Chapter 1501:47-2 Rules of Navigation

1501:47-2-01 Application of rules 1501:47-2-01 to 1501:47-2-36 of the Administrative Code.

(A) Rules 1501:47-2-01 to 1501:47-2-36 of the Administrative Code apply to all vessels upon the waters in the state of Ohio.

(B) All vessels complying with the construction and equipment requirements of the "Code of Federal Regulations" and the "International Navigational Rules Act of 1977" and any amendments thereto are considered in compliance with rules 1501:47-2-01 to 1501:47-2-36 of the Administrative Code.

(C) Nothing in rules 1501:47-2-01 to 1501:47-2-36 of the Administrative Code shall interfere with the operation of any special rules made by the secretary of the navy with respect to additional station or signal lights and shapes or whistle signals for ships of war and vessels proceeding under convoy, or by the secretary with respect to additional station or signal lights and shapes for fishing vessels engaged in fishing as a fleet. These additional station lights and shapes or whistle signals shall, so far as possible, be such that they cannot be mistaken for any light, shape, or signal authorized elsewhere under these rules.

(D) Vessel traffic service rules may be in effect in certain areas.

(E) Whenever the secretary determines that a vessel or class of vessels of special construction or purpose cannot comply fully with the provisions of any of these rules with respect to the number, position, range, or arc of visibility of lights or shapes, as well as to the disposition and characteristics of sound-signalling appliances, without interfering with the special function of the vessel, the vessel shall comply with such other provisions in regard to the number, position, range, or arc of visibility of lights or shapes, as well as to the disposition and characteristics of sound-signalling appliances, as the secretary shall have determined to be the closest possible compliance with these rules. The secretary may issue a certificate of alternative compliance for a vessel or class of vessels specifying the closest possible compliance with these rules. The secretary of the navy shall make these determinations and issue certificates of alternative compliance for vessels of the navy.

(F) The secretary may accept a certificate of alternative compliance issued by a contracting party to the "International Navigational Rules Act of 1977" if he determines that the alternative compliance standards of the contracting party are substantially the same as those of the United States.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-02 Responsibility.

(A) Nothing in rules 1501:47-2-01 to 1501:47-2-36 of the Administrative Code shall exonerate any vessel, or the operator, owner, master, or crew thereof, from the consequences of any neglect to comply with rules 1501:47-2-01 to 1501:47-2-36 of the Administrative Code or of the neglect of any precaution which may be required by the ordinary practice of operator, owner, master or crew thereof, or by the special circumstances of the case.

(B) In construing and complying with this chapter due regard shallbe had to all dangers of navigation and collision and to any special circumstances, including the limitations of the vessels involved, which may make a departure from these rules necessary to avoid immediate danger.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90; 8-18-91
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-03 Definitions for rules 1501:47-2-01 to 1501:47-2-36 of the Administrative Code.

For the purpose of rules 1501:47-2-01 to 1501:47-2-36 of the Administrative Code, except where the context otherwise requires, the definitions are as follows:

(A) "Vessel" includes every description of watercraft, including nondisplacement craft and seaplanes, including wing-in-ground craft, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on the water.

(B) "Power-driven vessel" means any vessel propelled by machinery, fuel, rockets, or similar device.

(C) "Sailing vessel" means any vessel under sail provided that all propelling machinery, if fitted, is not being used.

(D) "Vessel engaged in fishing" means any vessel fishing with nets, lines, trawls, or other fishing apparatus which restricts maneuverability, but does not include a vessel fishing with trolling lines or other fishing apparatus which do not restrict maneuverability or fishing vessels engaged in recreational fishing.

(E) "Seaplanes" includes any aircraft designed to maneuver on the water.

(F) "Wing-in-Ground craft" (WIG) means a multimodal craft which, in its main operational mode, flies in close proximity to the surface by utilizing surface-effect action.

(G) "Vessel not under command" means a vessel which through some exceptional circumstance is unable to maneuver as required by these rules and is therefore unable to keep out of the way of another vessel.

(H) "Vessel restricted in its ability to maneuver" means a vessel which from the nature of its work is restricted in its ability to maneuver as required by these rules and is therefore unable to keep out of the way of another vessel; vessels restricted in their ability to maneuver include, but are not limited to;

(1) A vessel engaged in laying, servicing, or picking up a navigation mark, submarine cable, or pipeline.

(2) A vessel engaged in dredging, surveying, or underwater operations.

(3) A vessel engaged in replenishment or transferring of persons, provisions, or cargo while underway.

(4) A vessel engaged in the launching or recovery of aircraft.

(5) A vessel engaged in minesweeping operations.

(6) A vessel engaged in a towing operation such as severely restricts the towing vessel and its tow in their ability to deviate from their course.

(I) "Underway" means that a vessel is not at anchor, or made fast to the shore or aground.

(J) "Length" and "breadth" of a vessel means its length overall and greatest breadth.

(K) "In sight of one another," vessels shall be deemed to be in sight of one another only when one can be observed visually from the other.

(L) "Restricted visibility" means any condition in which visibility is restricted by fog, mist, falling snow, heavy rainstorms, sandstorms, or any other similar causes.

(M) "Secretary" means the secretary of the department in which the United States coast guard is operating.

(N) "Waters" and "waters in this state" means all streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, marshes, water courses, waterways, and all other bodies of water, natural or man-made, which are situated wholly or partially within this state or within its jurisdiction which are navigable or used for recreational boating.

