Term referring to lakes, streams, rivers, canals, waterways, inlets, bays and the like.

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INLAND RULES OF THE ROAD

Officially the Inland Navigation Rules; Rules to be followed by all vessels while navigating upon certain defined inland waters of the United States.

BLOCKSHIP

A vessel sunk deliberately to block a waterway to prevent the waterwayʹs use by an enemy.

NARROWS

A narrow part of a navigable waterway.

LATERAL MARK

A navigation aid intended to mark the sides of a channel or waterway

COLLISION AVOIDANCE SYSTEM

An electronic system commonly used to prevent collisions in inland navigable waterways.

AWO

American Waterway Operators. The national trade association for the barge and towing industry and the shipyards employed in the repair and construction of these craft.

DOCK

A structure built along, or at an angle from, a navigable waterway so that vessels may lie alongside to receive or discharge cargo. Sometimes, the whole wharf is informally called a dock.

BAYOU

A minor, sluggish waterway or estuaries creek, generally tidal or with a slow or imperceptible current, and with its course gener- ally through lowlands or swamps, tributary to or connecting with other bodies of water. Various specific meanings have been implied in different parts of the southern United States. Sometimes called SLOUGH.

CANAL

1. An artificial waterway for navigation. 2. A long, fairly straight natural channel with steep sloping sides. 3. Any water- course or channel. 4. A sluggish coastal stream, as used locally on the Atlantic coast of the U.S.

COLREGS DEMARCATION LINES

Lines delineating the waters upon which mariners must comply with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 (72 COLREGS) and those waters upon which mariners must comply with the Navigation Rules for Harbors, Rivers, and Inland Waters (Inland Rules). The waters outside the lines are COLREGS waters. For specifics concerning COLREGS Demarcation Lines see U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 33, Navigation and Navigable Waters; Part 82, COLREGS Demarcation Lines.

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