Guidelines of the Harmonization of Navigation Rules and Regulations Volume 1. Aids to Navigation

This publication describes how the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) region is naturally endowed with rich navigable rivers, lakes and canals. Many countries have favorable natural conditions and great potential for developing inland water transport, such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam. The total navigable length of inland waterways in the region exceeds 186,000 kilometers. On those inland waterways nearly 1 billion tons of cargo and half a billion passengers are moved each year. The fleet plying inland waterways is estimated to consist of more than 420,000 vessels with a carrying capacity of 27.5 million tons. In addition, millions of country boats carry both cargo and passengers to complement formal shipping services. Millions of people are employed on boats. However, aids to navigation, as fundamental elements for safe navigation on inland waterways and an essential part of navigation rules and regulations, have not been safely provided on many inland waterways of the region. The systems of aids to navigation change in different countries, different rivers and even on the same river. Some of the systems are in complete conflict, which often causes traffic accidents on inland waterways and endangers people=s lives and properties. In order to promote safe navigation on the Greater Mekong River, the ESCAP and the Mekong River Commission (MRC), with funding support from the Governments of Finland and the Netherlands, jointly initiated a project on the harmonization of aids to navigation systems in 2000 to assist the riparian countries in formulating and implementing a harmonized aids to navigation system which will provide a common basis for safe navigation. This current publication was prepared by the Transport, Communications, Tourism and Infrastructure Development Division of ESCAP, based on the study on aids to navigation for implementing the ESCAP/MRC joint project. It is expected to demonstrate how the navigation rules and regulations, in particular aids to navigation, could be harmonized. ESCAP would like to express appreciation to the organizations that provided indispensable information and replies to the questionnaire, and to all contact persons of the ESCAP/MRC joint project for their excellent collaboration.

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    Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Building
    Rajadamnern Nok Avenue
    Bangkok,   Thailand  10200
  • Publication Date: 2002


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 107p

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  • Accession Number: 01055632
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9211201098
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 1 2007 5:29PM