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Buoyage Recognition

Safe Water Mark


Indicates safe water all round the buoy May be used as a mid channel, landfall or centreline buoy White light Occulting, Isophase, long flash 10secs or morse A

EAST Cardinal Mark


Indicates safe water is to the east of the mark White light Very Quick (VQ) 3 every 5secs OR Quick (Q) 3 every 10secs

Region A Port Hand Buoy


Red light
Any rhythm EXCEPT 2+1

Region A Preferred Channel To Port


Green Light Group Flash 2 + 1

Region A Starboard Hand Buoy


Green light Any rhythm EXCEPT 2 + 1

Special Mark
Yellow Light Any rhythm not used for a white light

South Cardinal Mark


Safe water lies to the south of the buoy White light Quick (Q) 6 + long flash every 15secs Very Quick (VQ) 6 + long flash every 10secs

Region B Starboard Hand Buoy


Red light Any rhythm EXCEPT 2 + 1

Isolated Danger Mark Danger of limited horizontal extent with safe water allround the buoy
White light Group Flash 2

Region B Preferred Channel to Starboard Green light Group Flash 2 + 1

Region B Starboard Hand Buoy


Red Light Any rhythm EXCEPT 2 + 1

Region B Preferred Channel to Port


Red Light Group Flash 2 + 1

North Cardinal Mark Safe water lies to the NORTH of the buoy
White light Continuous Quick (Q) or Very Quick (VQ) flashing

Region B Preferred Channel to Port


Red Light Group Flash 2 + 1

Safe Water Mark Indicates safe water all round the buoy May be used as a mid channel, landfall or centreline buoy White light Occulting, Isophase, long flash 10secs or morse A

West Cardinal Mark


Indicates safe water lies to the west of the buoy White light Quick (Q) 9 every 15secs Very Quick (VQ) 9 every 10secs

Region B Port Hand Buoy


Green Light Any rhythm EXCEPT 2 + 1

Special Mark
Yellow Light Any rhythm not used for a white light

East Cardinal Mark


Safe water lies to the east of the buoy White light Very Quick (VQ) 3 every 5secs Quick (Q) 3 every 10secs

Special Mark
Yellow lightAny rhythm NOT used for a white light On which side of the ship will you leave it ?

Safe Water Mark


Indicates safe water all round the buoy May be used as a mid channel, landfall or centreline buoy White light Occulting, Isophase, long flash 10secs or morse A

Region A Preferred Channel to Starboard


Red Light Group Flash 2 + 1

Emergency Wreck Marking Buoy


Flashing alternate Blue & Yellow light for 1sec each, with an interval of 0.5secs between flashes.

Region A Starboard Hand Buoy


Green light Any rhythm EXCEPT 2 +1

Region A Preferred Channel to Starboard


Red light Group flash 2 + 1

Region A Preferred Channel to Port


Green light Group flash 2 + 1

Isolated Danger Mark Danger of limited horizontal extent with safe water allround the buoy White light Group Flash 2

Region B Preferred Channel to Starboard


Green light Group Flash 2 + 1

Special Mark Yellow light Any rhythm not used for a white light

South Cardinal Mark Safe water lies to the south of the buoy
White light Quick 6 + long flash every 15secs Very Quick 6 + long flash every 10secs

Region B Starboard Hand Buoy


Red light Any rhythm EXCEPT 2 +1

Group Exercise
In the following slide : Identify the Region ? Plan a passage thru the buoyed channel, starting at the fairway buoy

Group Exercise
In the following slide : Identify the Region ? Plan a passage thru the buoyed channel, starting at the fairway buoy