Rule 29

 

Pilot vessel or vessels with a pilot aboard may display the international code flag 'H', this has the meaning-"I have a pilot aboard."

Ferries may display a similar flag but the colours are white above red horizontal bands, this indicates that the master is a pilot.

 

'H' flag.

At night pilot vessels display all round white over red lights.

(WHITE OVER RED-PILOT AHEAD)

Pilot vessels never display a masthead light, so you can not determine the length of the vessel.
It may be difficult to differentiate a pilot vessel at anchor from one seen from astern. Usually the speed of the vessel will indicate one making way.

Test on Rule 29.

Go to Rule 30.

 

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