Make Way

  • Large Vessels MUST navigate within the channel.
  • By Law, small vessels must give ships and barges room to safely pass. Failure to do so can result in a fine up to $5000.
  • Keep a good lookout at all times. If you have to move, take your anchor with you. Anchors left can foul propellers.
  • Tow Operators may have difficulty seeing over barges. Keep well clear.
  • Five or more short blasts on the large vessel’s horn is the danger signal. Boats in the way must move immediately!
  • Avoid joining hog lines that protrude out into the channel.
  • Contact large vessels on marine VHF radio channels 13 and 16.
  • Large vessels need room to maneuver. Keep well clear when they are turning.
  • KEEP CLEAR OF TURNING BARGES. Depending on current, wind and other factors they may need additional area. Barges & Ships may need the full width of the channel to maneuver or pass.

Content provided by the U.S. Coast Guard.