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and spar buoys, the shape of the buoy indicates the correct  side  on  which  to  pass.  Can  buoys  may sometimes be referred to as cylindrical and nun buoys referred to as conical. The term pillar is used to describe any buoys that is smaller than a lighthouse buoy and that  has  a  tall,  central  structure  on  a  broad  base. Lighted buoys in the United States are referred to as pillar  buoys. Topmarks The IALA Maritime Buoyage System makes use of  can,  nun,  spherical,  and  X-shaped  topmarks only.  Topmarks  on  pillar  and  spar  buoys  are particularly important to indicate the side on which they   will   be   passed   and   will   be   used   wherever practical. Lights Where  marks  are  lighted,  red  and  green  lights are  reserved  for  port  and  starboard  or  starboard and  port  lateral  marks.  Yellow  lights  are  for special  marks,  and  white  lights  are  used  for  other types of marks. Phase   Characteristics Lights,  when  fitted,  may  have  any  of  the  fol- lowing   phase   characteristics   (or   frequency   of 52

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