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Bifurcation day beacons are diamond-shaped. They are placed at the junction of two channels to indicate the preferred (main) channel when a channel splits.

Starboard Bifurcation Day Beacons

Starboard bifurcation day beacons have a red triangle in the centre of a white diamond and a red border. When travelling upstream, the preferred channel is to the left (port) and these day beacons are on your starboard (right) side.

Starboard bifurcation day beacon

Port Bifurcation Day Beacons

Port bifurcation day beacons have a green square in the centre of a white diamond and a red border. When travelling upstream, the preferred channel is to the right (starboard) and these day beacons are on your port (left) side.

Port bifurcation day beacon