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ColRegs Home>ColRegs>Lights & Shapes>Vessel Aground Rule 30 Vessel Aground  A vessel aground exhibits:  similar lights to a vessel at anchor and additional lights but differing shapes to a vessel at anchor A vessel aground exhibiting appropriate signals back to top A vessel aground shall exhibit:  the lights above and where they can best be seen in a vertical line: three balls two red all-round lights Note that unlike a vessel at anchor, a vessel aground is not required to illuminate her decks A vessel aground (ran aground during an exercise with US armed forces) A vessel under 50m aground exhibiting appropriate signals It’s not always obvious that a vessel is aground  This one is being towed off a reef and is displaying the correct signals: USS Spruance being towed from a reef in the Bahamas A Contessa 26 aground beside the River Axe - Bristol Channel A vessel less than 12m is not required to display these signals  Here’s one I did earlier: Image with Permission:  Defense Visual Information Center Vessel under 50m aground Image with Permission:  Defense Visual Information Center
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