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.
- 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.
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.
Collisions and the Courts
History of the Collision Regulations
Part A. General
Part B. Steering and sailing rules
Part C. Lights and shapes
Part D. Sound and light signals
Part E. Exemptions
Annexes to the Rules
International convention on standards of training, certification and watchkeeping for seafarers, 1978
imo Recommendation on navigational watchkeeping
International convention on standards of training, certification and watchkeeping for seafarers, 1978, as amended
Change of bearing with change of range
Manœuvres to avoid collision
List of ships
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Marine consultant and collision regulations expert, UK. Former International Maritime Organization (IMO) collision regulations committee member.
Marine consultant and collision regulations expert. Former International Maritime Organization (IMO) collision regulations committee member.
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.
As a representative of the Netherlands Administration Jan has been active for about 35 years in working groups of the Sub-Committee of Safety of Navigation, concerning COLREGS and Ships' Routeing. For more than 10 years Jan acted as chairman of NAV-subcommittee working group on ships routeing.
In recognition contributions to navigation, The Council of the Royal Institute of Navigation awarded Jan the Institutes Gold Medal for the year 2004.
Marine consultant and collision regulations expert, Norway.