Pilotage Updates and Safety
Safety Bulletins: Boat Responsibly
North American Safe Boating Campaign
National Boating Safety Week: MAY 20-26, 2017
2016 launched the North American Safe Boating Campaign, a
yearlong effort focused on spreading the message of boating safety and the critical importance of always wearing a life jacket each and every time on the water with the national theme, Wear It! That theme continues into 2017 with National Boating Safety Week in May.
To learn more, visit: http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com/
To download the Boat Responsibly: Wear A Life Jacket Flyer, click here!
Boating Responsibility: Make Way
Content provided by the U.S. Coast Guard. To download the Make Way Flyer, click here.
- Large Vessels MUST navigate within the channel.
- By Law, small vessels must give ships and barges room to safely pass. Failure to do so can result in a fine up to $5000.
- Keep a good lookout at all times. If you have to move, take your anchor with you. Anchors left can foul propellers.
- Tow Operators may have difficulting seeing over barges. Keep well clear.
- Five or more short blasts on the large vessel's horn is the danger signal. Boats in the way must move immediately!
- Avoid joining hog lines that protrude out into the channel.
- Contact large vessels on marine VHF radio channels 13 and 16.
- Large vessels need room to maneuver. Keep well clear when they are turning.
- KEEP CLEAR OF TURNING BARGES. Depending on current, wind and other factos they may need additonal area. Barges & Ships may need the full width of the channel to manuver or pass.