The "Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea" (with Canadian modifications) govern principally the conduct of vessels in Canadian waters, and must be followed by all vessels. These regulations are necessary if vessels are to be operated with safety and confidence under all conditions. The safety of fishing vessels is just as dependent on the strict observance of these regulations as is the safety of other craft.
These regulations cover navigation lights and shapes, fog signals, radar reflectors, steering and sailing rules, maneuvering signals and distress signals. They apply to vessels of every size and description. Those in charge of any type of craft should know what light to carry, what the lights carried by other vessels mean, at what speed to proceed, what sound signals to make when maneuvering or in low visibility, how to meet an oncoming vessel, how to overtake, when to keep out of the way, when to maintain course, speed and so forth.
To show at a glance the minimum lights and signals required under the regulations referred to above, the following lists have been made for fishing vessels of various tonnages, lengths and types. It should be noted that this equipment must be in accordance with the standards set forth in the appropriate regulations.