San Andreas County Marine Control and Regulation Act - 2008

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San Andreas County Marine Control and Regulation Act - 2008

Post by Allegra » Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:21 am

((This is from years ago and for whatever reason was OOCly moved. ICly however it is still in effect))

The San Andreas County Marine Control and Regulation Act

The United States Coast Guard, Sector San Andreas, is proud to announce the re-opening of it's Los Santos station.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has roles in maritime homeland security, maritime law enforcement (MLE), search and rescue (SAR), marine environmental protection (MEP), and the maintenance of river, intracoastal and offshore aids to navigation (ATON).

While most military services are either at war or training for war, the Coast Guard is deployed every day. With a decentralized organization and much responsibility placed on even the most junior personnel, the Coast Guard is frequently lauded for its quick responsiveness and adaptability in a broad range of emergencies.

The United States Coast Guard, Sector Los Santos, in conjunction with the City of Los Santos Mayor's office, is issuing a new series of maritime laws that will affect Los Santos and San Andreas as a whole.


Part One - Safety
  • All vessels are now required by law to have Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) aboard
    1. There must be one PFD Type-I per person on the vessel. That means if there are three people on the vessel, there must be three PFDs aboard.
    2. The following people are required by law to always be wearing a PFD
      • Children under 12 years of age
      • Persons water skiing or being towed in any manner
      • Personal watercraft users (eg: Jet Ski)
      • Persons aboard a canoe or kayak
    3. The operator and/or owner of the boat is legally responsible to ensure that all passengers required to wear a PFD do so.
  • Visual Distress Equiptment
    1. All recreational boats when used on coastal waters must be equipped with visual distress signals. Boats also owned in the United States operating on the high seas must also be equipped with visual distress signals. The following are the signals allowed, and time restrictions for the signals:
      • Orange flag - Daytime use only
      • Arm signals (Bright cloth held in your hand) - Daytime use only
      • Floodlight/Spotlight - Nighttime use only
      • Red Distress Flare - Day or night
      • Orange Smoke Signal - Daytime use only
      • Red Meteor Flare - Day or night
      • Dye Marker - Daytime use only
    2. The following are exempt from the requirements for day signals, and must carry night signals when operating at night:
      • Recreational boats less then sixteen (16) feet / four-decimal-eight (4.8) meters in length
      • Open sailboats less than twenty-six (26) feet / seven-decimal-nine (7.9) meters in length not equipped with propulsion machinery
      • Manually propelled boats
  • Fire Prevention
    1. All inboard, all outboards 26 feet / 7.9 meters and over, and all outboards under 26 feet / 7.9 meters which have one or more of the following conditions must have approved fire extinguisers
      • Closed compartment under thwards and seats wherein portable fuel tanks may be stored
      • Double bottoms not sealed to the hull or which are not completely filled with flotation material
      • Closed living spaces
      • Closed stowage compartments in whice combustible or flammable materials are stowed
      • Permanently installed fuel tanks
      The following fire extinguisher types are effective for the following:
      • Carbon Dioxide (CO2) - Type A (Wood, paper), B (oils, gasoline), C (electrical)
      • Halon/Freon - A, B, C
      • Dry Chemical - B, C
      • Foam - B
      • Water - A
    2. The number of fire extinguishers required is based on vessel length.
      • One B-I or equivalent for vessels under 26 feet / 7.9 meters
      • Two B-I or equivalent for vessels 26-40 feet / 7.9-12.19 meters
      • Three B-I or equivalent for vessels 40-65 feet / 12.9-19-81 meters
      • NOTE - Two B-I extinguishers may be replaced by one B-II extinguisher.

