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Old 07-02-2012, 02:08   #1
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All round Yellow Navigation Light Function

I have found a couple of navigation light manufacturers offer an all-round yellow navigation light for vessels >20m. Aqua Signal and Perko both have these. These are not quick flashing yellow lights that are used on a fast boat like a hydrofoil - just fixed all round yellow.

I cannot find any reference in Colregs or elsewhere for a need for this. Anyone know their purpose?
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Re: All round Yellow Navigation light function

I thought that the flashing bit would be done by the switch gear, the light itself would be no different from a normal all round light
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I thought that the flashing bit would be done by the switch gear, the light itself would be no different from a normal all round light
Understand the point you are making but suspect this might not be correct cos the ones I have seen have traditional incandescent bulbs and I cannot think that they would be suitable for quick flashers. Surely quick flash yellow all round are strobes and only made possible by that technology? Not sure though.
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Re: All round Yellow Navigation light function

360 deg yellow flashing is for towing
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360 deg yellow flashing is for towing
Nope that is not it... Inland Rules states that you can have a whistle signal light that is in sync with your whistle. Can be either all around white or yellow. So when you give passing signals the light will lightup when you sound the whistle.
So when you see a vessel far ahead of you and there is a single flash, they are trying to get a passing agreement from you. An considering the speed of light and sound; you will see the light first before you hear the whistle.

For towing ahead or on the hip the special flashing yellow light will have an arc of 180 to 225 degrees. Mounted on and in center of the bow of the first barge/barges. It flashes 50~70 times per minute.
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Nope that is not it... Inland Rules states that you can have a whistle signal light that is in sync with your whistle. Can be either all around white or yellow. So when you give passing signals the light will lightup when you sound the whistle.
So when you see a vessel far ahead of you and there is a single flash, they are trying to get a passing agreement from you. An considering the speed of light and sound; you will see the light first before you hear the whistle.

For towing ahead or on the hip the special flashing yellow light will have an arc of 180 to 225 degrees. Mounted on and in center of the bow of the first barge/barges. It flashes 50~70 times per minute.
I suspected it might have something to do with inland waterways rather than international. I can see its utility as a passing light but doubt that it would be used as a fast flashing light. And is all round so.....
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Just to add: Under ColRegs your can have an all around white light, range 5 NM to lightup in conjunction with your whistle...
But don't say anything about being in sync or not.
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Re: All round Yellow Navigation light function

ferries in certain ports with a capable speed of greater than 20 knot an all round yellow. Gladstone Australia have this rule.
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Understand the point you are making but suspect this might not be correct cos the ones I have seen have traditional incandescent bulbs and I cannot think that they would be suitable for quick flashers. Surely quick flash yellow all round are strobes and only made possible by that technology? Not sure though.
Just had a look at the Aqua signal catalogue, shows flashinbg all round lights for inland waterways, bulb is "special tungston filament", which is the same bulb we use in our AS lights.
Googel Aqua Signal all round light and you should find the info
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I did find this in the US code title 33,2034

"(b) Light signals A vessel may supplement the whistle signals prescribed in paragraph (a) of this Rule by light signals:
(i) These signals shall have the following significance: one flash to mean “I intend to leave you on my port side”; two flashes to mean “I intend to leave you on my starboard side”; three flashes to mean “I am operating astern propulsion”;
(ii) The duration of each flash shall be about 1 second; and
(iii) The light used for this signal shall, if fitted, be one all-round white or yellow light, visible at a minimum range of 2 miles, synchronized with the whistle, and shall comply with the provisions of Annex I to these Rules.
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Re: All round Yellow Navigation light function

I don't know the law, but I see with some frequency, yellow lights on tugs pushing barges in the local ICWW.
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I did find this in the US code title 33,2034

"(b) Light signals A vessel may supplement the whistle signals prescribed in paragraph (a) of this Rule by light signals:
(i) These signals shall have the following significance: one flash to mean “I intend to leave you on my port side”; two flashes to mean “I intend to leave you on my starboard side”; three flashes to mean “I am operating astern propulsion”;
(ii) The duration of each flash shall be about 1 second; and
(iii) The light used for this signal shall, if fitted, be one all-round white or yellow light, visible at a minimum range of 2 miles, synchronized with the whistle, and shall comply with the provisions of Annex I to these Rules.
I can accept that. If synchronized with the sound signal it would be one or two seconds I suppose and not really a flash as such. Makes sense. Thanks for the effort. Inland waters is not much of an issue in Australia - dry continent. I have had no exposure to other inland waterways.
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Re: All round Yellow Navigation light function

An all around,flashing, yellow light is required (in addition to the normal running lights) as per the international rules (rule 23 (b)), for an air cushon vessel, less than 50 meters in length operating in the non-displacement mode. This is the only place that I can determine that an all around yellow light is required. All other yellow lights are less than all around
The flashing lights, synchronized with whistle signals, are required to be white. (Rule 34 (b)(iii), for international, and may be either white or yellow for inland.
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Re: All round Yellow Navigation light function

All around flashing yellow is displayed where it can best be seen by ACVs, aka hovercraft, when operating in non-displacement mode.
Also used to mark dredge pipe.
Both are 50-7o flashes per minute.
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Re: All round Yellow Navigation light function

I also found, after checking, that a submarine must also disply a flashing yellow, all around light, in addition to the normal running lights.
Sorry for the delay, but I wanted to be sure before I posted.
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