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Guide to the Collision Avoidance Rules - 6th Edition - ISBN: 9780080521923

Guide to the Collision Avoidance Rules

6th Edition

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Authors: A. Cockcroft J. Lameijer
eBook ISBN: 9780080521923
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 11th November 2003
Page Count: 272
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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 sixth edition incorporates all of the amendments to the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea which came into force in November 2003.

The books sets out all of the Rules 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 judgements to illustrate how they have been interpreted in practice.

Written for masters, 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 for at sea and on shore.

Key Features

  • Fully revised to meet the November 2003 IMO amendments
  • The definitive text for all concerned with both the practical and legal aspects of marine safety
  • Includes a colour section with examples of ships' lights to aid recognition of signals


Professional: Marine/shipping company managers/transportation managers. Ships masters, Navigating officers and senior crew. Practicing and consulting maritime engineers. Maritime lawyers, insurance analysts and loss adjusters. Coastal and port authority personnel. Ship owners and operators (inc. private individuals who sail larger vessels). Used by the Royal Navy and Royal Navy Reserve on Navigation courses. Academic: Nautical college students and those studying for professional marine qualifications, in particular anyone preparing for a watch keeping certificate of competency exam. Students of shipping management, marine and ocean engineering and maritime administration.

Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface; Collisions and the courts; History of the collision regulations; Part A, General Rules; Part B, Steering and sailing rules; Part C, Lights and shapes; Part D, Sound and lights signals; Selected examples of ships' lights; Part E, Exemptions; Annexes to the Rules; International convention regulation on standards of training, navigational certification and watchkeeping; IMO recommendations; Table for use in assessing risk of collision; Manoeuvring to avoid collision; Ships referred to in the text; Index.


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11th November 2003
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About the Authors

A. Cockcroft

A. Cockcroft

Marine consultant and collision regulations expert, UK. Former International Maritime Organization (IMO) collision regulations committee member.

Affiliations and Expertise

Marine consultant and collision regulations expert. Former International Maritime Organization (IMO) collision regulations committee member.

J. Lameijer

J. Lameijer

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Marine consultant and collision regulations expert, Norway.


REVIEWS OF PREVIOUS EDITION "This little book does a good job of qualifying the Rules... It is essential reading for anyone who goes to sea for business or pleasure or war." Fishing Boat World "Written by experts in the subject, this book provides a concise text for all concerned with the practical and legal aspects of interpretation of, an compliance with, the Rules... The text sets out all the Rules with clear explanations of their meaning and gives excerpts from Court judgments to illustrate how they have been interpreted in practice" Maritime Journal "This is the guide for serious prefessionals who require a comprehensive understanding of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea. The authors are exceptionally well qualified to provide this commentary as they have been involved in successive revisions of the Rules. The full text of each rule is followed by a thorough discussion of its meaning, interpretation and implications. Useful sections contain extracts from the current STCW Code and provide manoeuvring characteristics for a number of ship types and the book is carefully indexed. The text and illustrations are clear. If you require an authoritative guide to the Rules this volume is the one for you." MER "... should be compulsory reading even for those who already have qualified... the use of coloured diagrams is particularly valuable... The many court judgments quoted are also helpful, not only demonstrating how breaches of what appear to be simple regulations can lead to disaster, but also showing how, by the appropriate course of action after a collision, the parties may make a coherent case in law." The Motor Ship Amazon: 5 star rating -- "Essential for learning how to navigate safely." "This book is used by the Royal Navy, the Royal Naval Reserve and the Merchant Navy to teach navigation. It is clear, simple and easy to use with exercises on each rule and the 'Rules of the Road' in green at the back. It's essential reading if you want to learn how to get from A to Z on the blue wavy stuff and not end up IN the brown smelly stuff!!!" Jon Porter, Wirral, UK

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