Nothing in these Rules shall exonerate any vessel, or the owner, master or crew thereof, from the consequences of any neglect to comply with these Rules or of the neglect of any precaution which may be required by the ordinary practice of seamen, or by the special circumstances of the case.
RULE 2 - RESPONSIBILITY, b.
In construing and complying with these Rules due regard shall be had to all dangers of navigation and collision and to any special circumstances, including the limitations of the vessels involved, which may make a departure from these Rules necessary to avoid immediate danger.
RULE 3 - GENERAL DEFINITIONS - INT'L defines the following terms...
vessel, power-driven vessel, sailing vessel, vessel engaged in fishing, seaplane, vessel not under command (NUC), vessel restricted in her ability to manoeuvre (RAM), vessel constrained by her draught, underway, length, breadth, vessels in sight of on another, restricted visibility and Wing-in-Ground (WIG) craft.
RULE 3 - GENERAL DEFINITIONS - INT'L a. defines "vessel"
The word “vessel” includes every description of water craft, including non-displacement craft, WIG craft and seaplanes, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water.
RULE 3 - GENERAL DEFINITIONS - INT'L a. defines "vessel" but Can Mod states that...
For the purpose of these Rules, the definition of the word “vessel” in paragraph (a) does not apply.
RULE 3 - GENERAL DEFINITIONS - INT'L b. defines "power-driven vessel"