Message to the Congress Transmitting Amendments to the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
the Congress of the
with the International Navigational Rules Act of 1977 (Public Law 95 - 75; 33
U.S.C. 1602), I transmit herewith amendments to the Convention on the
International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972, adopted at
London, November 19, 1987. The Convention on the International Regulations for
Preventing Collisions at Sea (72 COLREGS), done at
Amendment one makes a minor modification to the language in rule 1(e). The existing provisions of rule 1(e) allow for alternative compliance with the provisions of the rules with respect to the number, position, range, or arc of visibility of lights or shapes and with respect to the disposition or characteristics of sound-signalling appliances. Under the existing provisions of rule 1, it must be shown that the vessel cannot achieve full compliance ``without interfering with the special function of the vessel.'' Amendment one deletes that requirement from the rule and thus allows for alternative compliance without showing interference with the special function of the vessel. However, such alternative compliance must still be approved by the Government concerned, and such a vessel must still be in ``closest possible compliance'' with the rules. Amendment one will allow the Government concerned more flexibility in approving alternative compliance in cases where safety needs are met but full compliance would be economically unreasonable.
The other eight amendments amend language contained in the general definitions and in the section treating actions to avoid collisions as well as modify the text of the existing rules on matters such as traffic separation schemes and lanes and positioning and technical details relating to lights and distress signals.
Consistent with section 5 of the Inland Navigational Rules Act of 1980 (section 5 of Public Law 96 - 591; 33 U.S.C. 2073), each of these proposed amendments at various times has been considered by the Rules of the Road Advisory Council, which has concurred with them.
the absence of a duly enacted law to the contrary, I will proclaim that the
amendments will enter into force for the
The White House,