carried aboard a vessel ceases to operate, the master shall exercise due diligence to restore it or cause it to be restored to effective operating condition at the earliest practicable time. The failure of a vessel's radiotelephone equipment shall not, in itself, constitute a violation of this Act, nor shall it obligate the master of any vessel to moor or anchor his vessel; however, the loss of radiotelephone capability shall be given consideration in the navigation of the vessel.

8 26.07 English language.

No person may use the services of, and no person may serve as a person required to maintain a listening watch under section 5 of the Act, 33 U.S.C. section 1204 unless he can speak the English language.

§ 26.08 Exemption procedures.

(a) Any person may petition for an exemption from any provision of the Act or this part;

(b) Each petition must be submitted in writing to U.S. Coast Guard (G-N), 2100 Second Street, SW., Washington, D.C. 20593, and must state

(1) The provisions of the Act or this part from which an exemption is requested; and

(2) The reasons why marine navigation will not be adversely affected if the exemption is granted and if the exemption relates to a local communication system how that system would fully comply with the intent of the concept of the Act but would not

conform in detail if the exemption is granted. (CGD 71-114R, 37 FR 12720, June 28, 1972, as amended by CGD 73-256, 39 FR 9176, Mar. 8, 1974]

26.09 List of exemptions.

(a) All vessels navigating on those waters governed by the navigation rules for the Great Lakes and their connecting and tributary waters (33 U.S.C. 241 et seq.) are exempt from the requirements of the Vessel Bridge-to-Bridge Radiotelephone Act and this part until May 6, 1975.

(b) Each vessel navigating on the Great Lakes as defined in the Inland Navigational Rules Act of 1980 (33 U.S.C. 2001 et seq.) and to which the Vessel Bridge-to-Bridge Radiotelephone Act (33 U.S.C. 1201-1208) applies is exempt from the requirements in 33 U.S.C. 1203, 1204, and 1205 and the regulations under $$ 26.03, 26.04, 26.05, 26.06, and 26.07. Each of these vessels and each person to whom 33 U.S.C. 1208(a) applies must comply with Articles VII, X, XI, XII, XIII, XV, and XVI and Technical Regulations

1-7 of "The Agreement Between the United States of America and Canada for Promotion of Safety on the Great Lakes by Means of Radio, 1973." (CGD 72-223R, 37 FR 28633, Dec. 28, 1972, as amended by CGD 74-291, 39 FR 44980, Dec. 30, 1974; CGD 74-304, 40 FR 19470, May 5, 1975; CGD 83-003, 48 FR 7442, Feb. 22, 1983]

$26.10 Penalties.
Section 9 of the Act states-

(a) Whoever, being the master or person in charge of a vessel subject to the Act, fails to enforce or comply with the Act or the regulations hereunder, or whoever, being designated by the master or person in charge of a vessel subject to the Act to pilot or direct the movement of a vessel fails to enforce or comply with the Act or the regulations hereunder-is liable to a civil penalty of not more than $500 to be assessed by the Secretary.

(b) Every vessel navigated in violation of the Act or the regulations hereunder is liable to a civil penalty of not more than $500 to be assessed by the Secretary, for which the vessel may be proceeded against in any District Court of the United States having jurisdiction.

(c) Any penalty assessed under this section may be remitted or mitigated by the Secretary, upon such terms as he may deem proper.

International Navigational Rules...

Act of 1977

COLREGS Demarcation Lines....
72 COLREGS: Implementing Rules...
72 COLREGS: Interpretative Rules.
Amendments to 72 COLREGS effective

June 1, 1983

Public Law 95-75;

91 Stat. 311; 33 U.S.C. 1601-1608

..33 CFR 80 ..33 CFR 81

33 CFR 82 48 FR 28634

Inland Navigational Rules Act of 1980........ Public Law 96-591;

94 Stat. 3415; 33 U.S.C. 2001-2038,

2071-2073 Annex 1: Positioning and Technical...

...33 CFR 84 Details of Lights and Shapes Annex II: Additional Signals for Fishing ...

33 CFR 85 in Close Proximity Annex III: Technical Details of Sound....

33 CFR 86 Signal Appliances Annex IV: Distress Signals..

..33 CFR 87 Annex V: Pilot Rules..

33 CFR 88 Inland Navigation Rules: Implementing.

.33 CFR 89 Rules Inland Navigation Rules: Interpretative...

33 CFR 90 Rules

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Vessel Bridge-to-Bridge Radiotelephone ...... Public Law 92-63;

85 Stat. 164;

33 U.S.C. 1201-1208 Vessel Bridge-to-Bridge Radiotelephone.

.33 CFR 26 Regulations (Coast Guard regulations) Radiotelephone Stations Provided for......47 CFR 83.701-83.725

Compliance with the Vessel Bridge-to-
Bridge Radiotelephone Act (Federal Com-

munications Commission regulations) Other FCC regulations pertaining to vessel

bridge-to-bridge radiotelephone communications are contained in various

sections of 47 CFR 81 and 47 CFR 83. Boundary Lines..

46 CFR 7 (approx.) 3280.8 ft. 1640.4 ft. 656.2 ft. 492.1 ft. 328.1 ft. 246.1 ft. 196.8 ft. 164.0 ft. 82.0 ft. 65.6 ft. 39.4 ft. 32.8 ft. 26.2 ft. 23.0 ft. 19.7 ft. 16.4 ft. 14.8 ft. 13.1 ft. 11.5 ft. 8.2 ft. 6.6 ft. 4.9 ft.


Conversion of Metric to U.S. Customary/Imperial Units

Metric Measure 1000 Meters (M) . 500 M 200 M 150 M. 100 M

75 M...

60 M. 50 M 25 M

20 M.. 12 M...

10 M

8 M...

U.S. Customary/ Imperial Measure

7M 6M 5 M 4.5 M 4.0 M 3.5 M 2.5 M 2.0 M 1.5 M 1 M ... .9 M .6 M

.5 M 300 Millimeters (mm). 200 mm


3.3 ft. 35.4 in. 23.6 in. 19.7 in. 11.8 in. 7.9 in.


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