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Changes to the Nav Rules

I finally have received my updated copy of the Rules of the Road version M16672.2D. I ran a partial update in January of this year and promised to keep you informed as to more changes. This update should be comprehensive and is based on recommendations of substantial revisions to the nav rules as provided by the USCG . . . . Capt. Matt

Changes include the following:

Inland Rules:

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(changes or noted in red)
OLD:
Rule 9 (e) (i) - In a narrow channel or fairway when overtaking, the power-driven vessel intending to overtake another power-driven vessel shall indicate her intention by sounding the appropriate signal prescribed in Rule 34(c) and take steps to permit safe passing. The power-driven vessel being overtaken vessel, if in agreement, shall sound the same signal and may, if specifically agreed to take steps to permit safe passing. If in doubt she shall sound the danger signal prescribed in Rule 34(d).

Rule 9 (e) (i) - In a narrow channel or fairway when overtaking, the vessel intending to overtake shall indicate her intention by sounding the appropriate signal prescribed in Rule 34(c) and take steps to permit safe passing. The overtaken vessel, if in agreement, shall sound the same signal. If in doubt she shall sound the danger signal prescribed in Rule 34(d).

15 (b) - Notwithstanding paragraph (a), on the Great Lakes, Western Rivers, or waters specified by the Secretary a power-driven vessel crossing a river shall keep out of the way of a power-driven vessel ascending or descending the river.

15 (b) - Notwithstanding paragraph (a), on the Great Lakes, Western Rivers, or waters specified by the Secretary a vessel crossing a river shall keep out of the way of a power-driven vessel ascending or descending the river.

23 (a) (i) - a masthead light forward;

23 (a) (i) - a masthead light forward; except that a vessel of less than 20 meters in length need not exhibit this light forward of amidships but shall exhibit it as far forward as is practicable.

24 (f) (ii) - a vessel being towed alongside shall exhibit a sternlight and at the forward end, sidelights, and a special flashing light. 24 (f) (ii) - a vessel being towed alongside shall exhibit a sternlight and at the forward end, sidelights.
24 (f) (iii) - when vessels are towed alongside on both sides of the towing vessels a sternlight shall be exhibited on the stern of the outboard vessel on each side of the towing vessel, and a single set of sidelights as far forward and as far outboard as is practicable, and a single special flashing light.
24 (f) (iii) - Did not exist
26 (b) (i)  - two all-round lights in a vertical line, the upper being green and the lower white, or a shape consisting of two cones with their apexes together in a vertical line one above the other; 26 (b) (i) - two all-round lights in a vertical line, the upper being green and the lower white, or a shape consisting of two cones with their apexes together in a vertical line one above the other; a vessel of less than 20 meters in length may instead of this shape exhibit a basket;
26 (c) (i) - two all-round lights in a vertical line, the upper being red and the lower white, or a shape consisting of two cones with apexes together in a vertical line one above the other; 26 (c) (i) - two all-round lights in a vertical line, the upper being red and the lower white, or a shape consisting of two cones with apexes together in a vertical line one above the other; a vessel of less than 20 meters in length may instead of this shape exhibit a basket;
26 (d) - The additional signals described in Annex II to these Rules apply to a vessels engaged in fishing in close proximity to other vessels engaged in fishing. 26 (d) - A vessel engaged in fishing in close proximity to other vessels engaged in fishing may exhibit the additional signals described in Annex II to these Rules.
34 (h) - A vessel that reaches agreement with another vessel in a head-on, crossing, or overtaking situation, as for example, by using the radiotelephone as prescribed by the Vessel Bridge-to-Bridge Radiotelephone Act (85 Stat. 164; 33 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.), is not obliged to sound the whistle signals prescribed by this Rule, but may do so. If agreement is not reached, then whistle signals shall be exchanged in a timely manner and shall prevail. 34 (h) - A vessel that reaches agreement with another vessel in a meeting, crossing, or overtaking situation by using the radiotelephone as prescribed by the Bridge-to-Bridge Radiotelephone Act (85 Stat. 165; 33 U.S.C. 1207), is not obliged to sound the whistle signals prescribed by this Rule, but may do so. If agreement is not reached, then whistle signals shall be exchanged in a timely manner and shall prevail.
Annex I Sec. 84.01 (b) - High-speed craft means a craft capable of maximum speed in meters per second (m/s) equal to or exceeding: 3.7Ñ0.1667; where Ñ = displacement corresponding to the design waterline (meters3).
Annex I Sec. 84.01 (b) - This old section referring to "practical cut-off" was advanced to 84.01 (c) and the new language was inserted for 84.01 (b).
Annex I Sec. 84.17 (c) - If it is impracticable to comply  with paragraph (b) of this section by exhibiting only one all-round light, two all-round lights shall be used suitably positioned or screened to appear, as far as practicable, as one light at a minimum distance of one nautical mile.

NOTE to paragraph (c): Two unscreened all-round lights that are 1.28 meters apart or less will appear as one light to the naked eye at a distance of one nautical mile.

Annex I Sec. 84.17 (c) - Did not exist
Annex V Sec. 88.13 (b) and (c) -

(b) Barges described in paragraph (a) shall carry two unobstructed all-round white lights of an intensity to be visible for at least one nautical mile and meeting the technical requirements as prescribed in § 84.15 of this chapter.

(c) A barge or a group of barges at anchor or made fast to one or more mooring buoys or other similar device, in lieu of the provisions of Inland Navigation Rule 30, may carry unobstructed all-round white lights of an intensity to be visible for at least one nautical mile and meeting the technical requirements as prescribed in § 84.15 of this chapter and shall be arranged as follows:

  (1) Any barge that projects from a group formation, shall be lighted on its outboard corners.

  (2) On a single barge moored in water where other vessels normally navigate on both sides of the barge, lights shall be placed to mark the corner extremities of the barge.

  (3) On barges moored in group formation, moored in water where other vessels normally navigate on both sides of the group, lights shall be placed to mark the corner extremities of the group.

 

Annex V Sec. 88.13 (b) and (c) -

(b) Barges described in paragraph (a) shall carry two unobstructed white lights of an intensity to be visible for at least one mile on a clear dark night, and arranged as follows:

(1) On a single moored barge, lights shall be placed on the two corners farthest from the bank or dock.
(2) On barges moored in group formation, a light shall be placed on each of the upstream and downstream ends of the group, on the corners farthest from the bank or dock.
(3) Any barge in a group, projecting from the main body of the group toward the channel, shall be lighted as a single barge.


(c) Barges moored in any slip or slough which is used primarily for mooring purposes are exempt from the lighting requirements of this section.

International Rules:

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OLD:

Annex II Sec. 2 (c) - A vessel of less than 20 meters in length engaged in trawling, whether using demersal or pelagic gear, or engaged in pair trawling, may exhibit the lights prescribed in paragraphs (s) or (b) of this section, as appropriate. Annex II Sec. 2 (c) - Did not exist

 

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