Union Oil Co. v. The San Jacinto,
409 U.S. 140 (1972)

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Union Oil Co. v. The San Jacinto, 409 U.S. 140 (1972)

Union Oil Co. of California v. The San Jacinto

No. 71-900

Argued October 17, 1972

Decided December 5, 1972

409 U.S. 140


Implicit in that portion of Art. 16 of the Inland Rules of Navigation that directs a moderate speed for vessels proceeding in foggy weather, and in the concomitant half-distance rule, is the assumption that vessels can reasonably be expected to be traveling on intersecting courses. On the facts of this case, it was totally unrealistic to anticipate the possibility that the vessels were on intersecting courses, and the rule was not applicable. Pp. 409 U. S. 144-146.

451 F.2d 1369, reversed.

REHNQUIST, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which BURGER, C.J., and WHITE, MARSHALL, BLACKMUN, and POWELL, JJ., joined. STEWART, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which DOUGLAS and BRENNAN, JJ., joined, post, p. 409 U. S. 147.

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