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MENTS Sec. 101.1 Visual-signal stations at Canal ap

proaches. 101.2 Boarding of arriving vessels. 101.3 Functions of the boarding officer. 101.4 Measurement of vessel making

maiden transit. 101.5 Compliance with quarantine and

immigration instructions. 101.6 Identification signals. 101.7 Anchoring to await boarding officer. 101.8 Merchant-vessel and small-craft an

chorages. 101.9 Papers required by boarding officer. 10..10 Same; list. 101.11 Passenger list. 101.13 Entry and clearance of vessels. 101.14 Penalties for violation.

AUTHORITY: The provisions of this part 101 issued under authority vested in President by 2 C.Z.C. 1331, 76A Stat. 46 and where the context so indicates, by 2 C.Z.C. 841 and 911, 76A Stat. 32, 36; delegated to Secretary of Army by, respectively, $$ 3.1 (a) (1), 3.1(b), and 3.1(a) (3) of this chapter.

SOURCE: The provisions of this Part 101 appear at 31 F.R. 12287, Sept. 16, 1966, unless otherwise noted. § 101.1 Visual-signal stations at Canal

approaches. The established visual-signal stations with which vessels may communicate upon arriving at the Canal approaches, by means of International Code and flashing light, are located on the seaward end of Pier 6, Cristobal, and on Flamenco Island at the Pacific entrance. Such stations are also utilized to assist in control of traffic at the terminal ports. The signal station at Flamenco Island is also equipped with voice radio.

CROSS REFERENCE: See Part 213 for provisions respecting other visual-signal stations. See, also, Part 123 for provisions respecting radio communication by vessels prior to arrival and while they are in Canal Zone waters. 8 101.2 Boarding of arriving vessels.

Arriving vessels will be boarded upon arrival inside the breakwater at the Atlantic entrance or off the seaward end of the dredged channel at the Pacific entrance by & Canal boarding officer in accordance with procedures and boarding hours established for the boarding of

vessels at the respective ports by the Canal authorities. § 101.3 Functions of the boarding

officer. The boarding oficer shall perform the functions of admeasurer for the purpose of determining Panama Canal tolls; shall make inspections for the purpose of insuring compliance with quarantine, immigration, and customs laws and regulations; and shall act as deputy shipping commissioner for seamen aboard U.S. flag vessels pursuant to 2 C.Z.C. 1381 and 1382, 76A Stat. 48. $ 101.4

Measurement of vessel making maiden transit. A vessel that arrives after 8 p.m. and is to make her maiden transit will normally be admeasured on the following day. $ 101.5 Compliance with quarantine and

immigration instructions. (a) In the case of vessels subject to quarantine inspection, all persons shall comply strictly with instructions from the boarding officer until such time as pratique is granted.

(b) In the case of vessels subject to immigration inspection, all persons shall comply strictly with instructions from the boarding officer in all matters concerning immigration inspection; and, until the vessel has been granted immigration clearance, no person other than the boarding officer and the pilot shall go aboard or leave the vessel unless authorized to do so by the boarding officer. § 101.6 Identification signals.

Every vessel shall hoist its gnal letters when approaching and entering a terminal port, and those arriving at night shall promptly signal their names, by flashing light, to the signal station. This communication of the vessel's name by signal letters or flashing light is mandatory even though the vessel communicates by voice radio. The signal station on Flamenco Island is equipped with voice radio for communication with vessels approaching the Pacific Entrance to the Canal on the following frequencies: International Calling and Distress 2182 kc and Panama Canal Company 2846 kc. $ 101.7 Anchoring to await boarding

officer. When a vessel is not boarded immediately on arrival, it shall anchor in the

appropriate, designated anchorage area 700 yards, 070° true to flashing white and await the boarding officer. Small lighted buoy “l" thence 1,130 yards, 148° craft may be permitted by the Port Cap true to quick flashing white light buoy tain, Cristobal, with the consent of the “3” thence 2,800 yards, 224° true through boarding officer, to anchor in the desig fixed white lighted buoy “5” and black nated Atlantic-entrance small-craft an can buoy “7to the Canal channel line chorage prior to clearance. Such craft at flashing white lighted buoy “g”; the may not communicate with shore until channel prism line being the westerly clearance is granted. After clearance, boundary line of the anchorage area. all communications with shore shall be (d) Pacific entrance merchant-vessel through the Pier 8-9 landing only.

anchorage. An area bounded as follows: § 101.8 Merchant-vessel and small-craft

beginning at a point in position 8°51'50" anchorages.

