COLREGS 1. Rules of the Road Case study of the collision between MS Lykes Voyager and MS Washington Senator Rishi Varman. COLREGs Made Easy About this Made Easy It s our pleasure to introduce to mariners this Made Easy on RoR. We felt the necessity of an abridged. (c) Nothing in these rules shall interfere with the operation of any special rules made by the. Government of any State with respect to additional station or signal .

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These additional station or signal lights, shapes or whistle signals shall, so far as possible, be such that they cannot be mistaken for any light, shape or signal authorized elsewhere under these Rules. Rule 31 gives the navigation light and shape requirements for seaplanes.

It was stressed that Rule 10 applies to traffic separation schemes adopted by the Organization IMO and does not relieve any vessel of her obligation under any other rule. Rule 19 Conduct of Vessels in Restricted Visibility requires that a vessel in restricted visibility determine whether risk of collision exists when it detects by radar alone the presence of another vessel.

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However, if maneuvering room is limited or if visibility is poor, stopping the vessel perhaps in conjunction with a turn could be the colreys way to avoid or minimize damage.

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A mariner who chooses to adhere strictly to the word of the Rules, and thereby causes or fails to avoid a collision that could have been prevented by other action, may not use compliance with the Rules as a defense to liability. To avoid 11972 effects in shallow waters, vessel operators are expected to be familiar with these effects and to reduce their speed sufficiently 9172 maintain positive rudder control. We ve tried our best to prepare it without mistakes. Inner tubes are not included, although sailboards are.


The resulting rules were adopted in and came into effect in Some minor changes were made during the Brussels Maritime Conference and some rule changes were proposed, but never ratified, at the International Conference on Safety of Life at Sea S.

Three types of vessels: Manning and safe manning document 1. Unless you are in the open ocean, you should seek precise navigational information. It was also to clarify that if a vessel is obliged to cross traffic lanes it should do so as nearly as practicable at right angles to the general direction of the traffic flow.

The greatest breadth does not always occur amidships.

International Regulations For Preventing Collisions At Sea, 1972

In the UK in coloured sidelights were recommended for sailing vessels and fog signals were required to be given, by steam vessels on the ships whistle and by sailing vessels on the fog horn or bell, while a separate but similar action was also taken in the United States.

Rule 38 says ships which comply with the Collision Regulations and were built or already under construction when the Collision Regulations entered into force may be exempted from some requirements for light and sound signals for specified periods. A harbor or harbour, or haven, is a place where ships may shelter from the weather or are stored.

Harbours can be man-made or natural.

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Rather, there can be a “Give Way” burdened vessel and a “Stand on” privileged vessel, or there may be two give way vessels with no stand on vessel. Sections 25 and 26 of the. Pertinent and timely information is essential for the safe cllregs More information. In other areas where such schemes did not exist the number of collisions rose sharply.


Both necessity and immediate danger must be present. Help on using footnotes is available.

The value of radar in assessing risk of collision in poor visibility is obvious. Good eyesight is affected by environmental factors such as ambient light, weather conditions, water spray, or wind.

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International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea

Neither vessel has “right of way”. A lookout man should be always aware of what is happening on his own vessel keeping a check that all navigational equipment required for keeping the vessel on course are 172 correctly. Vertical positioning and spacing of lights More information.

These rules are usually more stringent than RoR. On a head-on situation, a vessel is unable to alter her course to starboard due to the presence of another vessel on her starboard side. The effectiveness of traffic separation schemes can be judged from a study made by the International Association of Institutes of Navigation IAIN in Congress of the United States.

Rule 24 covers lights for vessels towing and pushing. Rule 19 states every vessel should proceed at a safe speed adapted to prevailing circumstances and restricted visibility. Neglect to comply with any precaution: The main Deep Water route is from the North East. Risk of collision in Head-on situation:

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