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Vessel operators should always operate in a manner that allows all vessels to navigate safely, especially when operating in narrow waterways or around commercial vessel traffic.

  • In narrow channels every vessel must, when it is safe and practical, keep to that side of the fairway or mid-channel which lies on the starboard side of the vessel.
  • Where a vessel operator's vision is obscured by bridges or other obstructions ahead, by sharp bends in a narrow waterway, or by fog and weather conditions, the vessel must be operated at reduced speed such that it can be stopped, if necessary, within the distance the operator or a lookout is able to see ahead.