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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 as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision.
- International Regulations For Preventing Collisions At Sea, 1972
- S.I. No. 185/1965 - Collision Regulations (Ships and Seaplanes on The Water) Order, 1965.
- Vessel lights day shapes and sound signals VBSH
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International Regulations For Preventing Collisions At Sea, 1972
The Government, in exercise of the powers conferred on them by sections and of the Merchant Shipping Act, , as adapted and by section 58 of the Air Navigation and Transport Act, No.
The Interpretation Act, No. The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, set forth in the First Schedule to this Order, shall, with the exception of Rule 31 thereof, constitute the collision regulations referred to in the Merchant Shipping Act, , and in that Act as applied by section 58 of the Air Navigation and Transport Act, No. The collision regulations shall apply to Irish seaplanes on the surface of the water wherever such seaplanes may be.
The collision regulations shall apply to all ships and to all seaplanes on the surface of the water which are ships or seaplanes of the foreign countries which are included in the countries set forth in the Second Schedule to this Order, whether such ships or seaplanes are within the jurisdiction of the State or not, and such ships or seaplanes shall, for the purposes of the collision regulations, be treated as if they were Irish ships and Irish seaplanes respectively.
Nothing in this Order shall be taken to authorise the prosecution of the master or owner of a foreign ship or the pilot or owner of a foreign seaplane for any offence consisting only of an act or omission outside the jurisdiction of the State. PART A. Where, as a result of their special construction, it is not possible for seaplanes to comply fully with the provisions of Rules specifying the carrying of lights and shapes, these provisions shall be followed as closely as circumstances permit.
The lights prescribed by these Rules may also be exhibited from sunrise to sunset in restricted visibility and in all other circumstances when it is deemed necessary. Vessels of less than feet in length shall not be required to carry this second white light but may do so. The horizontal distance between the two white lights shall be at least three times the vertical distance. The lower of these two white lights or, if only one is carried, then that light, shall be placed at a height above the hull of not less than 20 feet, and, if the breadth of the vessel exceeds 20 feet, then at a height above the hull not less than such breadth, so however that the light need not be placed at a greater height above the hull than 40 feet.
In all circumstances the light or lights, as the case may be, shall be so placed as to be clear of and above all other lights and obstructing superstructures. Each of these lights shall be of the same construction and character and one of them shall be carried in the same position as the white light prescribed in Rule 2 a i. None of these lights shall be carried at a height of less than 14 feet above the hull.
In a vessel with a single mast, such lights may be carried on the mast. By day, she shall carry in a vertical line one over the other not less than 6 feet apart, where they can best be seen, two black balls or shapes each not less than 2 feet in diameter. The highest and lowest of these lights shall be red, and the middle light shall be white, and they shall be of such a character as to be visible all round the horizon at a distance of at least 2 miles.
By day, she shall carry in a vertical line one over the other not less than 6 feet apart, where they can best be seen, three shapes each not less than 2 feet in diameter, of which the highest and lowest shall be globular in shape and red in colour, and the middle one diamond in shape and white.
These lights shall be carried in addition to the light prescribed in Rule 2 a i or Rule 7 a i , as appropriate, and shall be of such a character as to be visible all round the horizon at a distance of at least 2 miles. By day she shall carry black balls, not less than 2 feet in diameter, in the same position as the green lights.
Such signals are contained in Rule They shall also carry stern lights as prescribed in Rule 10, provided that vessels towed, except the last vessel of a tow, may carry, in lieu of such stern light, a small white light as prescribed in Rule 3 b. The upper light shall be red and the lower light shall be green. Both lights shall be constructed and fixed as prescribed in Rule 2 a i and shall be visible at a distance of at least 2 miles.
Power-driven vessels of less than 65 feet in length, vessels under oars or sails of less than 40 feet in length, and rowing boats, when under way shall not be required to carry the lights prescribed in Rules 2, 3 and 5, but if they do not carry them they shall be provided with the following lights :—. Such lantern shall be carried not less than 3 feet below the white light.
Each of these lights shall be of the sameconstruction and character as the white light prescribed in section a i and one of them shall be carried in the same position. In a vessel with a single mast such lights may be carried on the mast.
Where it is not possible to fix this light, it shall be kept ready for immediate use and shall be exhibited in sufficient time to prevent collision and so that the green light shall not be seen on the port side nor the red light on the starboard side. When being pushed ahead they shall carry at the forward end the sidelights or combined lantern prescribed in sections a or d of this Rule, as appropriate, provided that any number of vessels referred to in this Rule when pushed ahead in a group shall be lighted as one vessel under this Rule unless the overall length of the group exceeds 65 feet when the provisions of Rule 5 c shall apply.
If such a vessel is of less than 65 feet in length she may carry the white light at a height of not less than 9 feet above the gunwale and the red light at a distance of 4 feet below the white light. An intermittent white light visible all round the horizon may be used in lieu of flare-up lights.
