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The rules for operating in a narrow channel are found in the Collision Regulations.

A vessel in a narrow channel must keep as far to the edge of the channel on the vessel’s starboard (right) side as is safe and practical.

If you are operating a power-driven vessel and are heading upstream, all power-driven vessels coming toward you from the opposite direction (heading downstream) have the right-of-way and you must give way.

If you are operating a vessel less than 20 metres (65.6 feet) in length, a sailing vessel, a vessel engaged in fishing, or a vessel crossing the channel, you may not get in the way of vessels that can only navigate within the channel (such as a large ship). Narrow passageways restrict movement for large vessels and make it dangerous for ships to alter their courses.

You must not anchor in a narrow channel, unless the circumstances require anchoring.

You must use the appropriate sound signals and use caution while operating in a narrow channel when:

  • Overtaking or being overtaken
  • Your view is obstructed such as when you approach a bend in the channel

If you are leaving a dock, slip, or tie-up mooring, you must give way to all approaching vessels.

Small vessel not visible from the bridge of large commercial vessel
Small recreational vessels often cannot be seen from the bridge of commercial vessels. Always stay astern of deep-draft traffic.