Rules & Regulations
What are the rules?
Just like on land, there are rules that must be followed at sea. They are the International Regulations for Preventing Collision at Sea (1972). Known less formally as the ColRegs, they are a Highway Code for all vessels and are as applicable on the Milford Haven Waterway as they are in open water. In fact, you are more likely to be in close-quarters with other vessels in the Waterway so you need to know how to act and what your responsibilities are. Some of the key ColReg requirements are covered in Rules of the Road but we would encourage all users to fully understand the requirements and to act accordingly while afloat.
In addition to the ColRegs, the Waterway has some specific bye-laws and directions which all users must be aware of, and adhere. Visit our bye-laws pages to find out more.
Why follow the rules?
This is a busy waterway with both commercial and recreational traffic so you need to know your responsibilities. The rules are there to keep you, and others, safe. They are also a legal requirement and you can be prosecuted, and even sued, if you behave in such a way that breaks the rules or causes an accident.
What else should you do?
In addition to following the legal requirements, there are also safety measures you can take to avoid incidents. Please visit our safety pages to find out more.