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