Rule 10: There are twelve (12) points listed to guide you in following a traffic separation scheme. The key point is (a) which states; this Rule applies to traffic separation schemes and does not relieve any vessel of her obligations under any other Rule. There is a lot to learn, understand and follow and you do not want to be trying to figure out what is going on in the middle of a Port approaches busy traffic.
Rule 10: The twelve (12) points are also listed under the Inland Rules. The biggest risks are when vessels are manoeuvring in the Pilotage area and entering or leaving the junction it involves.
The tip this time is to read, understand and follow the NAVIGATION RULES most particularly the Steering and Sailing Rules. There is a lot to learn too become familiar with them so always have the U.S. DHC/USCG NAVIGATION RULES International - Inland COMDTINST M16672. latest edition with you in the boat. Remember it is required by Maritime Law that you do so.