(O) "Person" includes any individual, firm, partnership, corporation, company, association, or body politic, except, the United States and this state and includes any agent, trustee, executor, receiver, assignee, or other representative thereof.

(P) "Owner" includes any person who claims lawful possession of a vessel by virtue of legal title or equitable interest therein which entitled him to such possession.

(Q) "Operator" includes any person who navigates or has under his control a vessel on the waters in this state.

(R) "Navigable waters" means waters which come under the jurisdiction of the department of the army of the United States and any waterways within or adjacent to this state, except inland lakes having neither a navigable inlet or outlet.

(S) "Inland navigational rules act" hereinafter referred to as "I.N.R.A." means the "Inland Navigational Rules Act of 1980," and any annexes thereto, 94 Stat. 3415, 33 U.S.C.A. 151 , 1604 , 1605 , 1608 , 2001 to 2008 , and 2071 to 2073 and any amendments thereto.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Effective: 08/08/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: Exempt
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1547.52
Rule Amplifies: 1547.52
Prior Effective Dates: 6/11/90 (Emer), 8/24/90, 8/18/91, 4/17/07

1501:47-2-04 Application of rules 1501:47-2-04 to 1501:47-2-10 of the Administrative Code.

Rules 1501:47-2-04 to 1501:47-2-10 of the Administrative Code apply in any condition of visibility.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-05 Proper look-out required.

Every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper look-out by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-06 Safe speed.

Every vessel shall at all times proceed at a safe speed so that it can take proper and effective action to avoid collision and be stopped within a distance appropriate to the prevailing circumstances and conditions.

In determining a safe speed the following factors shall be among those taken into account:

(A) By all vessels:

(1) The state of visibility.

(2) The traffic density including concentration of fishing vessels or any other vessels.

(3) The maneuverability of the vessel with special reference to stopping distance and turning ability in the prevailing conditions.

(4) At night the presence of background light such as from shore lights or from back scatter of its own lights.

(5) The state of wind, sea, and current, and the proximity of navigational hazards.

(6) The draft in relation to the available depth of water.

(B) Additionally, by vessels with operational radar:

(1) The characteristics, efficiency and limitations of the radar equipment.

(2) Any constraints imposed by the radar range scale in use.

(3) The effect on radar detection of the sea state, weather, and other sources of interference.

(4) The possibility that small vessels, ice and other floating objects may not be detected by radar at an adequate range.

(5) The number, location, and movement of vessels detected by radar.

(6) The more exact assessment of the visibility that may be possible when radar is used to determine the range of vessels or other objects in the vicinity.

For the purposes of this rule the term "collision" includes every description of accident or casualty either intentional or unintentional.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-07 Risk of collision.

(A) Every vessel shall use all available means appropriate to the prevailing circumstances and conditions to determine if risk of collision exists. If there is any doubt such risk shall be deemed to exist.

(B) Proper use shall be made of radar equipment if fitted and operational, including long-range scanning to obtain early warning of risk of collision and radar plotting or equivalent systematic observation of detected objects.

(C) Assumptions shall not be made on the basis of scanty information, especially scanty radar information.

(D) In determining if risk of collision exists the following considerations shall be among those taken into account:

(1) Such risk shall be deemed to exist if the compass bearing of an approaching vessel does not appreciably change.

(2) Such risk may sometimes exist even when an appreciable bearing change is evident, particularly when approaching a very large vessel or a tow or when approaching a vessel at close range.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-08 Action to avoid collision.

(A) Any action taken to avoid collision shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, be positive, made in ample time and with due regard to the observance of good seamanship.

(B) Any alteration of course or speed to avoid collision shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, be large enough to be readily apparent to another vessel observing visually or by radar; a succession of small alterations of course or speed should be avoided.

(C) If there is sufficient sea room, alteration of course alone may be the most effective action to avoid a close-quarters situation provided that it is made in good time, is substantial and does not result in another close-quarters situation.

(D) Action taken to avoid collision with another vessel shall be such as to result in passing at a safe distance. The effectiveness of the action shall be carefully checked until the other vessel is finally past and clear.

(E) If necessary to avoid collision or allow more time to assess the situation, a vessel shall slacken its speed or take all way off by stopping or reversing its means of propulsion.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-09 Narrow channels.

(A)

(1) A vessel proceeding along the course of a narrow channel or fairway shall keep as near to the outer limit of the channel or fairway which lies on its starboard side as is safe and practicable.

(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (A)(1) of this rule and paragraph (A) of rule 1501:47-2-14 of the Administrative Code, a power-driven vessel operating in narrow channels or fairways on lake Erie and its tributaries and the Ohio river and its tributaries and proceeding downbound with a following current shall have the right-of-way over an upbound vessel, shall propose the manner and place of passage, and shall initiate the maneuvering signals prescribed by paragraph (A)(1) of rule 1501:47-2-34 of the Administrative Code, as appropriate. The vessel proceeding upbound against the current shall hold as necessary to permit safe passing.

(B) A vessel of less than twenty meters in length or a sailing vessel shall not impede the passage of a vessel that can safely navigate only within a narrow channel or fairway.

(C) A vessel engaged in fishing shall not impede the passage of any other vessel navigating within a narrow channel or fairway.

(D) A vessel shall not cross a narrow channel or fairway if such crossing impedes the passage of a vessel which can safely navigate only within that channel or fairway. The latter vessel shall use the danger signal prescribed in paragraph (D) of rule 1501:47-2-34 of the Administrative Code if in doubt as to the intention of the crossing vessel.

