Quick question folks,
Anyone know why so many ships ride the port side of the Galveston Fairway. I run this one a lot, and I get on near the Oil Rig called “Enchilada”, so I don’t take that north south route further to the west.
But it just seems to be that all the international ships stay on the port side in the fairway the whole time. It’s pretty frustrating, as I do what I imagine is correct (riding the starboard side, which I think is said to do in the Rules of the Road), and I call them all the time to move over. There’s no reason to pass with a .25nm CPA or something ridiculous like that when they have a mile and a half of fairway on their starboard side, no one close behind them and they aren’t overtaking anyone. Yet they ride the port side the whole way. Whether it’s up inbound or outbound. Mix that with having to dodge little shrimp boats (which is another thing that drives me nuts. They are oblivious to radio calls. The Coast Guard should do something about them), and you have very little room to operate.
I mean, do these guys just think we’re in Australia, do they see me coming and just try to piss me off? or am I missing something?