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Rule 28 & 29: CBD & Pilot Vessels | Lights & Shapes In Depth

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This video was originally uploaded to our other channel, Casual Navigation, back in 2018.

This video is an “in depth” look at Rules 28 & 29 of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea. This video continues the section looking at Light and Shapes of different vessels. These rules defines the lights and shapes that vessels constrained by their draft and pilot vessels must exhibit.

———-RULE 28———-

Rule 28: Vessels constrained by their draught

A vessel constrained by her draught may, in addition to the lights prescribed for power-driven vessels in Rule 23, exhibit where they can best be seen three all-round red lights in a vertical line, or a cylinder.

———-RULE 29———-

Rule 29: Pilot vessels

(a) A vessel engaged on pilotage duty shall exhibit:

i. at or near the masthead, two all-round lights in a vertical line, the upper being white and the lower red;

ii. when underway, in addition, sidelights and a sternlight;

iii. when at anchor, in addition to the lights prescribed in sub-paragraph (i), the light, lights or shape prescribed in Rule 30 for vessels at anchor.

(b) A pilot vessel when not engaged on pilotage duty shall exhibit the lights or shapes prescribed for a similar vessel of her length.


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