Business & Law

The maritime world has it’s own set of rules which are vital to avoiding things like collisions, pollution and so forth. In this Business & Law section, we’ll set out the basics to help you get to your destination safely and efficiently whilst complying with all the necessary laws.

International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea

[otherwise referred to as colregs or IRPCS]

  • International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
    • Part A – General
    • Part B – Steering and Sailing
      Section I, Conduct of vessels in any condition or visibility

    • Part B – Steering and Sailing
      Section II, Conduct of vessels in sight of one another

      • Rule 11: Application
      • Rule 12: Sailing vessels
      • Rule 13: Overtaking
      • Rule 14: Head-on-situations
      • Rule 15: Crossing situations
      • Rule 16: The give-way vessel
      • Rule 17: The stand-on vessel
      • Rule 18: Responsibilities between vessels
    • Part B – Steering and Sailing
      Section III, Conduct of vessels in restricted visibility

      • Rule 19:Conduct of vessel in restricted visibility
    • Part C – Lights and shapes
      • Rule 20: Application
      • Rule 21: Definitions
      • Rule 22: Visibility of lights
      • Rule 23: Lights displayed by power-driven vessels underway
      • Rule 24: Lights for vessels towing and pushing
      • Rule 25: Lights for sailing and rowing vessels
      • Rule 26: Lights for fishing vessels
      • Rule 27: Lights for vessels not under command or restricted in their ability to manoeuvre
      • Rule 28: Lights for vessels constrained by their draught
      • Rule 29: Lights for pilot vessels
      • Rule 30: Lights for vessels anchored and aground
      • Rule 31: Lights for seaplanes
    • Part D – Sound and light signals
      • Rule 32: Definitions of whistle
      • Rule 33: Equipment
      • Rule 34: Maneuvering and warning signals, using whistle or lights
      • Rule 35: Sound signals to be used in restricted visibility
      • Rule 36: Signals to be used to attract attention
      • Rule 37: Distress Signals
    • Part E – Exemption
      • Rule 38: Exemption
    • Part F – Verification of compliance with the provisions of the convention
      • Rule 39: Definitions
      • Rule 40: Application
      • Rule 41: Verification of compliance
    • Annexes
      • Annex I – Positioning and technical details of lights and shapes
      • Annex II – Additional signals for fishing vessels fishing in close proximity
      • Annex III – Technical details of sound signal appliances
      • Annex IV – Distress Signals
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