(E)

(1) In a narrow channel or fairway when overtaking, the vessel intending to overtake shall indicate its intention by sounding the appropriate signal prescribed in paragraph (C) of rule 1501:47-2-34 of the Administrative Code and take steps to permit safe passing. The overtaken vessel, if in agreement, shall sound the same signal. If in doubt it shall sound the danger signal prescribed in paragraph (D) of rule 1501:47-2-34 of the Administrative Code.

(2) This rule does not relieve the overtaking vessel of its obligation under rule 1501:47-2-13 of the Administrative Code.

(F) A vessel nearing a bend or an area of a narrow channel or fairway where other vessels may be obscured by an intervening obstruction shall navigate with particular alertness and caution and shall sound the appropriate signal prescribed in paragraph (E) of rule 1501:47-2-34 of the Administrative Code.

(G) Every vessel shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, avoid anchoring in a narrow channel.

(H) Vessels leaving a dock, boat slip, tie-up space, or mooring shall yield the right-of-way to all vessels approaching such dock, boat slip, tie-up space, or mooring.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Effective: 08/08/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: Exempt
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1547.52
Rule Amplifies: 1547.52
Prior Effective Dates: 6/11/90 (Emer), 8/24/90, 8/18/91

1501:47-2-10 Vessel traffic services.

Each vessel required by the "Code of Federal Regulations" to participate in a vessel traffic service shall comply with the applicable regulations.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-11 Application of rules 1501:47-2-11 to 1501:47-2-18 of the Administrative Code.

Rules 1501:47-2-11 to 1501:47-2-18 of the Administrative Code apply to vessels in sight of one another.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-12 Sailing vessels.

(A) When two sailing vessels are approaching one another, so as to involve risk of collision, one of them shall keep out of the way of the other as follows:

(1) When each has the wind on a different side, the vessel which has the wind on the port side shall keep out of the way of the other.

(2) When both have the wind on the same side, the vessel which is to windward shall keep out of the way of the vessel which is to leeward.

(3) If a vessel with the wind on the port side sees a vessel to windward and cannot determine with certainty whether the other vessel has the wind on the port or on the starboard side, it shall keep out of the way of the other.

(B) For the purpose of this rule the windward side shall be deemed to be the side opposite to that on which the mainsail is carried or, in the case of a square-rigged vessel, the side opposite to that on which the largest fore-and-aft sail is carried.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-13 Overtaking.

(A) Notwithstanding anything contained in rules 1501:47-2-04 to 1501:47-2-18 of the Administrative Code, any vessel overtaking any other shall keep out of the way of the vessel being overtaken.

(B) A vessel shall be deemed to be overtaking when coming up with another vessel from a direction more than twenty-two and one half degrees abaft its beam; that is, in such a position with reference to the vessel it is overtaking, that at night it would be able to only see the sternlight of that vessel but neither of its sidelights.

(C) When a vessel is in any doubt as to whether it is overtaking another, it shall assume that this is the case and act accordingly.

(D) Any subsequent alteration of the bearing between the two vessels shall not make the overtaking vessel a crossing vessel within the meaning of these rules or relieve it of the duty of keeping clear of the overtaken vessel until it is finally past and clear.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-14 Head-on situation.

(A) Unless otherwise agreed, when two power-driven vessels are meeting on reciprocal or nearly reciprocal courses so as to involve risk of collision each shall alter its course to starboard so that each shall pass on the port side of the other.

(B) Such a situation shall be deemed to exist when a vessel sees the other ahead or nearly ahead and by night it could see the masthead lights of the other in a line or nearly in a line or both sidelights and by day it observes the corresponding aspect of the other vessel.

(C) When a vessel is in any doubt as to whether such a situation exists it shall assume that it does exist and act accordingly.

(D) Notwithstanding paragraph (A) of this rule, a power-driven vessel operating on lake Erie and its tributaries, the Ohio river and its tributaries (or waters specified by the secretary) and proceeding downbound with a following current shall have the right-of-way over an upbound vessel, shall propose the manner of passage, and shall initiate the maneuvering signals prescribed by paragraph (A)(1) of rule 1501:47-2-34 of the Administrative Code, as appropriate.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Effective: 08/08/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: Exempt
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1547.52
Rule Amplifies: 1547.52
Prior Effective Dates: 6/11/90 (Emer), 8/24/90, 8/18/91

1501:47-2-15 Crossing situation.

(A) When two power-driven vessels are crossing so as to involve risk of collision, the vessel which has the other on its starboard side shall keep out of the way and shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, avoid crossing ahead of the other vessel.

(B) Notwithstanding paragraph (A) of this rule, on lake Erie and its tributaries, the Ohio river and its tributaries (or water specified by the secretary) a vessel crossing a river shall keep out of the way of a power-driven vessel ascending or descending the river.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90; 8-18-91
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-16 Action by give-way vessel.

Every vessel which is directed to keep out of the way of another vessel shall, so far as possible, take early and substantial action to keep well clear.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-17 Action by stand-on vessel.

(A)

(1) Where one of two vessels is to keep out of the way, the other shall keep its course and speed.

(2) The latter vessel may, however, take action to avoid collision by its maneuver alone, as soon as it becomes apparent to it that the vessel required to keep out of the way is not taking appropriate action in compliance with this chapter.

