Rule of the Road
Part A GENERAL
Rule 1 Application
Rule 2 Responsibility
Rule 3 General definitions
Part B STEERING AND SAILING RULES
Section 1 Conduct of vessels in any condition of visibility
Rule 4 Application
Rule 5 Look-out
Rule 6 Safe speed
Rule 7 Risk of collision
Rule 8 Action to avoid collision
Rule 9 Narrow channels
Rule 10 Traffic separation schemes
Section 2 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
Section 3 Conduct of vessels in restricted visibility
Rule 19 Conduct of vessels in restricted visibility.
PART C LIGHTS AND SHAPES
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 under way and vessels under oars
Rule 26 Fishing vessels
Rule 27 Vessels not under command or restricted in their ability to manoeuvre
Rule 28 Vessels constrained by their draft
Rule 29 Pilot vessels
Rule 30 Anchored vessels and vessels aground
Rule 31 Seaplanes
SOUND and LIGHT SIGNALS
Rule 32 Definitions
Rule 33 Equipment for sound signals
Rule 34 Manoeuvring and warning signals
Rule 35 Sound signals in restricted visibility
Rule 36 Signals to attract attention (avoid strobes)
Rule 37 Distress signals (use the signals in annex IV)
PART E EXEMPTIONS
Rule 38 Exemptions
ANNEX I POSITIONING AND TECHNICAL DETAILS OF LIGHT 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
FROM MGN 71 (M)
General Alarm is the signal for summoning all the crew and pax if carried to their assembly or muster station. It’s seven (7) or more short blasts followed by a long one. on the whistle or siren.
Each crew member must participate in at least one fire drill every month.. Full participation and pre-briefings should be encouraged at emergency scenario drills.
Each crew member must participate in at least one abandon ship drill and one fire drill every month. These drills must be held within 24 hours of leaving port in more than 25% of the crew have not taken part in drills onboard the ship in the previous month. If a full drill is not practical then a muster and briefing session should be held and a drill held as soon as you can. Passy boats MUST hold a fire drill and an abandon ship drill every week (one a month for each crew member).
Pax and crew should wear lifejackets to drills, can remove them if they would be a hindrance to their duties.
Afire or other emergency drill should be held simultaneously with the first part of the abandon ship drill. Scenarios should be varied and realistic. Training of all is important, a different crew member should release a fire extinguisher in rotation, closure methods, alarm points BA etc. should be used and the crew be familiar with it all.
Monthly testing of
ALL escape routes stairways and corridors
The PA system and ship’s alarms are serviceable
ALL fixed FF installation valves are set in the operational position
Sprinkler systems are pressured levelled and ready.
All fire pumps are operational
No gas leakage’s from fixed systems.
PASSENGER ships also require drills and inspections and training of people reference to Closing of Doors/side scuttles/and Other openings.
Lifeboat engines should be run for at least 3 minutes where practical.
Life boats manoeuvred in the water at least once every three months.
Free Fall boats launched at least once every 6 months. (MCA may give extension to 12 months)
RESCUE BOATS Launched every month with their normal crew, interval between drills must NOT exceed 3 months.
Davit launched life-raft training should take place at intervals not exceeding 4 months.
Training manuals must be in each mess-room / rec. room
Weekly ++++++++ Survival craft, rescue boats, launching appliances. Rescue boat and lifeboat engines must be run every week; GENERAL EMERGENCY alarm must also be tested weekly.
Monthly ++++++++ ALL LSA including lifeboat and rescue boat equipment.
Decision support system