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Lateral marks

(exctraction from Regulations about marks and the way of marking of fairways in the internal sea waters and territorial sea of the Republic of Croatia)

By Lateral (side) marking system on a defined channel or passage, port side or starboard side, or both sides of the channel or passage are marked, as well as port entrances.

Mark on starboard side or port side indicates that a vessel should pass the mark on the starboard side or on the port side.

Starboard side or port side is determined by the direction of a vessel approaching a port, a river, an estuary, or some other fairway, coming from the open sea.

In channels which lie parallel with the cost and have access from both sides starboard side or port side is determined by means of direction of moving of watch hands.

By Modified lateral marks bi-furcation of a channel is indicated and preffered channel as a more convenient route is indicated.

Structures of lights which make part of lateral (side) system are coloured in colours which are characteristic for that system. They cannot be coloured in another colour the meaning of which would not agree with this system.

These regulations are valid also for port lights inside a port. In that case by colour of the structure side on which the light should be left when approaching or berthing is indicated. If the structure of the light is not coloured by a colour which is specific for lateral marking system, one can approach the port and berth from any side. In that case white colour is used for light structure and for light itself.

NAUTICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF LATERAL MARKS

LATERAL MARKS PORTSIDE STARBOARDSIDE
SHAPE OF MARK Cylindrical, pillar or spar Conical, pillar or spar
COLOUR OF MARK Red Green
TOPMARK Single red cylinder Single green cone, point upward
COLOUR OF LIGHT Red Green
CHARACTER OF LIGHT Any, other than composite group flashing (2+1) Any, other than composite group flashing (2+1)

NAUTICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF MODIFIED LATERAL MARKS

MODIFIED LATERAL MARKS PREFERRED CHANNEL TO STARBOARD SIDE PREFERRED CHANNEL TO PORT SIDE
SHAPE OF MARK Cylindrical, pillar or spar Conical, pillar or spar
COLOUR OF MARK Red with one broad green horizontal band Green with one broad red horizontal band
TOPMARK Single red cylinder Single green cone, point upward
COLOUR OF LIGHT Red Green
CHARACTER OF LIGHT Composite group flashing (2+1) Composite group flashing (2+1)

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