Part Two - Boating Regulations
  • Enforcement
    • Enforcement authority on the waters within San Andreas County is exercised by the San Andreas Sherrifs Department and USCG. Enforcement within Los Santos is exercised by the Los Santos Police Department and USCG.
    • Within their jurisdictions, such enforcement offciers have the authority to stop and board boats to check for compliance with applicable laws.
    • If a marine patrol boat displays a flashing blue light or sends an audible signal, you should reduce speed and yield, or if signaled to do so, stop your boat.
    • In the performance of their duties, such officers may also enter ipon and pass through private lands and property.
    • Violation of federal and state laws may be penalized by fines and/or imprisonment, just as with motor vehicle laws.
  • Termination of Voyage
    • Officers empowered to enforce boating/maritime law may terminate the use of boats if they find an especially hazardous condition.
    • Operators may be directed to take immediate and corrective steps necessary for the safety of all passengers on board. The following are considered "unsafe", but are some of the reasons prompting a termination of voyage
      1. Inadequate number of life jackets or fire extinguishers
      2. Overloading
      3. Fuel leakage or excessive fuel accumulation in bilges or engine compartment
      4. Lack of proper ventilation of engine spaces
      5. Failure to meet carburetor backfire flame arrester requirements
      6. Excessive leakage or accumulation of water in the bilge
      7. Negligent operation
  • Negligent operation
    • Negligent operation is the failure to exercise the degree of care necessary to prevent the endangering of life, limb, or property of any person.
    • It can be the result of operator ignorance, inattention, indifference, or carelessness
    • The following are considered to be negligent operation:
      • High speed or erratic operation in a congested area
      • Excessive speed in fog or stormy conditions
      • Operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs
      • Operating near or through areas being used by swimmers or divers
      • Operating at cruising speed with passengers sitting on the bow or gunwales
      • Cutting through a regatta or marine parade in progress
      • Operating during the nighttime without properly working navigation lights
    • Whoever operates a vessel recklessly or negligently so that the lives or safety of the public might by endangered, or whoever violates any speed regulation, or whoever collides with another vessel without stopping, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $500, or by imprisonment of not more then two (( hours )).
  • Minimum Age of Operators
    • The minimum age for operation of a motorboat is 12 years of age, unless accompanied onboard and directly supervised by a competent adult.
    • Personal watercraft users must be at least 16 years of age, no exceptions
  • Boating under the Influence
    • No person shall operate any vessel on waters while under the influence of alchohol or other drugs.
    • If enforcement officers have reason to believe that a boat operator is intoxicated, officers will then perform approved field sobriety tests on board the vessel and again on land.
    • BUI penalties are the same as DUI penalties
  • Speed Restrictions
    • No motorboat shall be operated at any time, at a speed greater than is reasonable and proper taking int account public safety, visibility, traffic, wind and water conditions and the proximity of navigational hazards.
    • On inland waters, unless otherwise posted, speed by a motorboat shall not exceed 45 miles per hour / 72.4 kilometers per hour
    • It is illegal to operate a motorboat at more than headway speed (6 MPH / 9.6 KPH) when
      • within 150 feet / 45.72 meters of a marina, boat launch, or float
      • Within 150 feet / 45.72 meters of (a) swimmer(s)
      • Within 150-300 feet / 45-92 meters from a shoreline being used as a swimming area
      • The operator's vision is obscured in any manner
      • Within a marked channel unless posed otherwise
    • When passing near anchored or rafting boats, fishing areas, marine commercial operation, or similar situations - reduce speed.
  • Riding on Decks or Gunwales
    • While underway in a motorboat, do not ride on the bow, gunwale, transom, or in any position that is obviously dangerous
    • If there is no railing or other deterrent to fallive overboard, you might do just that - fall.
    • Depending on the circumstances (i.e. high speed), a boat operator who allows passengers to bow ride may be considered negligent or even reckless.
  • Overloading
    • Never load a boat with passengers or cargo beyond its carrying capacity.
    • Use the following formula to determine the number of passengers your vessel may carry in ideal weather conditions:
persons (avg. 150 lbs. each) = (Length (ft) x Width (ft) / 15

Part Three - Radio
  • All vessels are legally required to monitor VHF Marine Channel 16
    (( /setchannel # 1600 ))
  • The accepted conventions for use of marine radio:
    • Listening for 2 minutes before transmitting
    • Using Channel 16 only to establish communication (if necessary) and then switch to a different channel
    • Using a set of international "calling" procedures such as the "Mayday" distress call, the "Pan-pan" urgency call and "Securité" navigational hazard call.
    • Using "pro-words" based on the English language such as Acknowledge, All after, All before, All stations, Confirm, Correct, Correction, In figures, In letters, Over, Out, Radio check, Read back, Received, Repeat, Say again, Spell, Standby, Station calling, This is, Wait, Word after, Word before, Wrong
    • Using the NATO phonetic alphabet: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliet, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu
    • Using a phonetic numbering system based on the English language: Wun, Too, Tree, Fow-er, Fife, Six, Sev-en, Ait, Nin-er, Zero, Decimal
  • Failure to comply with radio protocol can be deemed as negligent operation

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Re: San Andreas County Marine Control and Regulation Act - 2

Post by Conti » Sun Mar 29, 2015 2:27 am

((No longer in effect due to frivolousness and the fact that this cannot be enforced.))
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