RULE 6 Safe Speed
Every vessel shall at all times proceed at a safe speed so that shecan take proper and effective action to avoid collision and be stoppedwithin a distance appropriate to the prevailing circumstances andconditions.In determining a safe speed the following factors shall be amongthose taken into account:
(a) By all vessels:
(i) the state of visibility;
(ii) the traffic density including concentrations of fishing vesselsor any other vessels;
(iii) the maneuverability of the vessel with special referenceto stopping distance and turning ability in the prevailing conditions;
(iv) at night, the presence of background light such as fromshore lights or from back scatter of her own lights;
(v) the state of wind, sea and current, and the proximity ofnavigational hazards;
(vi) the draft in relation to the available depth of water.
(b) Additionally, by vessels with operational radar:
(i) the characteristics, efficiency and limitations of the radarequipment;
(ii) any constraints imposed by the radar range scale in use;
(iii) the effect on radar detection of the sea state, weatherand other sources of interference;
(iv) the possibility that small vessels, ice and other floatingobjects may not be detected by radar at an adequate range;
(v) the number, location and movement of vessels detectedby radar;
(vi) the more exact assessment of the visibility that may bepossible when radar is used to determine the range of vesselsor other objects in the vicinity.
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