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BOAT SAFETY - SOUND SIGNALS

Waterway Sound Signals for Boats

  Passing and Meeting   (Head-on) Situations 

 
 

Boats Passing --
Port to Port

* not sounded in International waters
Marine sound signals for boats passing head-to-head port to port
 
 

Boats Passing --
Starboard to
Starboard


* not sounded in International waters
Waterway sound signal for boats passing starboard to starboard
 

Boats Path Meeting --
Head to Head

Waterway sound signals for boats meeting head to head
 

   Boats Crossing Situation - Sound Signals

 
Give-way
"Burdened"
vessel
(in blue)
Boat safety for right-of-way in crossing situation. Red vessel
1 short blast
(1 sec.) *


* (not sounded
on International
waters)
Stand-on
"Privileged"
vessel (in red)
holds course
and speed
 

  Boats Overtaking Situation 

 

Inland Rules:
"I want to pass you on your
port side."  2 short blasts
(1 sec.) from blue vessel.

"Proceed" from red
vessel, 2 short blasts (1 sec.)


International Rules:
"I am altering my
course to port"
2 short blasts (1sec.)

 

Stand-on "Privileged" Vessel (in red) Being Overtaken
Boating safety for overtaking situation on waterway
Give-way "Burdened" Vessel
(in blue) Overtaking

Inland Rules:
"I want to pass you on your starboard side." 1 short blast (1 sec.) from blue vessel.

"Proceed" from red
vessel, 1 short blast
(1 sec.)


International Rules:
"I am altering my
course to starboard"
1 short blast (1 sec.)
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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