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SUBJECTS TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE INTERNA
TIONAL MARINE CONFERENCE.
[Framed by the American Delegates in accordance with instructions from the Depart
ment of State, March, 1889. ]
GENERAL DIVISION 1.
Marine signals or other means of plainly indicating the direction in which
vessels are moving in fog, mist, falling snow, and thick weather, and at night.
RULES FOR THE PREVENTION OF COLLISIONS AND RULES OF THE
1. Visibility, number, and position of lights to be carried by vessels.
(a) Steamers under way.
ers laying cable.
(h) Fishing vessels. 2. Sound-signals; their character, number, range and position of in
2. Sound-signals; their character, number, range and position of in
For steamers meeting or crossing.
For steamers backing.
optional. 3. Steering and sailing rules. (a) Sailing vessels meeting, crossing, overtaking, or being over
taken by each other. (0) Steamers meeting, crossing, overtaking, or being overtaken
by each other. (c) Sailing vessels, meeting, crossing, overtaking, or being over
taken by steamers. (d) Steamers meeting, crossing, overtaking, or being overtaken
by sailing vessels.
GENERAL DIVISION 2.
Regulations to determine the sea-worthiness of vessels.
(a) Construction of vessels.
) Uniform certificates of inspection.
GENERAL DIVISION 3.
Draft to which vessels should be restricted when loaded.
Uniform maximum load mark.
GENERAL DIVISION 4.
Uniform regulations regarding the designating and marking of vessels.
(a) Position of name on vessel.
GENERAL DIVISION 5.
Saving life and property from shipwreck. 1. Saving of life and property from shipwreck at sea.
(a) Duties of vessels after collision.
boats, life preservers, life-rafts, pumps, and fire-extin
(d) Uniform inspections as to (b) and (c). 2. Saving of life and property from shipwreck by operations from shore. (a) Organization of, and methods employed by, life-saving insti
tutions. (6) The employmeut of drilled and disciplined crews at life
saving stations. (c) The maintenance of patrol upon dangerous coasts by night,
and during thick weather by day, for warning off vessels
standing into danger and for the early discovery of wrecks. (d) Uniform means of transmitting information between stranded
vessels and the sbore. (e) Life-boats, life-saving apparatus, and appliances. 3. Official inquiries into causes and circumstances of shipwrecks and other casualties.
GENERAL DIVISION 6.
Necessary qualifications for officers and seamen, including tests for sight
and color blindness. (a) A uniform system of examination for the different grades. (b) Uniform tests for visual power and color blindness. (c) General knowledge of methods employed at life-saving stations. (a) Uniform certificates of qualification.
GENERAL DIVISION 7.
Lanes for steamers on frequented routes. (a) With regard to the avoidance of steamer collisions. (6) With regard to the safety of fishermen.
GENERAL DIVISION 8.
Night signals for communicating information at sea. (a) A code to be used in connection with the International Code Sig.
nal book. (6) Or a supplementary code of limited scope to convey information
of special importance to passing vessels. (c) Distress signals.
GENERAL DIVISION 9.
Warnings of approaching storms. (a) The transmission of warnings. (6) The uniformity of signals employed.
GENERAL DIVISION 10.
Reporting, marking, and removing dangerous wrecks or obstructions to
navigation. (a) A uniform method of reporting and marking dangerous wrecks and derelicts.
(b) The division of the labor, cost, and responsibility among the sev. eral maritime nations, either by geographical apportionment or otherwise :
Of the removal of dangerous derelicts;
And of searching for doubtful dangers with a view of removing them from the charts.
GENERAL DIVISION 11.
Notice of dangers to navigation.
NOTICE OF CHANGES IN LIGHTS, BUOYS, AND OTHER DAY AND NIGHT
MARKS. (a) A uniform method of taking bearings, of designating them (whether true or magnetic), and of reporting them.
(6) A uniform method of reporting, indicating, and exchanging information by the several maritime nations—to include the form of notices to mariners.
(c) A uniform method of distributing this information.
GENERAL DIVISION 12.
A uniform system of buoys and beacons. (a) Uniformity in color of buoys. (0) Uniformity in numbering of buoys.
GENERAL DIVISION 13.
The establishment of a permanent international maritime commission. (a) The composition of the commission.
(b) Its powers and authority. Proposed grouping of subjects for consideration by committees of the inter
national marine conference. 1. Rules of the road and signals-General Divisions 1 and 8.
2. Saving of life and property from shipwreck by operations from shore-General Division 5, Subdivision No. 2.