Farwell's Rules of the Nautical Road / Edition 1

Farwell's Rules of the Nautical Road / Edition 1

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by Craig H. Allen

ISBN-10: 1591140080

ISBN-13: 9781591140085

Pub. Date: 11/28/2004

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

Professional mariners, military and civilian, will find this book to be an invaluable reference in understanding the rules of the road and the role these rules play in managing the risk of collision. The author provides a thorough commentary on the rules and an analysis of collision cases involving abuse of the rules. Maritime attorneys and judges will find the…  See more details below


Professional mariners, military and civilian, will find this book to be an invaluable reference in understanding the rules of the road and the role these rules play in managing the risk of collision. The author provides a thorough commentary on the rules and an analysis of collision cases involving abuse of the rules. Maritime attorneys and judges will find the book continues to be an indispensable reference on collision law as Craig Allen provides a mariner's insight into how the rules apply in context and their application by the courts and administrative tribunals. This new edition completely revises chapters on the rules pertaining to good seamanship and special circumstances and on restricted visibility, and it vastly expands coverage of the narrow channel rule, traffic separation schemes, and the application of the rules to high-speed craft. It also extensively revises materials on the look out and risk of collision responsibilities to update coverage on radar and ARPA and to address new technologies, such as integrated bridge systems, automatic identification systems, voyage data recorders and the increasingly active role of VTS. The first update in ten years, the eighth edition upholds and even surpasses the standards set over the past sixty years of the guide's publication.

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Table of Contents

1History of the nautical rules of the road1
2Collision law in the United States23
3Rule applicability, definitions, structure, and construction55
4The rule of good seamanship and the general prudential rule87
5Lookout, radar systems, and watchstanding129
6The safe speed rule175
7Risk of collision207
8Action to avoid collision242
9Responsibilities in narrow channels and fairways280
10Responsibilities in managed waterways : TTS and VTS321
11Responsibilities based on vessel type, status, or employment346
12The head-on situation361
13The overtaking situation396
14The crossing situation429
15Responsibilities in restricted visibility451
16Lights and shapes484
17Sound and light signals518
App. AInternational regulations for preventing collisions at sea (1972 COLREGS)545
App. BInland navigation rules580
App. CInterpretive rules for 1972 COLREGS and inland navigation rules609
App. DDemarcation lines between COLREGS and inland rules waters611
App. EBridge-to-bridge radiotelephone regulations634
App. FSTCW watchstanding provisions639
App. GSelected navigation safety advisory council resolutions652

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Farwell¿s Rules of the Nautical Road By Craig H. Allen Naval Institute Press Annapolis, Md. 2005 671 pages By Jim Austin Rarely does the subject of a work become synonymous with the author¿s name, but in the maritime world, Bowditch, Dutton, Knight and Farwell have traditionally defined their subjects. With its first edition in 1941, Farwell became a standard reference for mariners and maritime attorneys alike. The Naval Institute Press, under the authorship of Craig H. Allen, has recently published its eighth edition. Bringing both blue water and courtroom experience to his subject, University of Washington Professor of Maritime Law and retired Coast Guard Captain Craig H. Allen is a licensed master mariner, a fellow in the Nautical Institute, a member of the Royal Institute of Navigation and the U.S. Maritime Law Association. Professor Allen is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington and in the Ninth and Federal Circuits, the Court of International Trade, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and U.S. Supreme Court. As hull speeds increased and technology expanded, the rules were steaming to catch up and in fact it wasn¿t until the advent of the 1972 ColRegs that the navigation rules adequately dealt with radar. Traffic separation schemes 'TSS' designed to reduce collisions have generated choke points as GPS-assisted passage planning funnels vessels together at their terminations high-speed craft can now outrun the period of their restricted visibility signals reduction in manning levels in the face of increasing demands on the bridge team, along with the flood of information technology, already threatens to overwhelm a watch. These are just some of the situations that illustrate the increased demands on mariners. It is no longer enough that they know the rules. They must also understand their application as well as their legal interpretation by the courts. Recognizing this, Allen organizes the subject by reminding the reader that in essence, the problem of collision prevention is one of: ¿ risk detection: where is the contact, what is it doing and where is it going? ¿ communication: passing the information to those who must evaluate it ¿ assessment: considering all information available ¿ what is the risk and what do I do? ¿ measures taken: doing it. An example is the 45-page chapter on ¿Lookout, Radar Systems and Watchkeeping,¿ underscoring the fact that the ¿lookout function¿ embraces many more data sources than simply ¿eyes¿ in meeting the demands of risk detection. It does so by putting the requirements of Safe Speed 'Rule 6', Risk of Collision 'Rule 7' and Action to Avoid Collision 'Rule 8' within the rubric of Rule 5 'Lookout'. Expanded coverage of rules pertaining to Narrow Channels 'including the nebulous phrase ¿not-to-impede¿', Traffic Separation Schemes, AIS and ARPA, and the 73 pages devoted specifically to ¿Risk of Collision¿ and ¿Action to Avoid Collision¿ alone would be worth the price of the book. Recurrent references to ¿situational ambiguity¿ 'in which the maneuver by one vessel is negated by the conflicting maneuver by another' emphasize just how common a phenomenon is. The nature of the problem is illustrated by the two most threatening approaches by one vessel upon another ¿ that from the starboard bow and starboard quarter. Throughout the book, reminder of the ever-popular Pennsylvania Rule¿s sinister presence is made, to wit: ¿if a ship at the time of collision is in violation of a statutory rule, that violation is deemed to be at least a contributory cause of the collision, with that presumption being only rebuttable by proof that the violation could not have been a cause of the collision.¿ Happily, the author points out that this presumption of cause 'based upon a statutory violation' can be challenged from a number of directions, one of which is typified by a decision of the Fifth Circuit, ¿the Pennsylvania rule applies only