(B) When, from any cause, the vessel required to keep its course and speed finds itself so close that collision cannot be avoided by the action of the give-way vessel alone, it shall take such action as will best aid to avoid collision.

(C) A power-driven vessel which takes action in a crossing situation in accordance with paragraph (A)(2) of this rule to avoid collision with another power-driven vessel shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, not alter course to port for a vessel on its own port side.

(D) This rule does not relieve the give-way vessel of its obligation to keep out of the way.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-18 Responsibilities between vessels.

Except where rules 1501:47-2-09 , 1501:47-2-10 , and 1501:47-2-13 of the Administrative Code otherwise require:

(A) A power-driven vessel underway shall keep out of the way of:

(1) A vessel not under command.

(2) A vessel restricted in its ability to maneuver.

(3) A vessel engaged in fishing.

(4) A sailing vessel.

(B) A sailing vessel underway shall keep out of the way of:

(1) A vessel not under command.

(2) A vessel restricted in its ability to maneuver.

(3) A vessel engaged in fishing.

(C) A vessel engaged in fishing when underway shall, so far as possible, keep out of the way of:

(1) A vessel not under command.

(2) A vessel restricted in its ability to maneuver.

(D) A seaplane on the water shall, in general, keep well clear of all vessels and avoid impeding their navigation. In circumstances, however, where risk of collision exists, it shall comply with the rules of this part.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-19 Conduct of vessels in restricted visibility.

(A) This rule applies to vessels not in sight of one another when navigating in or near an area of restricted visibility.

(B) Every vessel shall proceed at a safe speed adapted to the prevailing circumstances and conditions of restricted visibility. A power-driven vessel shall have its engines ready for immediate maneuver.

(C) Every vessel shall have due regard to the prevailing circumstances and conditions of restricted visibility when complying with rules 1501:47-2-04 to 1501:47-2-10 of the Administrative Code.

(D) A vessel which detects by radar alone the presence of another vessel shall determine if a close-quarters situation is developing or risk of collision exists. If so, it shall take avoiding action in ample time, provided that when such action consists of an alteration of course, so far as possible the following shall be avoided: an alteration of course to port for a vessel forward of the beam, other than for a vessel being overtaken and an alteration of course toward a vessel abeam or abaft the beam.

(E) Except where it has been determined that a risk of collision does not exist, every vessel which hears apparently forward of its beam the fog signal of another vessel, or which cannot avoid a close-quarters situation with another vessel forward of its beam, shall reduce its speed to the minimum at which it can be kept on course. It shall if necessary take all its way off and, in any event, navigate with extreme caution until danger of collision is over.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-20 Application of rules 1501:47-2-20 to 1501:47-2-31 of the Administrative Code.

(A) Rules 1501:47-2-20 to 1501:47-2-31 of the Administrative Code shall be complied with in all weather.

(B) The rules concerning lights shall be complied with from sunset to sunrise local time, and during such times no other lights shall be exhibited, except such lights as cannot be mistaken for the lights specified in these rules or do not impair their visibility or distinctive character, or interfere with the keeping of a proper look-out.

(C) The lights prescribed by this chapter shall, if carried, also be exhibited from sunrise to sunset local time in restricted visibility and may be exhibited in all other circumstances when it is deemed necessary.

(D) Rules concerning shapes shall be complied with from sunrise to sunset local time.

(E) The lights and shapes specified in these rules shall comply with the provisions of annex I of the "I.N.R.A."

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-21 Definitions for rules 1501:47-2-21 to 1501:47-2-31 of the Administrative Code.

For the purpose of rules 1501:47-2-21 to 1501:47-2-31 of the Administrative Code, except where the context otherwise requires, the definitions are as follows:

(A) "Masthead light" means a white light placed over the fore and aft centerline of the vessel showing an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of two hundred twenty-five degrees and so fixed as to show the light from right ahead to twenty-two and one-half degrees abaft the beam on either side of the vessel, except that on a vessel of less than twelve meters in length the masthead light shall be placed as nearly as practicable to the fore and aft centerline of the vessel.

(B) "Sidelights" mean a green light on the starboard side and a red light on the port side each showing an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of one hundred twelve and one-half degrees and so fixed as to show the light from right ahead to twenty-two and one-half degrees abaft the beam on its respective side. On a vessel of less than twenty meters in length the side lights may be in combination in one lantern carried on the fore and aft centerline of the vessel, except on a vessel of less than twelve meters in length the sidelights when combined in one lantern shall be placed as nearly as practicable to the fore and aft centerline of the vessel.

(C) "Sternlight" means a white light placed as nearly as practicable at the stern showing an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of one hundred thirty-five degrees and so fixed as to show the light sixty-seven and one-half degrees from right aft on each side of the vessel.

(D) "Towing light" means a yellow light having the same characteristics as the sternlight defined in paragraph (C) of this rule.

(E) "All-round light" means a light showing an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of three hundred sixty degrees.

(F) "Flashing light" means a light flashing at regular intervals at a frequency of one hundred twenty flashes or more per minute.

(G) "Special flashing light" means a yellow light flashing at regular intervals at a frequency of fifty to seventy flashes per minute, placed as far forward and as nearly as practicable on the fore and aft centerline of the tow and showing an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of not less than one hundred eighty degrees nor more than two hundred twenty-five degrees and so fixed as to show the light from right ahead to abeam and no more than twenty-two and one-half degrees abaft the beam on either side of the vessel.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-22 Visibility of lights.

