Navigating Safely

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Rules of the Road

The Rules of the Road apply when one vessel approaches another, and determine what each vessel must do.

The best defence against collision is keeping a proper lookout at all times by sight and hearing.

Meeting Another Vessel Head-On

two power-driven vessels meeting head-on.

If two power-driven vessels meet head-on, both must give way by altering their course to starboard.   

two fishing vessels meeting head-on.

If two fishing vessels meet head-on, both must give way by altering their course to starboard.

a power-driven vessel and a vessel engaged in fishing meeting head-on.

If a power-driven vessel meets a vessel engaged in fishing head-on, the power-driven vessel must give way. The fishing vessel should maintain its course and speed.  

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