Inland Rules of Navigation Law & Legal Definition


Inland Rules of Navigation refers to the rules of navigation that apply to bodies of water that are entirely surrounded by land and do not commingle with the ocean or sea. Inland Rules of Navigation regulates navigation, speed and collisions of vessels operating in rivers and lakes. The Inland Rules replace the old Inland Rules, Western Rivers Rules, Great Lakes Rules, and their respective pilot rules and interpretive rules, and parts of the Motorboat Act of 1940. Following the signing of the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972, the various inland navigation rules were codified into the Inland Navigation Rules Act of 1980.