Regulation 24 - Use of heading and/or track control systems
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Regulation 24 - Use of heading and/or track control systems

  1 In areas of high traffic density, in conditions of restricted visibility and in all other hazardous navigational situations where heading and/or track control systems are in use, it shall be possible to establish manual control of the ship's steering immediately.

  2 In circumstances as above, the officer in charge of the navigational watch shall have available without delay the services of a qualified helmsperson who shall be ready at all times to take over steering control.

  3 The change-over from automatic to manual steering and vice versa shall be made by or under the supervision of a responsible officer.

  4 The manual steering shall be tested after prolonged use of heading and/or track control systems, and before entering areas where navigation demands special caution.

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