During the day, the South China Sea is a relatively placid place with the shipping traffic pretty well behaved so just when you think you'll have a peaceful night's sleep!.. Well, the worlds fleets seem to descend upon you!
This screen grab was from an area off the tip of Malaysia in what was formerly a place of no activity! Luckily for us the weather was good but if we'd encountered any storms it would have been a whole lot more challenging!
At first glance you wonder how you will ever make it through the lot. This happens to be an anchorage where vessels lay over until Singapore Port can receive them. The surprise package was the vessels moving without any signal or lights!
If you are transiting the South China Sea, make sure you stand a good watch and preferrably have a good radar!