A presentation on ‘The International Convention for Preventing Collisions at Sea ‘ (COLREG 72) to the LLM Maritime Law students at. (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 . for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREG),. Prof. Manuel Ventura. MSc in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture. a. COLREG. 2. COLREG.

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In the United States, the rules for vessels navigating inland are published alongside the international rules. Annex IV – Distress signals, which lists the signals indicating distress and need of assistance.

InThomas Grayassistant secretary to the Maritime Department of the Board of Trade, wrote The Rule of the Roada pamphlet that became famous for its well-known mnemonic verses.

International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea – Wikipedia

The effectiveness of traffic separation schemes can be judged from a study made by the International Association of Institutes of Navigation IAIN in It looks like your browser does not have JavaScript enabled.

One of the most important innovations in the COLREGs was the recognition given to traffic separation schemes – Rule 10 gives guidance in determining safe speed, the risk of collision and the conduct of vessels operating in or near traffic separation schemes.

Rule 24 covers lights for vessels towing and pushing.

Section II – Conduct of vessels in sight of one another Rules You may be trying to access this site from a secured browser on the server. February Learn how and when to remove this template message.


Inthe Articles were supplemented with whistle signals and in a new set of international regulations was implemented. Archived from the original on 4 August Turn off more accessible mode. InEnglish maritime Law colre being adopted in the United States.

Retrieved 6 June Retrieved 13 February Rule 13covers overtaking – the overtaking vessel should keep out of the way of the vessel being overtaken. Neither vessel has “right of way”. The full texts of current rules, as they apply in various national jurisdictions, are available in book form, and likewise from various national administration websites.

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International Regulations For Preventing Collisions At Sea, 1972

Judicial Committee July 14, 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 International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea COLREGs are published by the International Maritime Organization IMO and set out, among other things, the “rules of the road” or navigation rules to be followed by ships and other vessels at sea to prevent collisions between two or more vessels.

Rule 23 covers lights to be carried by power-driven vessels underway. It is a mistake to suppose that a rigorous enforcement of the necessity of adopting precautionary measures by the persons in charge of steamboats to avoid damage to sailing vessels on our rivers and internal waters will have the effect to produce carelessness and neglect on the part of the persons in charge of the latter. Rule 35 covers sound signals to be used in restricted visibility.


The majority is presented in the working languages.

Learn how and when to remove these template messages. International Conference made several recommendations, including the recognition of radar these were eventually ratified in and became effective in The summary below is based upon [ clarification needed ] but is not identical to the published text.

The following signals, used or exhibited either together or separately, indicate distress and need of assistance:. Rule 39 provides definitions.

Two new paragraphs were added to Rule 10 to exempt vessels which are restricted in their ability to manoeuvre “when engaged in an operation for the safety of navigation in a traffic separation scheme” or when engaged in cable laying.

Rule 28 covers light requirements oclreg vessels constrained by their draught. A commonly held misconception concerning the rules of marine navigation is that by following specific rules, a vessel can gain certain rights of way over other vessels. Rule 17 deals with the action of the stand-on vessel, including the provision that the stand-on vessel may “take action to avoid collision by her manoeuvre alone as soon as it becomes apparent to her that the vessel required to keep out of the way is not taking appropriate action.

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Rule 3 includes definitions. Further recommendations were made by a S.

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