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Old 08-22-2015, 10:59 AM   #46
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Cardude wrote: "I met two giant tankers on the ICW around Port Arthur and tried to get them on the radio to find out where I should go, but got no answer. Think I was on 16.

What's the protocol? I finally got one of the tug captains to answer
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Workboats in confined waters generally maintain their principal radio watch on Channel 13. That's the best channel on which to hail a commercial vessel to negotiate passing. Everyone should monitor 16 as well, but in busy ports or waterways, that channel is so often cluttered with random traffic that watchstanders turn the volume way down, if they even leave it on.
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