A Guide to the Collision Avoidance Rules

Other | November 3, 2011

byA. N. Cockcroft, A. N. Cockcroft, J. N. F. Lameijer...

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A Guide to the Collision Avoidance Rulesis the essential reference to the safe operation of all vessels at sea. Published continuously since 1965, this respected and expert guide is the classic text for all who need to practically and legally understand and comply with 'The Rules'. This seventh edition includes the full text of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, with practical discussion of the implications of the rules included alongside all updates seen over the years, including the most recent amendments which came into force in December 2007.

The books sets out the 'COLREGs' with clear explanation of their meaning, and gives detailed examples of how the rules have been used in practice by seafarers, as well as excerpts from court judgments to illustrate how they have been interpreted in practice.

Written for seagoing engineers, navigating officers, senior crew, cadets and those in training, plus ship operators, marine lawyers and anyone concerned with the safe operation of shipping, this is an essential reference at sea and on shore.



  • Includes the full text of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, updated in line with the December 2007 amendments to the rules.
  • Contains practical advice on how the regulations should be interpreted and collisions avoided, with insightful discussion of the implications of key phrases and Court interpretations.
  • Covers important maneuvering information, with diagrams covering stopping distances, turning circles of ships of various type and size, and a color section with examples of ships' lights.

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A Guide to the Collision Avoidance Rulesis the essential reference to the safe operation of all vessels at sea. Published continuously since 1965, this respected and expert guide is the classic text for all who need to practically and legally understand and comply with 'The Rules'. This seventh edition includes the full text of the Int...

Jan Lameijer has been actively engaged in matters related to COLREGS and Ships' Routeing as an advisor to the Netherlands Administration from 1969 until 2010.

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Format:OtherDimensions:200 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:November 3, 2011Publisher:Butterworth (trade)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0080971717

ISBN - 13:9780080971711

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Table of Contents

Foreword Preface Collisions and the Courts History of the Collision Regulations Part A - General (Rules 1-3) Part B - Steering and Sailing Rules (Rules 4-19) Part C - Lights and Shapes (Rules 20-31) Part D - Sound and Lights Signals (Rules 32-37) Part E - Exemptions Annexes to the Rules Annex I - Details of lights and shapes Annex II - Additional signals for fishing vessels Annex III - Details of sound signal appliances Annex IV - Distress signals International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers Table for Use in Assessing Risk of Collision Manoeuvres to avoid Collision (including Manoeuvring Diagram) Manoeuvring Information Ships Referred to in the Text Index