Vessels navigating the Rhine are required to use the services specified in the Rhine Police Regulations. The CCNR and the waterway authorities additionally recommend using to the greatest extent possible the information provided by RIS and other services. The skipper retains responsibility for decisions related to navigation and to the heading of the vessel. Information provided by RIS is no substitute for the decision to be taken by the skipper.
Vessels navigating on the Rhine are fitted with radiotelephone equipment that allows simultaneous two-channel reception of inland navigation radio (ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore). From 1 December 2014 onwards, vessels will be equipped with:
To make the best possible use of the services available, it is desirable that vessels should be fitted with:
The waterway authorities have established traffic centres (traffic posts) along the Rhine. These are the major shore stations for radiotelephone communication in inland navigation as well as the centres for Inland Vessel Traffic Services.
The waterway authorities offer for the Rhine and other waterways on dedicates websites notices to skippers in electronic form.
Neither the RIS Guidelines, the standards nor the Guide Concerning Radiotelephone Service on Inland Waterways are of themselves legally binding. For this reason, the CCNR has made additions to its legal regulations in order to introduce services, specify mandatory equipment and to require skippers to comply with standards. The main requirements defined in the Rhine Police Regulations and in the Rhine Vessel Inspection Regulations are listed in the table below.
|Legal regulation||Content of the rule|
|Rhine Police Regulations|
|Article 4.05||Use of radiotelephone, basic requirements for radiotelephone equipment|
|Article 4.06||Use of radar, basic requirements for radar equipment|
|Article 4.07(1) and (2)||Requirement to fit and use Inland AIS (from 1 December 2014 onwards)|
|Article 4.07(3)||Requirement to fit an Inland ECDIS device in navigation mode (or comparable device for displaying charts); requirement to use up-to-date electronic inland navigation charts (from 1 December 2014 onwards)|
|Article 12.01||Reporting obligation (radio, electronic reporting)|
|Rhine Vessel Inspection Regulations|
|Article 7.06(1)||Basic technical requirements for radar equipment|
|Article 7.06(3)||Basic technical requirements for Inland AIS equipment|
|Annex M, Part I||Minimum requirements and required test conditions for radar navigation equipment in the Rhine navigation|
|Annex M, Part II||Minimum requirements and required test conditions for rate-of-turn indicators in the Rhine navigation|
|Annex M, Part III||Requirements regarding installation and functional testing of radar navigation equipment and of rate-of-turn indicators for Rhine navigation|
|Annex M, Part IV||Certification of the installation and of functioning of radar navigation equipment and of rate-of-turn indicators in the Rhine navigation|
|Annex M, Part V||Lists of competent authorities, approved equipment and approved specialised firms|
|Annex N, Part I||Requirements for Inland AIS equipment and regulations on installation and functional testing of Inland AIS equipment|
|Annex N, Part II||Certification of the installation and functioning of Inland AIS equipment|
|Annex N, Part III||Lists of competent authorities, approved equipment and approved specialised firms|