Coast Guard Publishes Revised Navigation Rules

The revised edition of the U.S. Coast Guard publication "Navigation Rules, International-Inland" is now available through the Government Printing Office.

Federal law requires that after January 1, 1983, a copy of the new Inland Navigation Rules must be kept for reference onboard all boats of 12 meters (39.4 feet) or more in length operating on inland waters. All boat operators, regardless of the size of their vessel, are expected to know and comply with the Inland Navigation Rules which became effective on December 24, 1981, on all inland waters except for the Great Lakes. They will become effective on the Great Lakes on March 1, 1983.

The International Rules which govern the operation of vessels outside U.S. waters have been revised by 55 amendments effective June 1, 1983. The Coast Guard book contains all of these changes. The USCG stresses that familiarity with the navigation rules is one of the surest ways to make vessel operations safer and more enjoyable for all concerned. Price of the book is $6.50. It may be ordered by name, "Navigation Rules, International-Inland," and stock number, 050-012-00192- 8, from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.

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