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Maneuvering and Warning Signals, Continued Understanding Vessels  in  sight  of  one  another  are  approaching  each  other  and  either the Intentions of vessel  fails  to  understand  the  intentions  or  actions  of  the  other,  or  is  in Another  Vessel doubt  whether  sufficient  action  is  being  taken  by  the  other  vessel  to avoid  collision,  the  vessel  in  doubt  must  immediately  indicate  such doubt  by  giving  at  least  five  short,  rapid  blasts  on  the  whistle.  Such signal  may  be  supplemented  by  a  light  signal  of  at  least  five  short,  rapid flashes. Vessels  nearing  a  bend  or  an  area  of  a  channel  or  fairway  where  other vessels  may  be  obscured  by  an  intervening  obstruction  must  sound  one prolonged  blast.  Such  signal  must  be  answered  with  a  prolonged  blast by  any  approaching  vessel  that  may  be  within  hearing  around  the  bend or  behind  the  intervening  obstruction. Signals Required by Rule 34 of Navigation Rules The  following  table  lists  the  required  sound  signals  required  between vessels  as  stated  in  rule  34  of  the  Navigation  Rules.  The  signals  are made  with  the  ship’s  whistle  or  the  VHF  radio.  When  using  the  VHF radio  to  exchange  signals,  use  the  words  1  whistle  equals  1  short  blast and  the  words  2  whistles  equal  2  short  blasts. The  International  Rules  do  not  require  a  reply  from  the  receiving  vessel except  when  being  overtaken  by  another  vessel,  where  if  in  agreement the  overtaken  vessel  will  sound  1  prolonged,  1  short,  1  prolonged,  and 1  short  blast  in  that  order.  The  Inland  Rules  require  the  receiving vessel,  if  in  agreement  with  the  sending  vessel,  to  sound  the  same  signal in  return.  If,  for  any  cause,  the  receiving  vessel  is  in  doubt  of  the proposed  maneuver,  the  receiving  vessel  will  sound  5  short  blasts. Signal Condition Meaning 1 short blast Within  l/2  mile  of  another    Inland:  I  intend  to  leave  you  on  my vessel. port side. When  in  sight  of  each Int’l:  I  am  altering  my  course  to other. starboard. 2  short  blasts Within  l/2  mile  of  another    Inland:  I  intend  to  leave  you  on  my vessel. starboard  side. When  in  sight  of  each Int’l:  I  am  altering  my  course  to other. port. 3 short blasts Within  l/2  mile  of  another Inland  and  Int’l:  I  am  operating vessel. astern  propulsion. 4-44

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