Rules of Navigation Law and Legal Definition

A rule of navigation, as applied in maritime law, refers to those principles and regulations that govern the steering and sailing of vessels to avoid collisions. Rules governing conduct on the high seas, Inland Rules governing navigation on the inland waters of the United States and U.S. vessels on the Canadian waters of the Great Lakes are a few examples of rules of navigation. The rules of navigation are codified at 33 USCS § 1602-§ 1608 and § 2001-2073.