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Protective railing forming part of the superstructure of a buoy or fitted around the decks of light vessels or Lanbys, to prevent service personnel from falling while carrying out servicing or repairs.

Please note that this is the term as it stands in the original IALA Dictionary edition (1970-1989)

International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities - AISM