N., 79°30'00" W., marked by a lighted,

whistle buoy which is painted with alterThe following areas are designated as nating black and white vertical stripes merchant-vessel anchorages:

and which shows short-long flashing (a) Atlantic entrance merchant-ves white light every 8 seconds, i.e., light 0.4 sel anchorage. An area to the west of

second, eclipse 0.4 second, light 1.6 secthe Canal channel bounded as follows:

onds, eclipse 5.6 seconds; thence due east Starting at a point “A”, located in posi to longitude 79°28'00" W.; thence due tion 9°21'25'' N., 79°55'31" W., and north to latitude 8°54'31" N.; thence marked by gas buoy No. 2, thence 900 due west toward Flamenco Island Light yards 270° true to a point "B" located to a point 8°54'31' N., 79°30'46" W.; in position 9°21'25'' N., 79°55'58" W.,

thence southwestward touching the thence to lighted buoy I”, thence to

northwest corner of San Jose Rock to lighted buoy “H”, thence due north to a position 8°53'27' N., 79°31'23" W., point “C” located in position 9°22'07'' N., marked by canal-entrance lighted buoy 79°56'41" W., thence 2,800 yards 59° true No. 2; thence southeastward to the point to a point “D” located in position of beginning. 9°22'50'' N., 79'55'29'' W., and thence to (e) Pleasure yachts. Pleasure yachts the starting point. The line extending may be permitted to dock at the Panama due west from the Cristobal Mole Canal Yacht Club or the Balboa Yacht through lighted beacon No. 1 and lighted Club after clearance by the boarding buoy No. 2 (9°21'25'' North) marks the ufficer and after the Master has received southern limit of the anchorage area. permission from the Port Captain, CusExcept as provided by $ $ 101.7 and 105.3, toms authorities and Yacht Club ofino vessel shall pass this line without cials concerned. The Chief Customs Inhaving been passed by the boarding offi spector shall have the authority to grant cer and without having a Canal pilot on or deny such permission at his discreboard.

tion. (b) Atlantic entrance small-craft an

§ 101.9 Papers required by boarding chorage. An area to the east of the

officer. Canal channel bounded as follows: Starting at buoy “A” a flashing amber

On arrival, there shall be ready for buoy located in position latitude 9°20'43"

immediate delivery to the boarding N., longitude 79°55'10" W., thence 1075

officer, for inspection or delivery, as the yards 066° true, through fixed amber

case may be, the papers, and number of lighted buoy "B" to fixed amber lighted

copies of each, concerning tonnage of buoy “C”, thence 375 yards, 143° true,

vessel, cargo, persons on board, health thence 1760 yards 233° true to the east

conditions, pratique, and such other prism of the Canal channel thence due

matters upon which information is necnorth 410 yards to flashing white lighted

essary, as are prescribed by $ 101.10

The required manifests, lists and statebuoy “3”, thence 525 yards 023° true to

ments shall be sworn to by the Master or starting point at buoy “A”.

agent of the vessel. If a vessel fails to (c) Gatun Lake anchorage basin. An

present any one of the prescribed papers area immediately east of the Canal chan

upon arrival it shall be subject to delay nel line, bounded by a line extending to or to denial of entry or denial of the use a point 450 yards, 120° true from the east of Canal Zone port and other facilities wing-wall at the south end of Gatun in whole or in part in accordance with Locks, thence 690 yards, 148° true to § 101.13, but it shall not be subject to flashing white lighted buoy “A” thence fine.

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§ 101.10 Same; list

port and does not transit the Canal, the (a) Documents for boarding officer.

documents in the number indicated in All documents listed below shall be ready

column two are required. In case a ship

docks or takes on or discharges passenfor immediate delivery to the boarding officer when he boards the vessel upon

gers or cargo at both Cristobal and Bal

boa, or at a port other than the port of each arrival of the vessel in the Canal

entry, all documents in the number indiZone:

cated in column two are required at the

first port and, in addition, four copies of From ships

document (9) are required at the second which transit

From ships
Canal but do taking on or

not take on discharging (c) Crew list. For purposes of addi-

or discharge passengers or tional identification of crew members, Documents required passengers

cargo at or cargo at Canal Zone all copies of the crew list required by this Canal Zone ports section shall include for each seaman the

ports (number of (number of sets)

serial number of his certificate of identisets)

fication, continuous discharge book, pass

port or other satisfactory identifying (1) Ship's Information and

documentation. In addition, the given quarantine declaration

name and middle initial, as well as the (Panama Canal Form 4398)....


1 family name, shall be shown for all (2) Clearance from last

seamen. port.--


11 (3) All certificates of a

$ 101.11 Passenger list. sanitary nature.

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i1 (4) Passenger list: Pas

All copies of the passenger lists resengers transiting only (on Panama Canal

quired by $ 101.10 shall be accurate and Form 20).

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legible and shall be delivered to the (5) Passenger list: Pas

boarding officer. The list shall show passengers for discharge (on Panama Canal

sengers in alphabetical order. PassenForm 18-9).

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gers who are to be discharged at Canal (6) Crew list (on Panama Canal Form 1509-10)...

