Fog in Newport, RI harbor
The other night/morning the fog here was particularly thick. Maybe a few hundred feet of visibility. We could hear a couple of ship's fog horns from our boat when we woke up. Wondering who was out there I turned on the nav system and AIS and saw at least six cargo ships anchored in the area. Two were centered on the channel near the Pell bridge. Some were outbound, some inbound, per their AIS info. It seems odd to me that none would be moving as we have fog here all the time and the ships rarely even slow down, much less anchor.
So my question is, is there some sort of rule or regulation that forces them to anchor when the visibility gets really bad? Maybe the pilot boats refused to come out? Just a coincidence that all six captains chose to anchor? Company policy? Anybody know?