We're sorry, our website requires JavaScript to be enabled so you can browse, shop or access any of your member benefits on our website. Using our website with JavaScript disabled might cause unexpected results and areas of the website may not work. Information We use JavaScript for various areas on our website which may include validating and interacting with forms, stats and analytics measuring website traffic, user-interactivity i. Signs, rules and procedures for navigating many of the European inland waterways are all included within the CEVNI and in the same way as pleasure craft on coastal waters are expected to abide by the COLREGS, pleasure craft on many of the inland waterways of Europe, which in places are heavily utilised by commercial traffic, are expected to know the CEVNI as this is the basis of many of the various countries' own regulations.

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Those who buy a boat they intend to keep on the Canal du Midi often complain that the CEVNI rules are irrelevant to them, and indeed knowledge of the signals shown by a vessel engaged in mine sweeping is not likely to be called upon very often there.

However on continental waterways the authorities do require a helmsman to hold a driving licence and that involves full knowledge of the rules of the road, just as a car driver must know the full highway code even if he promises to stay on small side roads.

It differs from the international Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea COLREGS in several respects, particularly where it deals with large vessels operating in close quarters in restricted channels. Although the imagery used on signs is tightly defined in the regulations it is often interpreted rather more loosely, plus there are still some older versions to be seen.

They are nevertheless generally easy to understand. The signs and lights for Obligations black symbol on white panel with red border , Prohibitions similar, with red diagonal slash , and Authorisations, Recommendations and Indications white image on blue panel are mostly self-evident, but a few do merit further explanation.

The most obvious are those making it mandatory to meet an on-coming craft starboard to starboard, and these have already been explained under Blue Boarding. The waterway engineers who authorise the placing of signage do sometimes make mistakes, which can occasionally be confusing.

At least here it is easy to realise what is meant - the next error is more problematic:. The confusion at this lock is that the sign instructing the viewer which side he should meet an on-coming craft has been placed upside-down. In this group of signs your course is shown by the solid line and that of the on-coming craft is the dotted line. Priority is determined by whether a craft is travelling uphill or downhill. This could potentially be extremely dangerous.

The whole point of the CEVNI signage is that a helmsman from no matter where can know and understand the meaning with no requirement of a common language, and despite the occasional lapse by reason of human frailty they do serve the purpose very well. This panel at a small port on the Danube has introduced a red cross sign, but that is so well understood that it creates no difficulty and there is no need to speak Serbian to know what facilities are available there.

Monday, 23 January It was originally devised under the auspices of the United Nations in and is under regular review by the Inland Transport Committee.


CEVNI – European Code for Inland Waterways (Rev.5)

Inland waterway regulations come into effect once a vessel is upstream of the seaward limit of each estuary. The category of licence required is determined by the size of craft and the power of the engine. Paradoxically, hire boat skippers i. When an ICC certificate is issued, only the categories for which competence has been proven will be validated. The categories include sail, power and inland — it is therefore possible to hold an ICC sailing certificate also validated for inland use through the CEVNI endorsement. The application form must be completed and submitted with a passport photograph and copies of practical course completion certificates if applicable.


Signs and Marking for European Waterways CEVNI

CEVNI contains the core uniform rules applicable to the traffic on inland waterways, such as visual signs on vessels, sound signals and radiotelephony, waterway signs and markings, rules of the road, berthing rules, and prevention of pollution of water and disposal of waste. Boards, flags or lights. No entry, except for small engineless crafts. No overtaking. No overtaking of convoys by convoys.

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