Objectives IDENTIFY applicable Navigational Rules for intended route. EXAMINE navigation lights. EXAMINE Automatic Identification System (AIS). EXAMINE internal communication system. VERIFY radar compliance with applicable standards. EXAMINE magnetic compass.
Objectives EXAMINE swing meter. EXAMINE radio equipment. EXAMINE sound signaling devices. EXAMINE navigation charts and publications. EXAMINE vessel search light. EXAMINE electronic position fixing device EXAMINE records documenting required tests prior to getting underway.
Marine Radar UTVs > 12 M (39.4 ft) Exempt in fleeting areas, assistance towing, pollution response Meets Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM) Standard; Detailed regs 33 CFR 164.72 When in doubt, contact manufacturer to see if particular model meets standards.
Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) vs Cathoid Ray Tube (CRT)
Searchlight 33 CFR 164.72(a)(2) UTVs > 12 M (39.4 ft) directed from main steering station range 2 times length of tow
Magnetic Compass UTV operating exclusively on Western Rivers May have either a 1.Illuminated swing meter or, 2.Illuminated card type magnetic steering compass readable from main steering station All other UTV’s >39.4’ must have illuminated card type magnetic steering compass
Charts 33 CFR 164.72(b)(1) UTVs > 12 M (39.4 ft), Charts or maps for area of operation; (current edition; extract acceptable)
Navigation Publications Light List 33 CFR 164.72(b)(2) (UTVs > 39.4 ft) USCG Light List for area of operation
Navigational Publications Western Rivers 33 CFR 164.72(b)(2) UTVs > 12 M (39.4 ft); towing on Western Rivers only ACOE Notices to Navigation (when available), or USCG local notice to mariners Also, River Current Tables published by ACOE or River Authority
Navigational Publications Near Costal, GL’s, Oceans 33 CFR 164.72(b)(2) UTVs > 12 M (39.4 ft); towing on Western Rivers only NIMA (National Imagery and Mapping Agency) Notice to Mariners, or USCG local notice to mariners Also, Tide Tables
Coast Pilot 33 CFR 164.72 (b)(2) UTV’s > 39.4 ft towing other than western rivers Currently corrected edition, or corrected abstract of Coast Pilot
Navigational Safety 33 CFR 161.4 (UTVs > 26 ft) VTS Rules (for VTS users only; also included in Coast Pilot)
Communications 33 CFR 26.03(a)(3) UTVs > 26ft NOT subject to Great Lakes Radio Agreement VHF FM radios (including portable radios, i.e. handhelds) Capable of transmitting / receiving on VHF FM Ch. 13 and, Be capable of maintaining a continuous listening watch on Ch 16.
Communications in “Special Waters” 33 CFR 26.03(e) & (f) Select Waters on Mississippi, UTV’s must have an additional radio that is: capable of transmitting and receiving on Ch 67, VTS areas, UTV’s must have on board a radio that; Is capable of transmitting and receiving on VTS frequency in 33 CFR 161.12(c)
Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) Digital Selective Calling (DSC) Since 1999, FCC required fixed mount radios to be equipped with the DSC feature. DSC allows ship to ship private calls DSC also has a distress channel monitored by commercial ships DSC has a single button emergency transmission DSC’s must be encoded with a unique nine digit FCC I.D. number
Navigational Lights INLD (33 USC 2023) & INTL White Mast Head Light (225 degrees); 2 nd mast head light abaft/above if >50M 3 rd mast head light abaft/above if >200M
Navigational Lights (33 USC 1602) Rule 24 Towing astern Towing Lights Varies between Int & Inland
Navigation Lights 33 CFR 84.0933 CFR 84.09 Navigation Side Lights UTVs > 20 M (65.6 ft) Fitted w/black screens
Navigation Lights INLD (33 USC 2024) Rule 24 (i) Western Rivers (WR) Exception: White masthead lights are NOT required on UTVs engaged in towing on WRs above the Huey P. Long Bridge across the Lower Mississippi River, and the waters specified in 33 CFR 89.27.
Sound Producing Device <39.4 ft INLD (33 USC 2033) & INTL (33 USC 1602) Rule 33 A means of making an efficient sound signal
Sound Producing Device 39.4 ft – 65.6 ft INLD (33 USC 2033) & INTL (33 USC 1602) Rule 33 Whistle audible ½ mile & 7.9” bell
Sound Producing Device > (100m) 328 ft INLD (33 USC 2033) & INTL (33 USC 1602) Rule 33 Whistle audible ? ? ” bell What else?
Craft a Deficiency While conducting a UTV exam on a 47’ tug (which operates in the San Francisco Bay doing escorts and small towing jobs), you notice that the tug’s search light is inoperable. The vessel’s operator states that the searchlight can not be used in this area due to the high traffic density, and it has not worked in years.
Craft a Deficiency VSL’s search light is inoperable. IAW 33 CFR 164.72(a)(2) repair search light and demonstrate operation to the satisfaction of the attending UTV Examiner by xxxxxx 2012.
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