Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook: International-Inland

Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook: International-Inland

by U.S. Coast Guard


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From the United States Department of Transportation and the United States Coast Guard, the official, legally required handbook for every boat owner—covering safety, collision avoidance, towing and pushing, and more.

Navigation Rules and Regulations fulfills the legal requirement to have a copy of these guidelines on your vessel at all times. 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 avoid 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: 9781510735170
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 581,714
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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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