The lights prescribed in these rules shall have an intensity as specified in annex I of the "I.N.R.A.", so as to be visible at the following minimum ranges:

(A) In a vessel of fifty meters or more in length:

(1) A masthead light, six miles.

(2) A sidelight, three miles.

(3) A sternlight, three miles.

(4) A towing light, three miles.

(5) A white, red, green or yellow all-around light,

three miles.

(6) A special flashing light, two miles.

(B) In a vessel of twelve meters or more in length but less than fifty meters in length:

(1) A masthead light, five miles; except that where the

length of the vessel is less than twenty meters,

three miles.

(2) A sidelight, two miles.

(3) A sternlight, two miles.

(4) A towing light, two miles.

(5) A white, red, green or yellow all-around light, two

miles.

(6) A special flashing light, two miles.

(C) In a vessel of less than twelve meters in length:

(1) A masthead light, two miles.

(2) A sidelight, one mile.

(3) A sternlight, two miles.

(4) A towing light, two miles.

(5) A white, red, green or yellow all-around light, two

miles.

(6) A special flashing light, two miles.

(D) In an inconspicuous, partly submerged vessel or object being towed: a white all-round light, three miles.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-23 Power-driven vessels underway.

(A) A power-driven vessel underway shall exhibit:

(1) A masthead light forward; except that a vessel of less than twenty meters in length need not exhibit this light forward of amidships but shall exhibit it as far forward as is practicable.

(2) A second masthead light abaft of and higher than the forward one; except that a vessel of less than fifty meters in length shall not be obliged to exhibit such light but may do so.

(3) Sidelights.

(4) A sternlight.

(B) An air-cushion vessel when operating in the nondisplacement mode shall, in addition to the lights prescribed in paragraph (A) of this rule, exhibit an all-round flashing yellow light where it can best be seen.

(C) A power-driven vessel of less than twelve meters in length may, in lieu of the lights prescribed in paragraph (A) of this rule, exhibit an all-round white light and sidelights.

(D) A power-driven vessel when operating on the great lakes may carry an all-round white light in lieu of the second masthead light and sternlight prescribed in paragraph (A) of this rule. The light shall be carried in the position of the second masthead light and be visible at the same minimum range.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-24 Towing and pushing.

(A) A power-driven vessel when towing astern shall exhibit:

(1) Instead of the light prescribed either in paragraph (A)(1) or (A)(2) of rule 1501:47-2-23 of the Administrative Code, two masthead lights in a vertical line. When the length of the tow, measuring from the stern of the towing vessel to the after end of the tow exceeds two hundred meters, three such lights in a vertical line.

(2) Sidelights.

(3) A sternlight.

(4) A towing light in a vertical line above the sternlight.

(5) When the length of the tow exceeds two hundred meters, a diamond shape where it can best be seen.

(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 1501:47-2-23 of the Administrative Code.

(C) A power-driven vessel when pushing ahead or towing alongside, except as required by paragraphs (B) and (C)(1) of this rule, shall exhibit:

(1) Instead of the light prescribed either in paragraph (A)(1) or (A)(2) of rule 1501:47-2-23 of the Administrative Code, two masthead lights in a vertical line.

(2) Sidelights.

(3) Two towing lights in a vertical line.

(D) A power-driven vessel to which paragraph (A) or (C) of this rule apply shall also comply with paragraphs (A)(1) and (A)(2) of rule 1501:47-2-23 of the Administrative Code.

(E) A vessel or object other than those referred to in paragraph (G) of this rule being towed shall exhibit:

(1) Sidelights.

(2) A sternlight.

(3) When the length of the tow exceeds two hundred meters, a diamond shape where it can best be seen.

(F) Provided that any number of vessels being towed alongside or pushed in a group shall be lighted as one vessel:

(1) A vessel being pushed ahead, not being part of a composite unit, shall exhibit at the forward end sidelights, and a special flashing light.

(2) A vessel being towed alongside shall exhibit a sternlight and at the forward end sidelights.

(G) An inconspicuous, partly submerged vessel or object being towed shall exhibit:

(1) If it is less than twenty-five meters in breadth, one all-round white light at or near each end.

(2) If it is twenty-five meters or more in breadth, four all-round white lights to mark its length and breadth.

(3) If it exceeds one hundred meters in length, additional all-round white lights between the lights prescribed in paragraphs (G)(1) and (G)(2) of this rule so that the distance between the lights shall not exceed one hundred meters: provided, that any vessels or objects being towed alongside each other shall be lighted as one vessel or object.

(4) A diamond shape at or near the aftermost extremity of the last vessel or object being towed.

(5) The towing vessel may direct a searchlight in the direction of the tow to indicate its presence to an approaching vessel.

(H) Where from any sufficient cause it is impracticable for a vessel or object being towed to exhibit the lights prescribed in paragraph (E) or (G) of this rule, all possible measures shall be taken to light the vessel or object towed or at least to indicate the presence of the unlighted vessel or object.

(I) Where from any sufficient cause it is impracticable for a vessel not normally engaged in towing operations to display the lights prescribed by paragraph (A), (C) or (I) 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 assisted. The searchlight authorized by rule 1501:47-2-36 of the Administrative Code may be used to illuminate the tow.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-25 Sailing vessels underway and vessels under oars.

(A) A sailing vessel underway shall exhibit:

(1) Sidelights.

(2) A sternlight.

