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5/12/2017: Safety Alert 04-17 – Work or play, it’s a shared waterway

The Office of Inspections and Compliance issued Safety Alert 04-17 to remind all operators of power-driven, sail, and human propelled vessels of the
importance of maintaining a sharp look-out while on a shared waterway.

It is critical that all mariners have a good working knowledge of the Navigation Rules before venturing out into a shared waterway. Commercial and recreational vessel operators need to know their responsibilities including the Steering and Sailing Rules, Conduct of Vessels in Sight of One Another, and Conduct of Vessels in Restricted Visibility. They also need to recognize the nautical lights and shapes and understand the sound and light signals that may be encountered in order to take appropriate actions to prevent collisions.

View the full safety alert here.

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