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.

Key Features

  • 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.

Table of Contents

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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