USCG 212 Rules: Understanding the Definition of 'Vessel'

What does the term 'vessel' encompass in the USCG 212 Rules?

Which of the following is included in the definition of 'vessel' according to the USCG 212 Rules?

A. wing in ground craft

B. a drilling unit attached to the Outer Continental Shelf

C. a barge permanently affixed to the shore

D. All of the above

Answer:

The term 'vessel' in the USCG 212 Rules includes wing in ground craft, a drilling unit attached to the Outer Continental Shelf, and a barge permanently affixed to the shore.

The term 'vessel' in the Rules as provided by USCG 212 (both International & Inland) represents an inclusive definition. It takes into account an expansive range of structures and machines capable of being used as a means of transportation on water. Thus, the answer to your question is 'D. All of the above'.

In detail, it includes the following:

A. Wing in ground craft - An air-cushion vehicle that uses ground effect to maintain lift.

B. A drilling unit attached to the Outer Continental Shelf

C. A barge permanently affixed to the shore

All these classes of objects are recognized by the USCG 212 Rules as vessels.

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