(B) In a sailing vessel of less than twenty meters in length the lights prescribed in paragraph (A) of this rule may be combined in one lantern carried at or near the top of the mast where it can best be seen.

(C) A sailing vessel underway may, in addition to the lights prescribed in paragraph (A) of this rule, exhibit at or near the top of the mast, where they can best be seen, two all-round lights in a vertical line, the upper being red and the lower green, but these lights shall not be exhibited in conjunction with the combined lantern permitted by paragraph (B) of this rule.

(D)

(1) A sailing vessel of less than seven meters in length shall, if practicable, exhibit the lights prescribed in paragraph (A) or (B) of this rule, but if it does not, it shall have ready at hand an electric torch or lighted lantern showing a white light which shall be exhibited in sufficient time to prevent collision.

(2) A vessel under oars may exhibit the lights prescribed in this rule for sailing vessels, but if it does not, it shall have ready at hand an electric torch or lighted lantern showing a white light which shall be exhibited in sufficient time to prevent collision.

(E) A vessel proceeding under sail when also being propelled by machinery shall exhibit forward where it can best be seen a conical shape, apex downward. A vessel of less than twelve meters in length is not required to exhibit this shape, but may do so.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-26 Fishing vessels.

(A) A vessel engaged in fishing, whether underway or at anchor, shall exhibit only the lights and shapes prescribed in this rule.

(B) A vessel when engaged in trawling, by which is meant the dragging through the water of a dredge net or other apparatus used as a fishing appliance, shall exhibit:

(1) Two all-round lights in a vertical line, the upper being green and the lower white, or a shape consisting of two cones with their apexes together in a vertical line one above the other; a vessel of less than twenty meters in length may instead of this shape exhibit a basket.

(2) A masthead light abaft of and higher than the all-round green light; a vessel of less than fifty meters in length shall not be obliged to exhibit such a light but may do so.

(3) When making way through the water, in addition to the lights prescribed in this paragraph, sidelights and a sternlight.

(C) A vessel engaged in fishing, other than trawling, shall exhibit:

(1) Two all-round lights in a vertical line, the upper being red and the lower white, or a shape consisting of two cones with apexes together in a vertical line one above the other; a vessel of less than twenty meters in length may instead of this shape exhibit a basket.

(2) When there is outlying gear extending more than one hundred fifty meters horizontally from the vessel, an all-round white light or a cone apex upward in the direction of the gear.

(3) When making way through the water, in addition to the lights prescribed in this paragraph, sidelights and a sternlight.

(D) A vessel engaged in fishing in close proximity to other vessels engaged in fishing may exhibit the additional signals described in annex II of the "I.N.R.A."

(E) A vessel when not engaged in fishing shall not exhibit the lights or shapes prescribed in this rule, but only those prescribed for a vessel of its length.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-27 Vessels not under command or restricted in their ability to maneuver.

(A) A vessel not under command shall exhibit:

(1) Two all-round red lights in a vertical line where they can best be seen.

(2) Two balls or similar shapes in a vertical line where they can best be seen.

(3) When making way through the water, in addition to the lights prescribed in this paragraph, sidelights and a sternlight.

(B) A vessel restricted in its ability to maneuver, except a vessel engaged in minesweeping operations, shall exhibit:

(1) Three all-round lights in a vertical line where they can best be seen. The highest and lowest of these lights shall be red and the middle light shall be white.

(2) Three shapes in a vertical line where they can best be seen. The highest and lowest of these shapes shall be balls and the middle one a diamond.

(3) When making way through the water, masthead lights, sidelights and a sternlight, in addition to the lights prescribed in paragraph (B)(1) of this rule.

(4) When at anchor, in addition to the lights or shapes prescribed in paragraphs (B)(1) and (B)(2) of this rule, the light, lights or shapes prescribed in rule 1501:47-2-30 of the Administrative Code.

(C) A vessel engaged in a towing operation which severely restricts the towing vessel and its tow in their ability to deviate from their course shall, in addition to the lights or shapes prescribed in paragraphs (B)(1) and (B)(2) of this rule, exhibit the lights or shape prescribed in rule 1501:47-2-24 of the Administrative Code.

(D) A vessel engaged in dredging or underwater operations, when restricted in its ability to maneuver, shall exhibit the lights and shapes prescribed in paragraphs (B)(1), (B)(2), and (B)(3) of this rule and shall in addition, when an obstruction exists, exhibit:

(1) Two all-round red lights or two balls in a vertical line to indicate the side on which the obstruction exists.

(2) Two all-round green lights or two diamonds in a vertical line to indicate the side on which another vessel may pass.

(3) When at anchor, the lights or shape prescribed by this rule, instead of the lights or shapes prescribed in rule 1501:47-2-30 of the Administrative Code for anchored vessels.

(E) Whenever the size of a vessel engaged in diving operations makes it impracticable to exhibit all lights and shapes prescribed in paragraph (D) of this rule, the following shall instead be exhibited:

(1) Three all-round lights in a vertical line where they can best be seen; the highest and lowest of these lights shall be red and the middle light shall be white.

(2) A rigid replica of the International Code flag "A" not less than one meter in height; measures shall be taken to insure its all-round visibility.

(F) A vessel engaged in minesweeping operations shall, in addition to the lights prescribed for a power-driven in rule 1501:47-2-23 of the Administrative Code, exhibit three all-round green lights or three balls. One of these lights or shapes shall be exhibited near the foremast head and one at each end of the fore yard. These lights or shapes indicate that it is dangerous for another vessel to approach closer than one thousand meters astern or five hundred meters on either side of the minesweeper.

