you”.
Besides, even a small container feeder, (as here) coaster or ferry take time to turn or stop, even if there are no restrictions to hinder maneuvering,