The Buoyage System Of The British Virgin Islands

In an international effort to standardize buoyage systems, the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) has agreed that, in order to meet conflicting requirements, there will be two systems in use throughout the world. These are to be called systems A and B, respectively. The rules for the two systems were so similar that the "IALA" Executive Committee felt able to combine the two sets of rules into one, known as the "IALA Maritime Buoyage System."

This single set of rules allows light house authorities the choice of using red to port or red to starboard on a regional basis, the two regions being known as region A and region B.

The latter system, system B, is used in North and South America and throughout the waters of the Caribbean. In system B the colour red is used to mark the starboard side of the channel when approaching from seaward.

In this respect, it should be noted that the respective buoyage systems for both U.S. and British Virgins are the same.

RED RIGHT RETURNING! The lateral 'system B' as seen entering from seaward.

Port Hand

Colour: Green Shape: Can Light

(if any): Green Rhythm: Any

Starboard Hand

Colour: Bed

Colour: Green Shape: Can Light

(if any): Green Rhythm: Any

Starboard Hand

Colour: Bed

"Preferred" channel marks indicate that although there is water either side of the buoy, the recommended channel lies to port or starboard.

Channel to Starboard

Colour: Green with red band Shape: Can Light: None

Colour: Green with red band Shape: Can Light: None

Channel to Port

Colour: Red with green band Shape: Conical Light: None

Colour: Red with green band Shape: Conical Light: None

+1 0

Post a comment