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Handbook of the Nautical Rules of the Road


Year: 1991
Language: english
Author: Llana C.B.
Genre: Handbook
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
ISBN: 978-1557505040
Format: PDF
Quality: Scanned pages
Pages count: 226
Description: Welcome to the new on-line Handbook of the Nautical Rules of the Road. This publication first went into print in 1986; a second edition was published in 1991.
The Naval Institute Press for years had two competing navigation rules books in print: this one and Farwell's. In the interest of their bottom line, they have elected to retain only one (Farwell's).
As a result, we the authors have regained full rights to the the Handbook and are making it available to mariners everywhere for free. We are now also able to incorporate updates and enhancements that the publisher was unwilling to undertake.
We would like to thank the thousands of mariners who since 1986 bought, used, and recommended the Handbook of the Nautical Rules of the Road. We hope you continue to get good use of this on-line edition.
Initially this web-based third edition will include only text, updated to incorporate rule changes through 1998. As time and resources allow, we will further update our text to reflect the current state of the rules, and begin to add illustrations. At some point we may add new sections (for example, analyses of significant historical collisions).
The organization of this web site will initially follow that of the print editions. The table of contents page will contain links to separate web pages for each rule. It has been necessary to re-type everything to put it on the web, and this work is not yet done. Please be patient while we finish entering the rest. We are getting no revenue from this site (although advertisers are welcome) and have other demands on our time.
After all the text has been entered, we will insert internal links to sections of referenced related rules. Later there will be links from the discussion to relevant illustrations.
Text will be black on a white background to facilitate printing. Readers may print any portion of this site for their own personal use, without prior permission. No commercial use of any original material in this web site may be made without express permission from the authors.
We hope you get some benefit from this. May your days see fair weather and your fine vessels never go bump in the night!

Contents

Table of Contents
Prefaces to Second and First Editions
A Short History of the Rules
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Part A - General
Rule 1 - Application
Rule 2 - Responsibility
Rule 3 - General Definitions
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Part B - Steering and Sailing Rules
Of the five parts in the Rules, Part B is by far the most important. The very heart of the Rules, it prescribes precautions and duties the master should observe in detecting and assessing the risk of collision. It then mandates the action to be taken as soon as the risk materializes.
Because the visibility around a vessel is so critical in avoiding collision, the Steering and Sailing Rules contain different requirements for different conditions of visibility. Part B's Rules are diveded into three sections (called "subparts" in the Inland Rules): the first applies to vessels in all conditions of visibility; the second only to vessels in sight of one another; and the third to vessels in or near areas of restricted visibility.
SECTION/SUBPART I - Conduct of Vessels in Any Condition of Visibility
Rule 4 - Application
Rule 5 - Lookout
Rule 6 - Safe Speed
Rule 7 - Risk of Collision
Rule 8 - Action to Avoid Collision
Rule 9 - Narrow Channels
Rule 10 - Traffic Separation Schemes / Vessel Traffic Services
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SECTION/SUBPART II - Conduct of Vessels in Sight of One Another
Rule 11 - Application
Rule 12 - Sailing Vessels
Rule 13 - Overtaking
Rule 14 - Head-on Situation
Rule 15 - Crossing Situation
Rule 16 - Action by Give-way Vessel
Rule 17 - Action by Stand-on Vessel
Rule 18 - Responsibilities Between Vessels
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SECTION/SUBPART III - Conduct of Vessels in Restricted Visibility
Rule 19 - Conduct of Vessels in Restricted Visibility
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Part C - Lights and Shapes
Navigation lights are a critical part of obeying the Steering and Sailing Rules at night. If you have ever passed close by a vessel operating without lights, you have no doubt gained some appreciation for them. But beware; the navigation light arrangements that are so neatly illustrated in books will likely not be nearly so clear in real life. A masthead light will appear before sidelights; dim colored lights may look the same as white lights. A single white light could be a masthead light of one vessel type, a stern light of another, an anchor light, a practical deck light on a fishing trawler, an airplane's landing light, or a motorcycle idling on a dark pier. Don't make assumptions. The ambiguities you recognize as such probably won't kill you, but the ones you don't could very well ruin your evening.
Part C of the Rules defines several types of navigation lights, specifies the minimum ranges, and gives the combination of lights that identifies each vessel by size, type, function, and activity. Annex I to the Rules provides technical details of performance and positioning that are essential for the manufacturers of navigation lights but less useful for the mariner.
Part C also sets out the requirements for shapes, which convey information about a vessel, its situation, or its activity that would not be obvious even by day. The technical details on shape size, color, and spacing are contained in Annex I.
Rule 20 - Application
Rule 21 - Definitions
Rule 22 - Visibility of Lights
Rule 23 - Power-driven Vessels Underway
Rule 24 - Towing and Pushing
Rule 25 - Sailing Vessels Underway and Vessels Under Oars
Rule 26 - Navigation Lights for Fishing Vessels
Rule 27 - Vessels Not Under Command or Restricted in Their Ability to Maneuver
Rule 28 - Vessels Constrained by Their Draft
Rule 29 - Pilot Vessels
Rule 30 - Anchored Vessels and Vessels Aground
Rule 31 - Seaplanes
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Part D - Sound and Light Signals
Part D contains the Rules for mandatory and voluntary signals., particularly sound signals--maneuvering signals and "fog" signals--and other signalling means as well.
Rule 32 - Definitions
Rule 33 - Equipment for Sound Signals
Rule 34 - Maneuvering and Warning Signals
Rule 35 - Sound Signals in Restricted Visibility
Rule 36 - Signals to Attract Attention
Rule 37 - Distress Signals
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Part E - Exemptions
Rule 38 - Exemptions
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ANNEXES
Annex I - Positioning and Technical Details of Lights and Shapes
Annex II - Additional Signals for Fishing Vessels Fishing in Close Proximity
Annex III - Technical Details of Sound Signal Appliances
Annex IV - Distress Signals
Annex V - Pilot Rules
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Appendices to This Handbook
Appendix I - Implementing Rules (Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations)
Appendix II - Interpretative Rules (Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations)
Appendix III - Summary of Vessel Traffic Service Regulations (Part 161, Subpart B, Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations)
Appendix IV - 2001 Amendments to the International Rules

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