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THE PANAMA CANAL
BALBOA HEIGHTS, C. Z.,
January 1, 1947. This pamphlet contains the following:
(a) The “Rules" comprising the Executive Order of the President, No. 4314, of September 25, 1925, establishing rules governing the navigation of the Panama Canal and adjacent waters, the exclusion of persons from the Canal Zone, and maritime quarantine for the Canal Zone and the harbors of Panama and Colon, Republic of Panama;
(b) The "Regulations" prescribed by the Governor on August 1, 1931, to make effective the aforesaid “Rules”;
(c) All amendments to the aforesaid “Rules" and "Regulations" prescribed on or before December 31, 1946; and
(d) In the concluding chapter, certain matters of general information, revised and published in numbered paragraphs but without the designation "Rule" or "Regulation."
Each “Rule” or “Regulation" which has been amended is shown in amended form, followed by a citation to the Executive order or Governor's Regulation by which the amendment was accomplished.
Certain of the “Rules” have been covered and superseded by statute and appropriate notations to such effect have been inserted.
The “Rules” and “Regulations” herein published have the force of law.
J. C. MEHAFFEY
RULE 1. Effective Date: These Rules shall take effect on January 1, 1926.
REGULATION 1.1. The Regulations promulgated under these Rules shall take effect August 1, 1931.
RULE 2. Penalty for Violation: Except where other penalties are herein prescribed, the penalty for violating any of the provisions of these Rules shall be a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100), or imprisonment in jail not exceeding thirty (30) days, or both such fine and imprisonment.
RULE 3. Denial of Passage: 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.
REGULATION 3.1. Load and Trim: All vessels must be properly trimmed before entering the Canal. They should be on an even keel or with a slight drag aft. Any vessel with a list between three degrees and ten degrees, or that is down by the bow to such an extent as to affect its maneuverability, or that is so loaded as to make it unwieldy in the Canal, will be denied transit until the Master, in the presence of the Pilot, has signed a certificate relieving The Panama Canal of all responsibility for any damage that may be sustained by said vessel or by Panama Canal structures or equipment as a result of such condition. A vessel with a list of more than ten degrees will be denied transit. All cases of vessels with considerable trim by the bow should be referred to the Port Captain concerned with Pilot's recommendation before beginning transit.
REGULATION 3.2. Deck Load: A vessel carrying a deck load shall have it so arranged that it will be clear of all chocks, bitts and other gear used in locking.
REGULATION 3.3. Making Up 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.
RULE 4. 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
charge of violation of the laws of the Canal Zone or the United States or of the Rules herein prescribed or such regulations additional thereto as may be prescribed by the Governor of The Panama Canal. A vessel may also be held until it has, in the opinion of the Canal authorities, been put into condition as to equipment and cargo to make it safe for the passage through the Canal. No claim for damages shall be admitted because of such temporary holding of vessels.
RULE 5. Order of Dispatch of Vessels: The Canal authorities may dispatch vessels through the Canal in any order and at any time they may see fit. Priority of arrival at a terminal does not give any vessel the right to pass through the Canal ahead of another that may arrive later, although this will be a consideration in determining the order of passage.
REGULATION 5.1 Passenger Steamers: Regular passenger steamers with accommodations for 50 or more passengers, when carrying mail and running on fixed published schedules, will be given preference over other vessels in transiting regardless of the number of passengers actually on board. However, as between vessels of this class, special consideration will be given to those vessels which are actually ready for transit at regular fixed hours.
(As amended by Governor's Regulation July 7, 1933). RULE 6. Discharge of Firearms: No firearms of any kind shall be discharged from vessels while in Canal Zone waters, except that authorized salutes by vessels of war at the Ports of Cristobal and Balboa will be permitted.
REGULATION 6.1. Vessels of war will not fire salutes while at dock, in the locks, or in the Gaillard Cut. RULE 7. Administering Oaths:
(For provisions authorizing members of board of local inspectors, customs officers, quarantine officers, admeasurers, and officers conducting hearings in exclusion and deportation proceedings, to administer oaths, summon witnesses, and require production of papers, and authorizing judicial processes in support of such authority, see Canal Zone Code, title 2, sections 41 to 43 and section 44 as added by amendment.) RULE 8. Summoning Witnesses: (See note following Rule 7.)
RULE 9. Authority of the Governor of The Panama Canal: The Rules herein established shall be executed under the direction of the Gov. ernor of The Panama Canal, hereinafter designated as the Governor, and he is hereby authorized to appoint all officials provided for in these Rules; to assign the execution of these Rules to such officials of The Panama Canal or Panama Railroad Company as he may find desirable; to prescribe such regulations as may be necessary to make effective the Rules herein established; and to fix the charges for all services provided for in these Rules, and for such other services as may be performed for vessels by The Panama Canal or the Panama Railroad Company.