The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea state who has the right of way. Everyone below you on this list must give way to you. In Halifax, a container ship usually falls under #6
1. Not Under Command
2. Restricted in Ability to Manoeuvre
3. Constrained by Draught
5. Under Sail
6. Under Power
Lets also remember the Red Green Principle “Im in my van, he’s in his pinto, who has right of way?” – this principle is how merging works in NYC – im bigger so i have right of way.
Dont do this.. Despite what the colregs say, the Red green Principle wins.