(G) A vessel of less than twelve meters in length, except when engaged in diving operations, is not required to exhibit the lights or shapes prescribed in this rule.

(H) The signals prescribed in this rule are not signals of vessels in distress and requiring assistance. Such signals are contained in annex IV of the "I.N.R.A."

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-29 Pilot vessels.

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

(1) At or near the masthead, two all-round lights in a vertical line, the upper being white and the lower red.

(2) When underway, in addition, sidelights and a sternlight.

(3) When at anchor, in addition to the lights prescribed in paragraph (A)(1) of this rule, the anchor light, lights, or shape prescribed in rule 1501:47-2-30 of the Administrative Code for anchored vessels.

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

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-30 Anchored vessels and vessels aground.

(A) A vessel at anchor shall exhibit where it can best be seen:

(1) In the fore part, an all-round white light or one ball.

(2) At or near the stern and at a lower level than the light prescribed in paragraph (A)(1) of this rule, an all-round white light.

(B) A vessel of less than fifty meters in length may exhibit an all-round white light where it can best be seen instead of the lights prescribed in paragraph (A) of this rule.

(C) A vessel at anchor may, and a vessel of one hundred meters or more in length shall, also use the available working or equivalent lights to illuminate its decks.

(D) A vessel aground shall exhibit the lights prescribed in paragraph (A) or (B) of this rule and in addition, if practicable, where they can best be seen:

(1) Two all-round red lights in a vertical line.

(2) Three balls in a vertical line.

(E) A vessel of less than seven meters in length, when at anchor, not in or near a narrow channel, fairway, anchorage, or where other vessels normally navigate, shall not be required to exhibit the lights or shape prescribed in paragraphs (A) and (B) of this rule.

(F) A vessel of less than twelve meters in length when aground shall not be required to exhibit the lights or shapes prescribed in paragraphs (D)(1) and (D)(2) of this rule.

(G) A vessel of less than twenty meters in length, when at anchor in a special anchorage area designated by the secretary or by this state or any of its political subdivisions, shall not be required to exhibit the anchor lights and shapes required by this rule.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90; 8-18-91
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-31 Seaplanes.

Where it is impracticable for a seaplane or wing-in-ground craft to exhibit lights and shapes of the characteristics or in the positions prescribed in the rules of this chapter it shall exhibit lights and shapes as closely similar in characteristics and position as is possible.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Effective: 04/17/2007
R.C. 119.032 review dates: Exempt
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1547.52
Rule Amplifies: 1547.52
Prior Effective Dates: 6/11/90 (Emer.), 8/24/90

1501:47-2-32 Definitions for rules 1501:47-2-32 to 1501:47-2-36 of the Administrative Code.

For the purpose of rules 1501:47-2-32 to 1501:47-2-36 of the Administrative Code, except where the context otherwise requires, the definitions are as follows:

(A) "Whistle" means any sound signaling appliance capable of producing the prescribed blasts and which complies with specifications in annex III of the "I.N.R.A."

(B) "Short blast" means a blast of about one second duration.

(C) "Prolonged blast" means a blast of from four to six second's duration.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-33 Equipment for sound signals.

(A) Any vessel operating on the waters of this state shall be equipped with sound signaling devices as follows:

(1) A vessel of twelve meters or more in length shall be provided with a whistle.

(2) A vessel of twenty meters or more in length shall be provided with a bell in addition to the required whistle.

(3) A vessel of one hundred meters or more, in addition to the required whistle and bell, shall be provided with a gong, the tone and sound of which cannot be confused with that of the bell.

(B) Any whistle, bell, or gong shall comply with the specifications in annex III of the "I.N.R.A." The bell or gong or both may be replaced by other equipment having the same respective sound characteristics, provided that manual sounding of the prescribed signals shall always be possible.

(C) A vessel of less than twelve meters in length shall not be obliged to carry the sound signaling appliances prescribed in paragraph (A) of this rule but if it does not, it shall be provided with some other means of making an efficient sound signal.

(D) A vessel that is propelled by human muscular effort, a sailing vessel and a power-driven vessel less than sixteen feet in length, when using waters other than lake Erie, the Ohio river or the Muskingum river, shall not be obligated to carry the sound signaling appliances prescribed in paragraphs (A) and (B) of this rule or produce the sound signals prescribed in rules 1501:47-2-34 and 1501:47-2-35 of the Administrative Code.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Effective: 08/08/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/28/2014 and Exempt
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1547.52
Rule Amplifies: 1547.52
Prior Effective Dates: 6/11/90 (Emer), 8/24/90, 4/17/07

1501:47-2-34 Maneuvering and warning signals.

(A) When power-driven vessels are in sight of one another and meeting or crossing at a distance within half a mile of each other, each vessel underway, when maneuvering as authorized or required by this rule.

(1) Shall indicate that maneuver by the following signals on its whistle one short blast to mean "I intend to leave you on my port side", two short blasts to mean "I intend to leave you on my starboard side", and three short blasts to mean "I am operating astern propulsion."

(2) Upon hearing the one or two blast signal of the other shall, if in agreement, sound the same whistle signal and take the steps necessary to effect a safe passing. If, however, from any cause, the vessel doubts the safety of the proposed maneuver, it shall sound the danger signal specified in paragraph (D) of this rule and each vessel shall take appropriate precautionary action until a safe passing agreement is made.

