Byelaws

PART II - NAVIGATION

VESSEL MOVEMENTS

4. The master of a vessel not being a small vessel designed or adapted primarily for navigation in tidal waters shall give prior notice to the Harbour Master or his agent of the vessel's arrival at, departure from or movement within the harbour.

NOTIFICATION OF ACCIDENTS AND DEFICIENCES ETC.

5. (1) The master of a vessel which -

(a) has been involved in a collision with any vessel or property, or has been sunk or grounded or become stranded, in the harbour; or

(b) is within or about to enter the harbour and by reason of accident, fire, defect or otherwise is in such a condition as to affect its safe navigation or to give rise to danger to other vessels or property; or

(c) in any manner gives rise to an obstruction to the main navigation channel;

shall give immediate notice of that fact to the Harbour Master and (as soon as reasonably practical thereafter) provide the Harbour Master with full details in writing.

UNSEAWORTHY VESSELS

6. (1) Where the condition of a vessel is such that it is not or may not be seaworthy, the master of the vessel shall not move the vessel except to clear the main navigation channel or to moor or anchor in safety, otherwise than with the permission and in accordance with the directions of the Harbour Master.

(2) For the purpose of this byelaw, a vessel is unseaworthy if its presence in the harbour might involve:-

(a) grave and imminent risk to the safety of other users of the harbour; or

(b) grave and imminent risk that the vessel may, by sinking or foundering in the harbour, prevent or seriously prejudice the use of the harbour by other vessels.

DECLARATION OF PARTICULARS OF VESSEL

7. The master of a vessel arriving at the harbour shall, if required by the Harbour Master, furnish to him a declaration in the form to be obtained from him containing a correct statement of the tonnage and draught of the vessel, its last port of call, name and address of owner, destination and particulars of any cargo and/or passengers.

VESSELS TO HAVE COMPETENT HELMSMAN

8. The master of a vessel shall ensure that it is steered at all times by a person competent to do so and no automatic devices or equipment shall be used for steering purposes unless attended by a competent helmsman.

MASTER TO REMAIN ON BRIDGE

9. The master of a power driven vessel under way shall either -

(a) be on the bridge or at the control position of the vessel; or

(b) ensure that there is on the bridge or at the control position a member of the crew who is capable or taking charge of the vessel and when a pilot is on board, is capable of undertaking the pilot's directions for the conduct of the vessel.

SUFFICIENCY OF CREW

10. Except with the permission of the Harbour Master, the master of a vessel other than a small vessel shall at all times when that vessel is within the harbour ensure that the vessel is capable of being safely moved and navigated and that there are sufficient crew or other competent persons readily available -

(a) to attend to the vessel's moorings;

(b) to comply with any directions given by the Harbour Master for the unmooring, mooring and moving of the vessel; and

(c) to deal, so far as reasonably practicable, with any emergency that may arise.

SMALL VESSELS NOT TO OBSTRUCT THE MAIN NAVIGATION CHANNEL

11. The master of a small vessel which is not confined to the main navigation channel shall not make use of the main navigation channel so as to cause obstruction to other vessels which can only navigate within the main navigation channel.

SPEED OF VESSELS

12. (1) The master of a vessel in the harbour shall not cause or permit the vessel to proceed at a speed greater than 12 knots (6.6 metres per second) through the water.

(2) This byelaw is subject to byelaw 15 below and the Collision Regulations.

(3) This byelaw does not apply to any vessel navigating -

(a) within the main navigation channel during the period of 3 hours either side of high water at Beachley;

(b) exclusively by sail;

(c) in the harbour while providing safety cover, responding to an emergency, engaged in rescue operations or engaged in training in connection with any of the above operations; or

(d) in areas designated in Schedules 1 and 2 to these byelaws in relation to the activities specified therein.

(4) This byelaw does not apply in relation to any vessel taking part in

(a) a rally, race, regatta or similar event;

(b) a military, naval or civil exercise;

being held in relation to both (a) and (b) above with the specific permission of the Trustees.

VESSELS ADRIFT

13. The master of a vessel which parts from its moorings shall, as soon as possible, report the same to the Harbour Master.

VESSELS NOT TO MAKE FAST TO NAVIGATION AIDS, ETC.

14. The master of a vessel shall not make fast the vessel to or knowingly cause or permit the vessel to lie against any buoy, beacon or mark used for navigational purposes or any other structure or thing not assigned for the purpose.

VESSELS TO BE NAVIGATED WITH CARE AND CAUTION

15. The master of a vessel navigating in the harbour shall navigate the vessel with care and caution and in such a manner as not to give grounds for annoyance to the occupants of any other vessel nor cause damage or danger to any other vessel, person or property in the harbour nor to the banks of the harbour or any person or property thereon.

NAVIGATION UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRINK OR DRUGS PROHIBITED

16. No person shall navigate any vessel in the harbour whilst under the influence of drink or drugs to such an extent as to likely to be, in the reasonable opinion of the Harbour Master, incapable or taking proper control of the vessel.


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