Guest blog by Vincent PicaFinishing up the Rules for Prevention of Collision at Sea
Chief of Staff and District Commodore-elect, First District, Southern Region (D1SR)
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
As you can see below, we have now covered all the “Nav Rules”, i.e., the Rules to Prevent Collisions at Sea. As with all Rules, there are amendments or, as they are called with respect to the COLREGs, Annex’s. This column is to summarize these Annex’s and to further lay out what we did, when. Remember, if you want reprints of any or all of the columns on the COLREGs, you can email me at JoinUSCGAux@aol.com or go to directly to the pages via the links below... (continues after the photo)
Annex IAnnex I is about the proper positioning of lights. Again, it only applies to vessels in excess of 20 meters (~66 feet) but what is important to know is that things like the vertical spacing in the positioning of lights (for example, like delineating a fishing vessel) are set specifically so you don’t get confused by the bane of all skippers at night – shore lights… The Annex goes on to specify horizontal spacing in the position of lights as well as the specific sizes of the day shapes that commercial vessel use when it isn’t night time.
Annex IIWhile there are 14 separate sections to Annex I, Annex II reserves itself for additional signals for fishing vessels fishing in close proximity – a familiar issue even if we aren’t all commercial fishermen… In keeping with Annex I, it specifies what lights to use when shooting nets, hauling nets or trying to unfoul them from the bottom..!
Annex IIIOnce you’ve set the technical specs for lights and shapes, there aren’t many things left. One thing for sure is Sound Signal “Appliances”, i.e., your whistle, horn, bell or gong. And, here, the exemption size isn’t 20 meters (~66 feet), it is 12 meters (~39 feet.) That starts to get into “bay-sized” boats. The Annex specifies frequency, intensity and range that it is hearable over. Now, how are you supposed to measure that? You don’t. You install devices that are certified by the manufacturer that it meets or exceeds USCG standards…
Annex IVAnother technical specification is distress signals. Rule 36 and Rule 37 tie directly into this Annex. It specifies what distress signals are and what they are not…
Annex VHere is one where there is very little chance anybody reading this will care about… It is for Pilots – not the kind that fly planes but the kind that guide/assist large vessels into harbors. And this Annex refers only to situations with respect to the Inland Rules…
Well, there you have it. With this column and those listed below for your convenience, you have a solid grounding in “The Rules”, as they have been known to generations upon generations of mariners, even if we update them every so often for new facts, new findings, new disasters or new technology.
COLREGS – Column Dates and Subjects (USCG titles)
The links laid out in the table below open up PDF files that you should be able to print out, but if they don't work and you need a copy to print, please email Vincent at JoinUSCGAux@aol.com.
You can also find all the articles related to The Rules here on the Daily Boater by going clicking here or searching for The Rules tag.
|15-May-12||Rule 2 - Break All The Rules|
|22-May-12||Rule 5 - Look Out!|
|29-May-12||Rule 6 - Safe Speed?|
|5-Jun-12||Rules 7-8-9 - Narrow Channels|
|19-Jun-12||Rule 13 - Overtaking|
|26-Jun-12||Rule 14 - Head On|
|3-Jul-12||Rule 15 - Crossing|
|10-Jul-12||Rule 16-17 - Keep Clear|
|17-Jul-12||Rule 18 - Vessels in Sight of Each Other|
|31-Jul-12||Rule 19 - Restricted Visibility|
|7-Aug-12||Rules 20-21 - Lights and Shapes|
|15-Aug-12||Rules 22-23-24 - More Lights and Shapes|
|28-Aug-12||Rule 25 - Lights: Oars and Sails|
|4-Sep-12||Rule 26 - Lights: Fishing|
|11-Sep-12||Rule 27 - Lights: NUCs and RAMs|
|18-Sep-12||Rules 28-29-30-31 - Lights Wrap-Up|
|26-Sep-12||Rules 33-34 - Sounds Underway|
|2-Oct-12||Rule 35 - Sounds in Restricted Visibility|
|16-Oct-12||Rules 36-37 - Sounds under Distress|
|23-Oct-12||Rules: Wrap-up #1|
|13-Nov-12||Rules: Wrap-up #2|
BTW, if you are interested in being part of USCG Forces, email me at JoinUSCGAux@aol.com or go direct to the D1SR Human Resources department, who are in charge of new members matters, at DSO-HR and we will help you "get in this thing…"