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e-CFR Data is current as of October 28, 2008


Title 33: Navigation and Navigable Waters

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PART 82—72 COLREGS: INTERPRETATIVE RULES

Section Contents
§ 82.1   Purpose.
§ 82.3   Pushing vessel and vessel being pushed: Composite unit.
§ 82.5   Lights for moored vessels.
§ 82.7   Sidelights for unmanned barges.


Authority:   14 U.S.C. 2, 633; 33 U.S.C. 1602; E.O. 11964, 42 FR 4327, 3 CFR, 1977 Comp., p. 88; 49 CFR 1.46(n).

§ 82.1   Purpose.
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This part contains the interpretative rules concerning the 72 COLREGS that are adopted by the Coast Guard for the guidance of the public.

[CGD 76–133, 42 FR 35792, July 11, 1977. Redesignated by CGD 81–017, 46 FR 28154, May 26, 1981]

§ 82.3   Pushing vessel and vessel being pushed: Composite unit.
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Rule 24(b) of the 72 COLREGS states that when a pushing vessel and a vessel being pushed ahead are rigidly connected in a composite unit, they are regarded as a power-driven vessel and must exhibit the lights under Rule 23. A “composite unit” is interpreted to be a pushing vessel that is rigidly connected by mechanical means to a vessel being pushed so they react to sea and swell as one vessel. “Mechanical means” does not include the following:

(a) Lines.

(b) Hawsers.

(c) Wires.

(d) Chains.

[CGD 76–133, 42 FR 35792, July 11, 1977. Redesignated by CGD 81–017, 46 FR 28154, May 26, 1981]

§ 82.5   Lights for moored vessels.
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For the purposes of Rule 30 of the 72 COLREGS, a vessel at anchor includes a barge made fast to one or more mooring buoys or other similar device attached to the sea or river floor. Such a barge may be lighted as a vessel at anchor in accordance with Rule 30, or may be lighted on the corners in accordance with 33 CFR 88.13.

[CGD 94–011, 63 FR 5731, Feb. 4, 1998]

§ 82.7   Sidelights for unmanned barges.
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An unmanned barge being towed may use the exception of COLREGS Rule 24(h). However, this exception only applies to the vertical sector requirements.

[CGD 94–011, 63 FR 5731, Feb. 4, 1998]

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