2 Zone ports shall be listed separately from (7) Store list. (8) Cargo declaration

other passengers aboard who are only to (Panama Canal Form

transit the Canal. In the event that any 4363).


1 (9) Manifest of local cargo.


passenger listed for discharge fails to (10) Panama Canal ton

disembark, or any passenger listed for nage certificate.


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transit disembarks, notice thereof shall (12) General arrangement

be given promptly by the Master through and engine room plans..

1 (13) Report of structural

his ships' agent to the Port Captain and alterations and of

a supplementary passenger list (same changes in use of tanks or other spaces since

number of copies as is required for an last transit.


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original list of disembarking passengers) (14) Declaration by all vessels except ships of

showing the required information conwar of all arms and munitions of war aboard

cerning such passengers shall be furother than explosives

nished promptly to the Chief Customs declared separately.

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li 2 (15) Declaration as to ves

Inspector prior to clearing Canal Zone sel's port(s) of depar

waters. ture, destination, and ports of call, within the

§ 101.13 Entry and clearance of vessels. last three months, with the corresponding

(a) An arriving vessel shall be entered actual or approximate dates..


either at the port of Balboa or the port

of Cristobal, depending upon the ves1 For examination and possible retention.

sel's port of arrival. A vessel is entered Not required unless such persons or cargo are carried.

by the Canal authorities upon the report lii Required if ship during transit is laid up for repairs, regardless of whether passengers or cargo are taken on of the boarding officer, and it is not necor discharged. iv Not required unless ship transits Canal.

essary for the Master to come ashore for For taking up and subsequent return through agent that purpose. In the discretion of the or otherwise.

Port Captain at the port of entry, or (b) Documents required at ports. In such other official as may be designated case a vessel takes on or discharges pas by the Governor, a vessel may be denied sengers or cargo at only one Canal Zone entry, or may be denied the use, in whole


or in part, of Canal Zone port facilities, ment, as the case may be, as provided in for failure to have:

2 C.Z.C. 1331, 76A Stat. 46 (navigation, (1). A valid National Register;

etc.: fine of not more than $100, or im(2) A proper clearance from its last prisonment in jail for not more than 30 port of call; or

days, or both); 2 C.Z.C. 841(b), 76A Stat. (3) The cargo documents required 32 (immigration: fine of not more than by $101.10.

$100, or imprisonment in jail not more Except in bona fide cases of distress, a

than one year, or both); or 2 C.Z.C. vessel that is denied authorization to en

912(2), 76A Stat. 36, (quarantine: fine of ter shall be denied authorization to

not more than $500, or imprisonment in transit the Canal and shall be required

jail for not more than 90 days, or both). immediately to depart from Canal Zone waters. A vessel whose use of Canal PART 103_GENERAL PROVISIONS Zone port facilities has been restricted

GOVERNING VESSELS pursuant to the provisions of this section

Sec. shall be deemed to have been provision

103.1 Regulations to be kept aboard. ally entered and its use of Canal Zone

103.2 Denial of passage to dangerous vesport facilities shall be contingent upon

sel. its strict adherence to the limitations 103.3 Discovery of defect in vessel during imposed. For any failure to comply

transit or while underway. strictly with such limitations, such a ves

103.4 Load and trim.

103.5 Deck load. sel may be required, in the discretion

103.6 of the cognizant Port Captain or other

Making up and handling rafts.

103.7 Temporary holding of vessels. official designated by the Governor, to

103.8 Order of transiting of vessels. depart immediately from Canal Zone

103.9 Passenger steamers given preference waters.

in transiting. (b) Any vessel that has entered or 103.10 Vessels without rudder-angle and enprovisionally entered the Canal Zone

gine-revolution indicators subject shall, prior to its departure therefrom,

to delay in transiting. obtain clearance from the Port Captain

103.11 Vessels without mechanical signal at the port of departure or such other

system to engine room subject to

delay in transiting. official as may be designated by the Gov

103.12 Discharge of firearms. ernor. Clearance shall be issued only

103.13 Firing of salutes. after the cognizant Port Captain or other 103.14 Colors and house flags. designated official has satisfied himself 103.15 Boarding vessels at anchor or underthat:

way. (1) All documents and statistical data 103.16 Meals to be furnished by vessel in

certain cases. required for entry or provisional entry by

103.17 Boat for handling lines. the Canal authorities respecting the ves

103.18 Accommodation ladder. sel and its cargo and passengers have

103.19 Pilot ladder. been furnished;

103.20 Disabling of engines. (2) Tolls and all other charges for 103.21 Precautions against sparks, smoke, services or supplies furnished by the

etc. Canal Zone Government or the Panama

103.22 Vessels at fuel berths. Canal Company have been paid or the

103.23 Vessels at wharves; fire watch; gang.

ways. payment secured; and

103.24 Gangway watch on vessels at piers (3) The vessel has complied with the

in wartime, etc. quarantine, customs and exclusions laws,

103.25 Fishing or placing of nets or other rules, and regulations of the Canal Zone

obstructions prohibited. Government, and the laws, rules, and 103.26 Obstructions not to be placed across regulations governing the shipping, dis

channels or docks. charging and protection of seamen.

