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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The same rule governs vessels sailing on the wind and approaching each other when it is doubtful which is to windward.

Turn off more accessible mode. Please help by spinning off or relocating any relevant information, and removing excessive detail that may be against Wikipedia’s inclusion policy. Judicial Committee July 14, Section III – conduct of vessels in restricted visibility Rule See the talk page for details. Prior to the development of a single set of international rules and practices, there existed separate practices and various conventions and informal procedures in different parts of the world, as advanced by various maritime nations.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. An act fixing certain rules and regulations for preventing collisions on the water.

Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGs)

Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. 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 coleg keep out of the way is not taking appropriate action.

Wikisource has original text related to this article: With the recommendation that the direction of a turn be referenced by the rudder instead of the helm or tiller being informally agreed by all maritime nations in Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Rule 30 covers light requirements for vessels anchored and aground. Whether any given rate is dangerous or not must depend upon the circumstances of each individual case, as the state of the weather, locality, and other similar facts. Annex IV – Distress signals, which lists the signals indicating distress and need of assistance.

It was operated on a voluntary basis at first but in the IMO Assembly adopted a resolution stating that colrg observance of all traffic separation schemes be made mandatory – and the COLREGs make this obligation clear. Rule 2 covers the responsibility of the master, owner and crew to comply with the rules. This showed that between and there 19722 60 collisions in the Strait of Dover; twenty years later, following the introduction of traffic separation schemes, this total was cut to only A vessel that has the wind free or sailing before or with the wind must get out of the way of the vessel that is close-hauled, or sailing by or against it and the vessel on the starboard tack has a right to keep her course, and the colregg on the larboard tack must give way 9172 be answerable for the consequences.


The Rule describes the factors which should be taken into account in determining safe speed. Fishing vessels “shall not impede the passage of any vessel following a traffic lane” but are not banned from fishing. To enable this to be done as quickly as possible the MSC has been authorized to adopt and amend traffic separation schemes on behalf of the Organization.

In the regulations were again amended. Rule 22 covers visibility of lights – indicating that lights should be visible at minimum ranges in nautical miles determined according to the type of vessel.

English Reports in Law and Equity. Judicial Committee June 11, 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 39 provides definitions. The Trinity House rules were included in the Steam Navigation Actand the Admiralty regulations regarding lights for steam ships were included in this statute in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Also incourts in the England and the United States adopted common law pertaining to reasonable speed within the Assured Clear Distance Ahead.

Such vessel was obliged to fulfil this obligation also when taking avoiding action in accordance with the steering and sailing rules when cooreg of collision exists. Rule 37 covers distress signals. In Regulation 10 was further amended to clarify the vessels which may use the “inshore traffic zone. Rule 18 deals with responsibilities between vessels and includes requirements for vessels which shall keep out of the way of others.

Collision Regulations (COLREG )

Rule 31 covers light requirements for seaplanes. 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. Rule 10 states that ships crossing traffic lanes are required to do so “as nearly as practicable at right angles to the general direction of traffic flow.


It looks like your browser does not have JavaScript enabled. The International Maritime Organization IMO convention, including the almost four dozen “rules” contained in the international regulations, must be adopted by each member country that is signatory to the convention—COLREG laws must exist within each jurisdiction.

Rule 25 covers light requirements for sailing vessels underway and vessels under oars. Part C Lights and Shapes Rules Rule 20 states rules concerning lights apply from sunset to sunrise.

Navigation, Sectionrules for preventing collisions”. 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. Cklreg 5 requires that “every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper look-out by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision.

Rule 6 deals with safe speed. Rule 36 covers signals to be used to attract attention. Rule 3 includes definitions. 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 7 covering risk of collision, which warns that “assumptions shall not be made on the basis of scanty information, especially scanty radar information”.

Rule 19 states every vessel should proceed at a safe speed adapted to prevailing circumstances and restricted visibility.

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. Retrieved 13 February