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Section 3: Navigation


3.1 Collision Regulations: The Master shall at all times comply with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 (as such regulations are amended or replaced from time to time).

3.2 Speed Limit: Every vessel navigating the Harbour shall unless otherwise authorised by the Harbour Master in writing, subject to the requirements of the Collision Regulations and maintaining adequate steerage way and control, be navigating at a speed not exceeding 6 knots through the water.

3.3 The speed limit set out in Direction 3.2 is the maximum permitted speed allowed. Complying with the maximum permitted speed will not exonerate the owner, Master or crew of any vessel from the responsibility of reducing speed as necessary in the observance of normal practice of safe seamanship. This includes but is not limited to when passing mooring trots, pontoons, vessels alongside quays, jetties or pontoons, and vessels engaged in maritime works. Vessels shall at all times be navigated with care and caution and in such a manner so as not endanger the safety of other persons or cause nuisance to the occupants of any other vessel, person or property.

3.4 Wash: A vessel shall not be navigated or manoeuvred in any part of the Harbour in a manner or at a speed so as to cause wash to be generated that may cause damage to or endanger the safety of other persons, vessels or property.

3.5 General Direction 3.2 shall not apply to any vessel on any occasion when it is being used by the Police, Fire Service or RNLI or other recognised rescue or patrol craft in an emergency situation. Further General Direction 3.2 shall not apply to any vessel being used by the Harbour Master in an emergency situation or for the purposes of enforcing these General Directions, any Special Directions or the Byelaws.

3.6 Navigating whilst under influence of drink or drugs: A person shall not navigate any vessel in the Harbour whilst under the influence of drink or drugs to such an extent as to be incapable of taking proper control of the vessel.

3.7 No Master or owner of a vessel shall knowingly cause or permit any person to navigate or attempt to navigate the vessel in contravention with Direction 3.6.

3.8 Departing marina, berths or moorings: The Master of a vessel preparing to leave a berth or mooring within the Harbour shall give way to vessels underway.

3.9 Small vessels not to obstruct fairway: The Master of a small vessel which is not constrained by its draft to navigate only in the fairway shall not make use of the fairway so as to cause obstruction to other vessels which can navigate only within the fairway.

3.10 Reporting incident or collision: The Master of any vessel shall forthwith, and certainly within 24 hours, report to the Harbour Master any collision in the harbour in which the vessel is involved, and complete an incident report form as required by the Harbour Master, save that this Direction shall not apply to any collision between sailing dinghies or between sailing dinghies and safety boats if no significant damage, or personal injury requiring the attendance of emergency services, is incurred. If a vessel under tow has been involved in any collision within the Harbour, the Master of the towing vessel shall also have responsibility to advise the Harbour Master as aforesaid.

3.11 The Master of a vessel which has sunk or grounded in the Harbour shall immediately advise the Harbour Master of its position and any other particulars he may require for the safety of navigation. If a vessel under tow has sunk or grounded the Master of the towing vessel shall also have responsibility to advise the Harbour Master as aforesaid.

3.12 The owner or Master of a vessel which has been abandoned or has gone adrift or is missing from her moorings in the Harbour shall notify the Harbour Master of the relevant facts (to include date, time and circumstances) as soon as practicable after the owner or Master, as appropriate, becomes aware of the event.

3.13 The Master of any vessel colliding with or cutting adrift a navigation mark or mooring buoy, or running into, fouling or damaging any such mark buoy, mooring buoy or other seamark shall immediately report the incident to the Harbour Master.

3.14 Unseaworthy vessel: No person shall cause a vessel in an unsafe or unseaworthy condition to navigate the Harbour except as necessary for that vessel’s safety and that of her crew, and she shall then proceed to such place as may be indicated by the Harbour Master.

3.15 Due care for vessels engaged in work: The Master of a vessel shall navigate his vessel with due care and caution and at a speed and in such manner as not to cause injury to or endanger the lives of persons engaged in the laying or retrieving of moorings, navigational works, dredging works, salvage or construction works or underwater work.

3.16 Lights, impeding safe navigation: Except in the interests of safe and proper navigation no lights, including lasers or other bright lights shall be used in a manner which causes nuisance to or affects safe navigation.

3.17 Pyrotechnics: Except in instances of distress or safety of proper navigation, pyrotechnics shall not be used within the Harbour without the written consent of the Harbour Master, for which application must be made in writing not less than fourteen days before the intended occasion.