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A Guide to the Collision Avoidance Rules

A Guide to the Collision Avoidance Rules is 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.


Practising marine engineers and naval architects; Marine/shipping company managers; Ships masters, navigating officers and senior crew; Consulting marine engineers; Maritime lawyers; Coastal and port authority personnel; Nautical college students and those studying for professional marine qualifications.

Hardbound, 200 Pages

Published: November 2011

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-08-097170-4


  • Foreword
    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


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