33 USC 2002 - Sec. 2002. Responsibility (Rule 2)
(a) Exoneration 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. (b) Departure from rules when necessary to avoid immediate danger 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.REFTEXTReferences In Text These Rules, referred to in text, are the Inland Navigational Rules which are classified to this subchapter. CODIFICATIONCodification Section was enacted as part of section 2 of Pub. L. 96-591 which enacted the Inland Navigational Rules which comprise this subchapter.