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Rule 29 -- Pilot Vessels


INTERNATIONAL

INLAND

(a) A vessel engaged on pilotage duty shall exhibit:

(i) at or near the masthead, two all-round lights in a vertical line, the upper being white and the lower red;

(ii) when underway, in addition, sidelights and a sternlight;

(iii) when at anchor, in addition to the lights prescribed in subparagraph (i), the light, lights or shape prescribed in Rule 30 for vessels at anchor.

(b) A pilot vessel when not engaged on pilotage duty shall exhibit the lights or shapes prescribed for a similar vessel of her length.

(a) A vessel engaged on pilotage duty shall exhibit:

(i) at or near the masthead, two all-round lights in a vertical line, the upper being white and the lower red;

(ii) when underway, in addition, sidelights and a sternlight; and

(iii) when at anchor, in addition to the lights prescribed in subparagraph (i), the anchor light, lights or shape prescribed in Rule 30 for anchored vessels.

(b) A pilot vessel when not engaged on pilotage duty shall exhibit the lights or shapes prescribed for a vessel of her length.

 

The International and Inland Rule 29 requirements are the same. Rule 29 is simple and straightforward. The white-over-red all-round lights are also used as an optional display on trawlers hauling in their nets, but the white-over-red lights in that application are used in combination with a green-over-white all-round light display and then only when close to other fishing vessels. There is very little chance, then, that a pilot vessel would be confused with a vessel engaged in fishing.

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