Definition of a Lookout Man
A lookout man or just a lookout is a person on a ship in charge of the observation of the sea for hazards, other ships, land, etc. Lookouts report anything they see and/or hear. When reporting contacts, lookouts give information such as the bearing of the object, which way the object is headed, target and position angles and what the contact is. Lookouts should be thoroughly familiar with the various types of distress signals they may encounter at sea. Lookouts have been traditionally placed in high on masts, in crow´s nests and tops.
The International Regulation for Preventing Collisions at Sea (1972) says in part: Every vessel must at all times keep a proper lookout by sight (day shape or lights, by eyes or visual aids), hearing (sound signal or Marine VHF radio) and all other available means (Radar, ARPA, AIS, GMDSS, etc.) in order to judge if risk of collision exists.
(Source: The Free Dictionary)
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