Guide to the Collision Avoidance Rules - International by A.N. Cockcroft

By A.N. Cockcroft

This booklet is the fundamental connection with the secure operation of all vessels at sea. released continually because 1965, this revered and specialist advisor is the vintage textual content for all who have to virtually and legally comprehend and agree to ‘The Rules’. This 7th version contains the entire textual content of the overseas laws for combating Collisions at Sea, with useful dialogue of the results of the foundations integrated along all updates obvious through the years, together with the latest amendments which got here into strength in December 2007. The publication units out the ‘COLREGs’ with transparent clarification in their that means, and provides distinct examples of the way the principles were utilized in perform by means of seafarers, in addition to excerpts from courtroom judgments to demonstrate how they've been interpreted in perform. Written for seagoing engineers, navigating officials, senior workforce, cadets and people in education, plus send operators, marine attorneys and an individual serious about the secure operation of delivery, this is often a necessary reference at sea and on shore.

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The two vessels collided causing serious damage. When the case came to the High Court in London both ships were found to be at fault in several respects. The Almizar was blamed for entering the fog at too high a speed and reducing too slowly, also for keeping a poor radar lookout in mistaking a large ship on an opposing course for a dhow. RULE 7 Risk of collision (a) Every vessel shall use all available means appropriate to the prevailing circumstances and conditions to determine if risk of collision exists.

The use of AIS does not negate the responsibility of the OOW to comply, at all times, with the Collision Regulations. AIS The user should not rely on AIS as the sole information system, making use of all safety-relevant information available. The use of AIS on board ship is not intended to have any special impact on the composition of the navigational watch, which should continue to be determined in accordance with the STCW Convention. Once a ship has been detected, AIS can assist in tracking it as a target.

The effect of rain clutter is much less when using 10 cm wavelength than when using 3 cm. This is often also the case with clutter caused by sea return. Vessels fitted with two radars, one of each wavelength, would be expected to make use of the 10 cm wavelength for detecting other vessels in conditions likely to cause severe clutter, particularly in heavy tropical rain squalls. In 1979 the Atlantic Empress and the Aegean Captain, two very large laden tankers, collided off Tobago near the edge of a tropical rain squall.

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