Col Regs – Rule 1 Explained

Rule 1 Explained Application (a) These Rules shall apply to all vessels upon the high seas and in all waters connected therewith navigable by seagoing vessels. (b) Nothing in these Rules shall interfere with the operation of special rules made by an appropriate...

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Col Regs – Rule 2 Explained

Rule 2 Explained Responsibility (a) Nothing in these Rules shall exonerate any vessel, or the owner, master or crew thereof, from the consequences of any neglect to comply with these Rules or of the neglect of any precaution which may be required by the ordinary...

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Col Regs – Rule 3 Explained

Rule 3 Explained. General definitions For the purpose of these Rules, except where the context otherwise requires: (a) The word “vessel” includes every description of water craft, including non-displacement craft, WIG craft and seaplanes, used or capable of being used...

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Col Regs – Rule 5 – Look Out Explained

Image reproduced by kind permission of The Steamship Mutual SSM P&I Club Rule 5 Look-out Every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper look-out by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so...

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Col Regs – Rule 6 Safe Speed

Image Courtesy of Steamship Mutual Rule 6 The Explanation follows Rule 6. Have a copy of the rule handy when reading the explanation Safe speed Every vessel shall at all times proceed at a safe speed so that she can take proper and effective action to avoid collision...

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Col Regs – Rule 7 Risk of Collision

Explanation Rule 7 Taking compass bearings is one of the most important means of determining risk of collision. Good visibility is needed to use this technique and a series or number of bearings need to be taken. On smaller vessels bearings may be taken using a...

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Col Regs – Rule 8 Action to Avoid Collision

Rule 8 Action to avoid Collision EXPLANATION (Rule 8 is below Explanation) Take action and make it early As soon as you identify a risk of collision, you must identify the correct action to avoid collision to ensure the vessels will pass at ‘a safe distance’. You...

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Col Regs – Rule 9 Narrow Channels

RULE 9 Narrow Channels. (a) A vessel proceeding along the course of a narrow channel or fairway shall keep as near to the outer limit of the channel or fairway which lies on her starboard side as is safe and practicable. (b) A vessel of less than 20m in length or a...

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Col Regs – Rule 10 Traffic Separation Schemes

Rule 10 Traffic Separation Schemes Explained This is one of the longest rules, always remember the following: All of the other rules continue to apply within a traffic separation scheme. There is no right of way – a traffic separation lane does not give you right of...

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Rule 12 Sailing Vessels

Video for Rule 12 Sailing Vessels Explained click on the image to access video Rule 12 Sailing Vessels (a) When two sailing vessels are approaching one another, so as to involve risk of collision, one of them shall keep out of the way of the other as follows: (i) when...

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Col Regs – Rule 13 Overtaking

(a) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Rules of Part B, Sections I and II, any vessel overtaking any other shall keep out of the way of the vessel being overtaken. (b) A vessel shall be deemed to be overtaking when coming up with another vessel from a direction...

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