35.20-45 Use of Auto Pilot - T/ALL.§ 35.20-45 Use of Auto Pilot - T/ALL.
When the automatic pilot is used in:
(a) Areas of high traffic density;
(b) Conditions of restricted visibility; and
(c) All other hazardous navigational situations, the master shall ensure that:
(1) It is possible to immediately establish manual control of the ship's steering;
(2) A competent person is ready at all times to take over steering control; and
(3) The changeover from automatic to manual steering and vice versa is made by, or under, the supervision of the officer of the watch.[CGD 75-074, 42 FR 5963, Jan. 31, 1977, as amended by CGD 91-204, 58 FR 27633, May 10, 1993; USCG-2015-0926, 83 FR 55281, Nov. 5, 2018, 83 FR 56271, Nov. 13, 2018]