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Collisions between vessels and bridges can be enormously costly environmentally, economically, and socially. Prudence dictates that bridge owners and operators mark their structures in the best and most practicable manner.

Navigational lights and other marine signals are required on bridges over the navigable waters of the United States. The sole purpose of these signals is to prevent vessel-bridge collisions. Detailed requirements and procedures are set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations (33 CFR 118).

The number, position, color and visibility arcs of navigational lights on bridges are carefully detailed in regulations. These define for the mariner the type, navigation status, and physical boundaries of a particular bridge passage. The required light intensity is dependent on two local parameters: the weather pattern (meteorological visibility anticipated 90% of the nights of the year) and background lighting conditions (generally categorized as "minor" or "considerable").

Outside of US territories, PMAP refers to IALA recommendations for the marking of bridges over navigable waters.

For more information regarding our Bridge System products and solutions, please contact your local representative.

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LED Litepipe™ IV

This unique extended LED light source substantially improves visibility of channel marking lights in populated areas with moderate to high background lighting.

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PMAPI Bridge Infographic

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PMAPI PL35 Pier Light

Red PL35 Pier Light

Pharos Marine Automatic Power- PL35 Pier Light

Navigation Buoy

Navigation Buoy
PMB Navigation Buoys

Navigation Buoy

Navigation Buoy

Red OL35 Aviation Obstruction Light

Channel Margin - 180° Sectored Red BL35 Bridge Light - Swivel Mounted

Channel Margin - 180° Sectored Red BL35 Bridge Light - Swivel Mounted

Channel Center - 360° Green BL35 Bridge Light - Swivel Mounted

Channel Center - 360° Green BL35 Bridge Light - Swivel Mounted

Radar Beacon (RACON)

Radar Beacon (RACON)

Main Channel - 3 White BL35 Bridge Lights in vertical line

Main Channel - 3 White BL35 Bridge Lights in vertical line

Yellow Hazard Buoy (Special Markers)

Yellow Hazard Buoy (Special Markers)

Floating Construction Barrier

Floating Construction Barrier
  • PMAPI PL35 Pier Light

    Red PL35 Pier Light

    Pharos Marine Automatic Power- PL35 Pier Light
  • Navigation Buoy

    Navigation Buoy
  • PMB Navigation Buoys

    Navigation Buoy

    Navigation Buoy
  • Red OL35 Aviation Obstruction Light

  • Channel Margin - 180° Sectored Red BL35 Bridge Light - Swivel Mounted

    Channel Margin - 180° Sectored Red BL35 Bridge Light - Swivel Mounted
  • Channel Center - 360° Green BL35 Bridge Light - Swivel Mounted

    Channel Center - 360° Green BL35 Bridge Light - Swivel Mounted
  • Radar Beacon (RACON)

    Radar Beacon (RACON)
  • Main Channel - 3 White BL35 Bridge Lights in vertical line

    Main Channel - 3 White BL35 Bridge Lights in vertical line
  • Yellow Hazard Buoy (Special Markers)

    Yellow Hazard Buoy (Special Markers)
  • Floating Construction Barrier

    Floating Construction Barrier

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