Rule24 - TOWING AND PUSHING

 

(a)  A power-driven vessel when towing astern [Inld] shall exhibit:

(b)     When a pushing vessel and a vessel being pushed ahead are rigidly connected in a composite unit they shall be regarded as a power-driven vessel and exhibit the lights prescribed in Rule 23. (pictures of a unit over 50m / unit less than 50m)

(c)     A power-driven vessel when pushing ahead or towing alongside, except [in the case of a composite unit / as required by paragraphs (b) and (i) of this Rule], shall exhibit:

(d)     A power-driven vessel to which paragraph (a) or (c) of this Rule apply shall also comply with rule 23(a)(i) [Inld] and 23(a)(ii). (picture of vessel with tow 200m or less AND less than 50m in length / 50m or more in length)

(e)     A vessel or object being towed, other than those mentioned in paragraph (g) of this Rule, shall exhibit:

(f)      Provided that any number of vessels being towed alongside or pushed in a group shall be lighted as one vessel, except as provided in paragraph (iii) [Inld] (pictures of International and Inland configurations)

(g)     An inconspicuous, partly submerged vessel or object, or combination of such vessels or objects being towed, [Intl] shall exhibit:

International

Inland

(i)  if it is less than 25 meters in breadth, one all-round Rule 21. (e) "All-round light" means a light showing an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of 360 degrees. white light at or near the forward end and one at or near the after end except that dracones need not exhibit a light at or near the forward end.

(i)  if it is less than 25 meters in breadth, one all-round white light at or near each end.

(ii)  if it is 25 meters or more in breadth, two or more additional all-round white lights at or near the extremities of its breadth;

(ii)  if it is 25 meters or more in breadth, four all-round white lights to mark its length and breadth;

(h)     When from any sufficient cause it is impracticable for a vessel or object being towed to exhibit the lights or shapes [Intl] prescribed in paragraph (e) or (g) of this Rule, all possible measures shall be taken to light the vessel or object being towed or at least indicate the presence of [such / unlighted] vessel or object.

(i)      Notwithstanding paragraph (c), on the Western Rivers (except below the Huey P. Long Bridge on the Mississippi River) and on waters specified by the Secretary, a power-driven vessel when pushing ahead or towing alongside, except as paragraph (b) applies, shall exhibit: [Inld]

(i/j)   Where from any sufficient cause it is impracticable for a vessel not normally engaged in towing operations to display the lights prescribed in paragraph (a), (c) or (i) [Inld] of this Rule, such vessel shall not be required to exhibit those lights when engaged in towing another vessel in distress or otherwise in need of assistance. All possible measures shall be taken to indicate the nature of the relationship between the towing vessel and the vessel being towed as authorized by Rule 36, in particular by illuminating the [towline / tow].

 

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