Commercial Vessel Compliance

7/31/2014: National Maritime Center to update Rules of the Road exam questions

The National Maritime Center updated the Rules of the Road examination questions affected by the changes in the Inland Navigation Rules final rule. The updated bank of questions is posted to the NMC’s website.

On July 2 2014, the Coast Guard published a final rule for changes to the Inland Navigation Rules, effective August 1, 2014.

The final rule amends the Inland Navigation Rules and their annexes to align the regulations with amendments made by the International Maritime Organization to the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, to which the United States is a signatory, and to incorporate recommendations made by the Navigation Safety Advisory Council. These changes harmonize domestic and international law.

Beginning on September 1, 2014, and throughout the subsequent 12 calendar months, Rules of the Road Modules on existing Approved to Test Letters will be replaced with updated modules at the Regional Exam Centers.

View the NMC’s website for further information. If you have questions, please contact the NMC at 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662) or

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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