Well, I heard the darnedest thing today by a simulator instructor regarding B2B in international water. The bridge instructor is not a mate, but rather a retired Navy Captain… Besides the point, the scenario of the evolution was outbound of Apra Harbor, Guam, but SIMULATING Guam was a foreign country, not a U.S. Territory, thus we were in International waters. Coming out of the harbor meant close port to port passing with inbound vessels.
The only mention of B2B in the COLREGS is rule 34-h (inland).
However, 33 CFR 26.04 (b) states:
“Each person who is required to maintain a listening watch under section 5 of the Act SHALL, when necessary, transmit and confirm, on the designated frequency, the intentions of his vessel and any other information necessary for the safe navigation of vessels.”
So, what was said? So I forget the exact verbiage, and if he used (can not, shouldn’t, ill advised), but he basically said since the COLREGS does not mention B2B in international waters, that only whistle signals (or light) should be used for maneuvering in accordance with COLREGS. We all looked at him like he was crazy.
Now am I crazy and missing something here in international guidance for using B2B for the safety of navigation? I know International radio telephone is governed by the IMO and the ITU. Searching these agencies, I have found little information to smash him over the head with for his regulatory idiocy. I could use some ammunition and a little help for my own personal green idiocy as well in regards to publications!