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The Merchant Shipping (Distress Signals and Prevention of Collisions) Regulations 1989

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. 1.Citation, commencement, interpretation, revocation and modification

  3. 2.Application

  4. 3.Signals of Distress

  5. 4.Collision Regulations

  6. 5.Penalties

  7. 6.Power to detain

  8. Signature

    1. THE SCHEDULE

      INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS FOR PREVENTING COLLISIONS AT SEA, 1972

      1. PART A. GENERAL

        1. Rule 1 Application

        2. Rule 2 Responsibility

        3. Rule 3 General definitions

      2. PART B. STEERING AND SAILING RULES

        1. Section I. Conduct of vessels in any condition of visibility

          1. Rule 4 Application

          2. Rule 5 Look-out

          3. Rule 6 Safe speed

          4. Rule 7 Risk of collision

          5. Rule 8 Action to avoid collision

          6. Rule 9 Narrow channels

          7. Rule 10 Traffic Separation Schemes

        2. Section II. Conduct of vessels in sight of one another

          1. Rule 11 Application

          2. Rule 12 Sailing vessels

          3. Rule 13 Overtaking

          4. Rule 14 Head-on Situation

          5. Rule 15 Crossing situation

          6. Rule 16 Action by give-way vessel

          7. Rule 17 Action by stand-on vessel

          8. Rule 18 Responsibilities between vessels

        3. Section III. Conduct of vessels in restricted visibility

          1. Rule 19 Conduct of vessels in restricted visibility

      3. PART C. LIGHTS AND SHAPES

        1. Rule 20 Application

        2. Rule 21 Definitions

        3. Rule 22 Visibility of lights

        4. Rule 23 Power-driven vessels underway

        5. Rule 24 Towing and pushing

        6. Rule 25 Sailing vessels underway and vessels under oars

        7. Rule 26 Fishing vessels

        8. Rule 27 Vessels not under command or restricted in their ability to manoeuvre

        9. Rule 28 Vessels constrained by their draught

        10. Rule 29 Pilot vessels

        11. Rule 30 Anchored vessels and vessels aground

        12. Rule 31 Seaplanes

      4. PART D. SOUND AND LIGHT SIGNALS

        1. Rule 32 Definitions

        2. Rule 33 Equipment for sound signals

        3. Rule 34 Manoeuvring and warning signals

        4. Rule 35 Sound signals in restricted visibility

        5. Rule 36 Signals to attract attention

        6. Rule 37 Distress signals

      5. PART E. EXEMPTIONS

        1. Rule 38 Exemptions

      6. ANNEX I Positioning and technical details of lights and shapes

        1. 1.Definition

        2. 2.Vertical positioning and spacing of lights

        3. 3.Horizontal positioning and spacing of lights

        4. 4.Details of location of direction-indicating lights for fishing vessels, dredgers and vessels engaged in underwater operations.

        5. 5.Screens for sidelights

        6. 6.Shapes

        7. 7.Colour specification of lights

        8. 8.Intensity of lights

        9. Note:

        10. 9.Horizontal sectors

        11. 10.Vertical sectors

        12. 11.Intensity of non-electric lights

        13. 12.Manoeuvring light

        14. 13.Approval

      7. ANNEX II Additional signals for fishing vessels fishing in close proximity

        1. 1.General

        2. 2.Signals for trawlers

        3. 3.Signals for purse seiners

      8. ANNEX III Technical details of sound signal appliances

        1. 1.Whistles

        2. 2.Bell or gong

        3. 3.Approval

      9. ANNEX IV Distress signals

        1. 1.The following signals, used or exhibited either together or separately,...

        2. 2.The use or exhibition of any of the foregoing signals...

        3. 3.Attention is drawn to the relevant sections of the International...

  9. Explanatory Note

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