103.27 Clear view forward from the bridge

and steering light requirement for In the case of a a vessel provisionally en

certain vessels. tered, the fact of such provisional entry, 103.28 Towing of certain vessels required. and the reason therefor, shall be noted 103.29 Anchoring in Canal Zone waters on its clearance. No clearance shall be 103.30 Assignment of berth. given to a vessel to which entry has been 103.31 Shifting berth. denied.

103.32 Engine orders to be recorded.

103.33 Navigation in Gaillard Cut. $ 101.14 Penalties for violation.

103.34 Same; Contol by Port Captain, BalWhoever violates any of the provisions

boa. of $ $ 101.1 to 101.13 is subject to punish 103.35 Signal stations.

Sec. 103.36 Routing of signals. 103.37 Traffic signals. 103.38 Special traffic signals in Gaillard Cut. 103.39 Arrow signals; locks. 103.40 Transit schedules; pennants. 103.41 Ships to display schedule number. 103.42 Penalties for violation.

AUTHORITY: The provisions of this part 103 issued under authority vested in President by 2 C.Z.C. 1331, 76A Stat. 46, and delegated to Secretary of Army by $ 3.1(a) (1) of this chapter.

SOURCE: The provisions of this Part 103 appear at 31 F.R. 12289, Sept. 16, 1966, unless otherwise noted. § 103.1 Regulations to be kept aboard.

All vessels shall keep aboard not less than one copy of the current regulations contained in Subchapters A, B, and C of this chapter. Vessels arriving for the first time without such regulations aboard shall obtain them through their ships' agent as soon as practicable after arrival. § 103.2 Denial of passage to dangerous

vessel. The Canal authorities may deny any vessel passage through the Canal when the character or condition of the cargo, hull, or machinery is such as to endanger the structures pertaining to the Canal, or which might render the vessel liable to obstruct the Canal, or whose draft, at any part of the vessel, exceeds the maximum allowable draft in the Canal as designated from time to time by the Canal authorities. § 103.3 Discovery of defect in vessel

during transit or while underway. Upon the discovery during transit of the Canal, or at any time while underway, of any defect in a vessel of such serious nature that it might interfere with further passage or with her safe navigation, the vessel shall stop and, if practicable, be anchored or moored at the first available place. A full report shall be made immediately to the Port Captain by radio or by the best means available. § 103.4 Load and trim.

(a) A vessel shall not be permitted to transit the Canal if she:

(1) Has a list of more than 10 degrees;

(2) Is so tender or otherwise so loaded as to dangerously affect her stability or maneuverability; or

(3) Is so trimmed as to dangerously affect her maneuverability.

(b) A vessel having a list of between 3 degrees and 10 degrees, or which is so loaded or so trimmed as to adversely affect her maneuverability, may be permitted to transit in the discretion of the Port Captain, provided the Master thereof, in the presence of the Pilot, signs an undertaking, for the said vessel, her owners, operators, or any other persons having any interest in her, and for himself, releasing the Panama Canal Company from and indemnifying it against, any loss, damage, or liability incurred by the Panama Canal Company under, or in respect to:

(1) Sections 291 through 297, inclusive, of Title 2 of the Canal Zone Code, 76A Stat. 23-25;

(2) Panama Canal Company or Canal Zone Government property; and

(3) Panama Canal Company or Canal Zone Government employees under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act to the extent and in the proportion that such failure to meet the requirements of this section proximately causes or contributes to the casualty and resulting damages.

(c) Nothing shall be done, or permitted to be done, by the Master or any member of the crew, which would materially alter the trim and/or draft of a vessel while it is transiting the Canal, without the prior, express approval of the Pilot.

CROSS REFERENCE: Federal Employees' Compensation Act, see 5 U.S.C. 8102 et seq. § 103.5 Deck load.

A vessel carrying a deck load shall have it so stowed as to be sufficiently clear to provide safe working space around all chocks, bitts, and other gear used in transiting and so arranged as to not obstruct any direct lead from chocks to bitts. § 103.6 Making up and handling rafts.

No vessel shall unload lumber, timber, or piles into the waters of a harbor without permission of the Port Captain, who shall designate where such material shall be rafted, nor shall any vessel tow a raft in the channel or harbors of the Canal without such permission. § 103.7 Temporary holding of vessels.

The Canal authorities may hold a vessel for the purpose of investigating any claims or disputes that may arise, or any formal or informal complaint or allegation of a violation of the laws of the

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