Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook: International-Inland

Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook: International-Inland

by US Coast Guard

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The official and legally required handbook for every boat owner.

Navigation Rules and Regulations fulfills the legal requirement to have a copy of these guidelines on your vessel at all times. Newly updated to accommodate the most recent changes to marine law and standard operating procedure, this handbook provides the Coast Guard's official rules for operating your boat in international and domestic waters. It will serve as a complete reference for:

  • Steering and sailing in all levels of visibility, including how to avoiding collisions
  • Conduct when another boat is in sight, including navigating in head-on and crossing situations
  • Requirements for flags, shapes, and lights, and how to identify other vessels
  • Sending and receiving sound and light signals from other ships, such as distress signals

    The Inland General Rules included in this handbook require that "the operator of each self-propelled vessel 12 meters or more in length shall carry, on board and maintain for ready reference, a copy of these Rules." Operate your vessel safely and legally with the latest Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook.
  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781510735187
    Publisher: Skyhorse
    Publication date: 06/26/2018
    Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Format: NOOK Book
    Pages: 208
    Sales rank: 569,279
    File size: 6 MB

    About the Author

    The U.S. Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the U.S. military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission (with jurisdiction in both domestic and international waters) and a federal regulatory agency mission as part of its mission set. It protects the personal safety and security of the American people; the marine transportation system and infrastructure; the country's natural and economic resources; and the territorial integrity of the nation—from both internal and external threats, natural and man-made. It protects these interests in U.S. ports, inland waterways, along the coasts, and on international waters.

    Table of Contents

    Introduction i

    Legal Citations iii

    Conversion Table iv

    Navigation Rules and Regulations International and Inland Navigation Rules

    Part A Subpart A-General

    Rule 1 Application 2

    Rule 2 Responsibility 4

    Rule 3 General Definitions 6

    Part B Subpart B-Steering and Sailing Rules

    Section I Conduct of Vessels in Any Condition of Visibility

    Rule 4 Application 10

    Rule 5 Look-out 10

    Rule 6 Safe Speed 12

    Rule 7 Risk of Collision 14

    Rule 8 Action to Avoid Collision 16

    Rule 9 Narrow Channels 18

    Rule 10 Traffic Separation Schemes 20

    Section II Conduct of Vessels in Sight of One Another

    Rule 11 Application 22

    Rule 12 Sailing Vessels 22

    Rule 13 Overtaking 24

    Rule 14 Head-on Situation 24

    Rule 15 Crossing Situation 26

    Rule 16 Action by Give-way Vessel 26

    Rule 17 Action by Stand-on Vessel 26

    Rule 18 Responsibilities between Vessels 28

    Section III Conduct of Vessels in Restricted Visibility

    Rule 19 Conduct of Vessels in Restricted Visibility 30

    Part C Subpart C-Lights and Shapes

    Rule 20 Application 32

    Rule 21 Definitions 34

    Rule 22 Visibility of Lights 36

    Rule 23 Power-driven Vessels Underway 38

    Rule 24 Towing and Pushing 46

    Rule 25 Sailing Vessels Underway and Vessels Under Oars 60

    Rule 26 Fishing Vessels 68

    Rule 27 Vessels Not Under Command or Restricted in Their Ability to Maneuver 74

    Rule 28 Vessels Constrained by Their Draft / [Reserved] 86

    Rule 29 Pilot Vessels 88

    Rule 30 Anchored Vessels and Vessels Aground / Anchored vessels, aground and moored barges 90

    Rule 31 Seaplanes 96

    Part D Subpart D-Sound and Light Signals

    Rule 32 Definitions 96

    Rule 33 Equipment for Sound Signals 96

    Rule 34 Maneuvering and Warning Signals 98

    Rule 35 Sound Signals in Restricted Visibility 102

    Rule 36 Signals to Attract Attention 104

    Rule 37 Distress Signals 106

    Part E Subpart E-Exemptions

    Rule 38 Exemptions 108

    Annexes - International and Inland Navigation Rules

    Annex I Positioning and Technical Details of lights and Shapes 112

    Annex II Additional Signals for Fishing Vessels Fishing in Close Proximity / [Reserved] 126

    Annex III Technical Details of Sound Signal Appliances 128

    Annex IV Distress Signals 134

    Annex V [Blank] / Pilot Rules 137

    Interpretative Rules

    Composite Units, Moored Vessels, and Unmanned Barges 138

    Penalty Provisions 140

    Implementing Rules

    Certificate of Alternative Compliance-International & Inland 142

    Waters Upon Which Inland Rules 9(a)(ii), 14(d), 15(b) and 24(i) Apply 145

    Colregs Demarcation Lines 146

    Operations of Vessels Generally

    Penalties for Negligent Operations and Interfering with Safe Operations 158

    Duties Related to Marine Casualty Assistance and Information 159

    Post Serious Marine Casualty Alcohol Testing 160

    Duty to Provide Assistance at Sea 160

    Injunctions 160

    Vessel Reporting Requirements 160

    Limitation of Liability for Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service Pilots 161

    Vessel Bridge-To-Bridge Radiotelephone Regulations 162

    Vessel Traffic Management 167

    Table 161.12(c) - VTS and VMRS Centers, Call Signs/MMSI, Designated Frequencies, and Monitoring 187

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