Sailor of Fortune wrote:
One thing that is done in the Houston ship channel that isn't done anywhere else (that I know of) is "Texas Chicken". ships that meet in the channel steer their course until a certain distance apart (1/2 mile ? and then alter course 10 degrees stbd until 1/4 mile away and then turn towards the other ship.*
*I am pretty sure it is only 3-4 degrees. *10 would put them into the side of the channel and bounce off in short order. *That is another deal in Houston. *I think the channel is only smething like 350ft wide. *It is 10ft deep outside of the channel. *Whereas most ports have plenty of width so that is not the issue....and thus no need ofr "The Texas Chicken".
PS...Steve told me that the Columbia River Bar Pilots actually have to recruit to get people to work there....