Some people tend to have worries that traveling by boat may appear to be dangerous. The most often troubles that may happen on a board of water vehicle are collision, taking the ground, fire and sinking. According to the statistics the accidents on rivers happen more seldom than the ones in the sea. It sounds like a paradox but the safety of the river traffic is connected with its rules. A river is similar to a road and the vehicles keep to their lines. Moreover their captains arrange and corrects their tracks via portable radio sets. The boat which goes downstream has the right to go ahead. The one that goes against the current is to stop and let the previous one go. It is easier to stop for the boat that goes against the current and that’s why it has to wait until the head-on vehicle passes by. The captains of the river vehicles have to stop in front of the area where running ahead is prohibited. They inform the other captains that their vehicles are going to enter those zones for other boats to correct their tracks.
Taking the ground happens quite seldom and only in those cases when the captain makes a mistake. The passengers usually feel a sudden push and may fall down on the floor. The dishes usually break and the furniture moves in the cabins. If the boat only touched the bottom with the surface of its bulge there is no reason to worry. If a serious accident happens the passengers are evacuated from the vehicle and the rescue operation starts.
The most dangerous thing that may happen on board is fire. But the measures to prevent fire really work. The river vehicles can be totally burnt down in 25 minutes. But the cases of fire set on a river vehicle are extremely rare. The special equipment is aimed to prevent the starting fire.