(B) A vessel may supplement the whistle signals prescribed in paragraph (A) of this rule by light signals:

(1) These signals shall have the following significance: one flash to mean "I intend to leave you on my port side"; two flashes to mean "I intend to leave you on my starboard side"; three flashes to mean "I am operating astern propulsion."

(2) The duration of each flash shall be about one second.

(3) The light used for this signal shall, if fitted, be one all-round white or yellow light, visible at a minimum range of two miles, synchronized with the whistle, and shall comply with the provisions of annex I of the "I.N.R.A."

(C) When in sight of one another:

(1) A power-driven vessel intending to overtake another power-driven vessel shall indicate its intention by the following signals on its whistle: one short blast to mean "I intend to overtake you on your starboard side"; two short blasts to mean "I intend to overtake you on your port side."

(2) The power-driven vessel about to be overtaken shall, if in agreement, sound a similar sound signal. If in doubt it shall sound the danger signal prescribed in paragraph (D) of this rule.

(D) When vessels in sight of one another are approaching each other and from any cause either vessel fails to understand the intentions or actions of the other, or is in doubt whether sufficient action is being taken by the other to avoid collision, the vessel in doubt shall immediately indicate such doubt by giving at least five short and rapid blasts on the whistle. This signal may be supplemented by a light signal of at least five short and rapid flashes.

(E) A vessel nearing a bend or an area of a channel or fairway where other vessels may be obscured by an intervening obstruction shall sound one prolonged blast. This signal shall be answered with a prolonged blast by any approaching vessel that may be within hearing around the bend or behind the intervening obstruction.

(F) If whistles are fitted on a vessel at a distance apart of more than one hundred meters, one whistle only shall be used for giving maneuvering and warning signals.

(G) When a power-driven vessel is leaving a dock or berth, it shall sound one prolonged blast.

(H) A vessel that reaches agreement with another vessel in a meeting, crossing, or overtaking situation by using the radiotelephone as prescribed by the "Bridge-to-Bridge Radiotelephone Act", 85 Stat. 165; 33 U.S.C. 1207 , is not obliged to sound the whistle signals prescribed by this rule, but may do so. If agreement is not reached, then whistle signals shall be exchanged in a timely manner and shall prevail.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-35 Sound signals in restricted visibility.

In or near an area of restricted visibility, whether by day or night, the signals prescribed in this rule shall be used as follows:

(A) A power-driven vessel making way through the water shall sound at intervals of not more than two minutes, one prolonged blast.

(B) A power-driven vessel underway but stopped and making no way through the water shall sound at intervals of not more than two minutes, two prolonged blasts in succession with an interval of about two seconds between them.

(C) A vessel not under command; a vessel restricted in its ability to maneuver, whether underway or at anchor; a sailing vessel; a vessel engaged in fishing, whether underway or at anchor; and a vessel engaged in towing or pushing another vessel shall, instead of the signals prescribed in paragraph (A) or (B) of this rule, sound at intervals of not more than two minutes, three blasts in succession; namely, one prolonged blast followed by two short blasts.

(D) A vessel towed or if more than one vessel is towed the last vessel of the tow, if manned, shall at intervals of not more than two minutes sound four blasts in succession; namely, one prolonged blast followed by three short blasts. When practicable, this signal shall be made immediately after the signal made by the towing vessel.

(E) 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 shall give the signals prescribed in paragraph (A) or (B) of this rule.

(F) A vessel at anchor shall at intervals of not more than one minute ring the bell rapidly for about five seconds. In a vessel of one hundred meters or more in length the bell shall be sounded in the forepart of the vessel and immediately after the ringing of the bell the gong shall be sounded rapidly for about five seconds in the after part of the vessel. A vessel at anchor may in addition sound three blasts in succession; namely, one short, one prolonged and one short blast, to give warning of its position and of the possibility of collision to an approaching vessel.

(G) A vessel aground shall give the bell signal and if required the gong signal prescribed in paragraph (F) of this rule and shall, in addition, give three separate and distinct strokes on the bell immediately before and after the rapid ringing of the bell. A vessel aground may in addition sound an appropriate whistle signal.

(H) A vessel of less than twelve meters in length shall not be obliged to give the above-mentioned signals but, if it does not, shall make some other efficient sound signal at intervals of not more than two minutes.

(I) A pilot vessel when engaged on pilotage duty may in addition to the signals prescribed in paragraph (A), (B) or (F) of this rule sound an identity signal consisting of four short blasts.

(J) The following vessels shall not be required to sound signals as prescribed in paragraph (F) of this rule when anchored in a special anchorage area designated by the secretary:

(1) A vessel of less than twenty meters in length.

(2) A barge, canal boat, scow, or other nondescript craft.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52

1501:47-2-36 Signals to attract attention.

If necessary to attract the attention of another vessel, any vessel may make light or sound signals that cannot be mistaken for any signal authorized elsewhere in rules 1501:47-2-32 to 1501:47-2-36 of the Administrative Code, or may direct the beam of its searchlight in the direction of the danger, in such a way as not to embarrass any vessel.

For the purposes of this rule, the term "embarrass" means to interfere with, in any way, the safe navigation of any vessel.

No person shall operate or permit to be operated, any vessel on the waters in this state, in violation of this rule.

Eff 6-11-90 (Emer.); 8-24-90
Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule amplifies: RC 1547.52