Tug and barge, towing in the Far East. I was on watch, early morning hours, traffic was moderate, visibility 10 -12 miles.
No traffic of concern, when towing almost all the fast ships just go around when I see a light about dead ahead, also see it on radar (no ARPA), on the heading marker.
I take a look with the binoculars, showing a stbd running light, masthead and range are open, looking at the stbd side, looks like a ship steering maybe 30 -35 degrees to the left of a reciprocal course. Looks like ti’s going to pass well clear starboard to starboard,
A few minutes go by, I notice the ship is still very close the heading marker, wtf? I take another look. Same aspect, forward masthead light color a little too white, otherwise nothing odd, no other lights. But it’s getting close, going fast.
The ship keeps closing, seeing the stbd bow but still on the heading marker doesn’t make sense. But running out of time, have to make a move, don’t want to turn to starboard because it looks like I’d be turning right in front of the ship. Can’t go to port, bad move, can’t stay, going to get run down.
So I haul hard to port, ship runs by astern, right down my old track, would have hit for sure.
As it goes by I look at it’s lights, red side light not showing, forward masthead not showing, Only lights are green side light, aft masthead light and one working light on deck, maybe the light for the pilot ladder left on which I took to be fwd masthead.