Originally Posted by Old deckhand
Please note that I was responding to your post (#52) in which it appeared to me that you were comparing US and Canada only. Perhaps I miss read your post to include other areas.
You're right Ken, I was. I was unaware that other countries, i.e. Japan, Korea and Philippines and Taiwan, also followed the Nth & Sth American convention. Still, when there are ~ 195 countries in the world, one wonders why with something like this, where ships do visit so many other countries, and there are a lot less buoys and beacons than traffic lights, and no white lines to mark, why they didn't all just adopt one truly international convention re channels and buoys..?
The latter comment addressing Spy's comment as follows...
Two regions, A and B. Pre-existing bouyage. That would be like forcing everyone to drive on the same side of the road. Expensive to change.