Federal Waterway Regulations
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Below you'll find links to e-CFR for Title
33 (Navigation and Navigable Waters).
Please note that these Federal waterway regulations do not encompass all rules
that may impact the navigation of your vessel.
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Listing By Subject: Subsections of Title 33 include the
Coast Guard Jurisdiction
33 CFR 2 - Defines terms the Coast Guard uses in regulations, policies,
and procedures, to determine whether it has jurisdiction on certain waters
in cases where specific jurisdictional definitions are not otherwise
Coast Guard Organization
33 CFR 3 - Coast Guard Areas, Districts, Marine Inspection Zones,
and Captain of the Port Zones. Describes the jurisdiction boundaries
of each Coast Guard Area, District, Marine Inspection Zone (MIZ), and
Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone.
Protection and Security of Vessels, Harbors, and Waterfront
33 CFR 6 - Defines and provides general provisions.
33 CFR 80 - COLREGS Demarcation Lines
33 CFR 81 - 72 COLREGS: Implementing Rule
33 CFR 82 - 72 COLREGS: Interpretive Rules
Inland Navigation Rules
33 CFR 84 - Annex I: Positioning and technical details of lights and
33 CFR 85 - Annex II: Additional signals for fishing vessels fishing
in close proximity
33 CFR 86 - Annex III: Technical details of sound signal appliances
33 CFR 87 - Annex IV: Distress signals
33 CFR 88 - Annex V: Pilot Rules
33 CFR 90 - Inland Navigation Rules: Interpretive Rules
Regattas and Marine Parades
33 CFR 100 - Safety of Life on Navigable Waters. Provides
effective control over regattas and marine parades conducted on the
navigable waters of the United States so as to insure safety of life in
the regatta or marine parade area.
33 CFR 109 - General
33 CFR 110 - Anchorage Regulations
33 CFR 114 - General
33 CFR 115 - Bridge Locations and Clearances; Administrative
33 CFR 117 - Drawbridge Operation Regulations
33 CFR 147 - Regulations adopted for safety zones may extend to the
prevention or control of specific activities and access by vessels or
persons, and include measures to protect the living resources of the sea
from harmful agents.
33 CFR 157 - Rules for the Protection of the Marine Environment
relating to Tank Vessels Carrying Oil in Bulk.
Ports and Waterways Safety
33 CFR 160 - Ports and Waterways Safety, General
33 CFR 161 - Vessel Traffic Management
33 CFR 162 - Inland Waterways Navigation Regulations
33 CFR 163 - Towing of Barges
33 CFR 164 - Navigation Safety Regulations
33 CFR 165 - Regulated Navigation Areas and Limited Access Areas
33 CFR 166 - Shipping Safety Fairways
33 CFR 167 - Offshore Traffic Separation Schemes
33 CFR 168 - Escort Requirements for Certain Tankers
33 CFR 169 - Ship Reporting Systems
33 CFR 177 - Correction of Especially Hazardous Conditions
US Army Corps of Engineers - Navigation Regulations
33 CFR 207 - Regulations regarding locks on US Navigable Waterways.
Seaway Regulations And Rules
33 CFR 401 - These regulations control the equipment and operation of
vessels using the St. Lawrence Seaway,
a set of channels and locks that connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic
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