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It's the Law

Operating in Narrow River Channels


Rivers usually have only narrow channels that are deep enough for vessel operation. To operate safely and avoid collisions when operating on a river, you must:

  • Keep as far to the starboard (right) side of the river channel as is safe and practical.
  • Proceed with caution and use the appropriate sound signals when:
    • You are overtaking or being overtaken.
    • Your view is obstructed, such as when you near a bend in the river.
  • Follow the path of the river and do not cut corners as you approach a blind spot.