She shall also carry the stern light prescribed in Rule The upper of these lights shall be green and the lower light white and each shall be visible all round the horizon. The lower of these two lights shall be carried at a height above the sidelights not less than twice the distance between the two vertical lights. Such vessels if of less than 40 feet in length may carry the red light at a height of not less than 9 feet above the gunwale and the white light not less than 3 feet below the red light.
When not making way through the water they shall show neither the sidelights nor the stern light. This additional white light shall be placed at a height not exceeding that of the white light prescribed in section c i and not lower than the sidelights.
They may also use working lights but fishermen shall take into account that specially bright or insufficiently screened working lights may impair the visibility and distinctive character of the lights prescribed in this Rule.
Such vessels if of less than 65 feet in length may substitute a basket for such black shape. If their outlying gear extends more than feet horizontally into the seaway vessels engaged in fishing shall display in addition one black conical shape, point upwards, in the direction of the outlying gear. Such a vessel may also carry a second white light in the position prescribed in section b of this Rule but shall not be required to do so.
The second white light, if carried, shall be visible at a distance of at least 2 miles and so placed as to be as far as possible visible all round the horizon. Both these lights shall be visible at a distance of at least 3 miles and so placed as to be as far as possible visible all round the horizon. By day she shall carry, wherethey can best be seen, three black balls, each not less than 2 feet in diameter, placed in a vertical line one over the other, not less than 6 feet apart. Every vessel or seaplane on the water may, if necessary in order to attract attention, in addition to the lights which she is by these Rules required to carry, show a flare-up light or use a detonating or other efficient sound signal that cannot be mistaken for any signal authorised elsewhere under these Rules.
A vessel proceeding under sail, when also being propelled by machinery, shall carry in the daytime forward, where it can best be seen, one black conical shape, point downwards, not less than 2 feet in diameter at its base.
PART C. The possession of information obtained from radar does not relieve any vessel of the obligation of conforming strictly with the Rules and, in particular, the obligations contained in Rules 15 and The Annex to the Rules contains recommendations intended to assist in the use of radar as an aid to avoiding collision in restricted visibility. A sailing vessel of 40 feet or more in length shall be provided with a similar fog horn and bell.
In vessels of more than feet in length the bell shall be sounded in the forepart of the vessel, and in addition there shall be sounded in the after part of the vessel, at intervals of not more than 1 minute for about 5 seconds, a gong or other instrument, the tone and sounding of which cannot be confused with that of the bell.
Every vessel at anchor may in addition, in accordance with Rule 12, sound three blasts in succession, namely, one short, one prolonged, and one short blast, to give warning of her position and of the possibility of collision to an approaching vessel.
When practicable, this signal shall be made immediately after the signal made by the towing vessel. A vessel when fishing with trolling lines and under way shall sound the signals prescribed in sub-sections i , ii or iii as may be appropriate. PART D. In obeying and construing these Rules, any action taken should be positive, in ample time, and with due regard to the observance of good seamanship.
Risk of collision can, when circumstances permit, be ascertained by carefully watching the compass bearing of an approaching vessel.
If the bearing does not appreciably change, such risk should be deemed to exist. Mariners should bear in mind that seaplanes in the act of landing or taking off, or operating under adverse weather conditions, may be unable to change their intended action at the last moment. Rules 17 to 24 apply only to vessels in sight of one another. This Rule only applies to cases where vessels are meeting end on, or nearly end on, in such a manner as to involve risk of collision, and does not apply to two vessels which must, if both keep on their respective course, pass clear of each other.
The only cases to which it does apply are when each of two vessels is end on, or nearly end on, to the other; in other words, to cases in which, by day, each vessel sees the masts of the other in a line, or nearly in a line, with her own; and by night, to cases in which each vessel is in such a position as to see both the sidelights of the other. It does not apply, by day, to cases in which a vessel sees another ahead crossing her own course; or, by night, to cases where the red light of one vessel is opposed to the red light of the other or where the green light of one vessel is opposed to the green light of the other or where a red light without a green light or a green light without a red light is seen ahead, or where both green and red lights are seen anywhere but ahead.
When two power-driven vessels are crossing, so as to involve risk of collision, the vessel which has the other on her own starboard side shall keep out of the way of the other.
In circumstances, however, where risk of collision exists, she shall comply with these Rules. Where by any of these Rules one of two vessels is to keep out of the way, the other shall keep her course and speed.
When, from any cause, the latter vessel finds herself so close that collision cannot be avoided by the action of the giving-way vessel alone, she also shall take such action as will best aid to avert collision See Rules 27 and Every vessel which is directed by these Rules to keep out of the way of another vessel shall, so far as possible, take positive early action to comply with this obligation, and shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, avoid crossing ahead of the other.
Every power-driven vessel which is directed by these Rules to keep out of the way of another vessel shall, on approaching her, if necessary, slacken her speed or stop or reverse. Regardless of whether an approaching vessel on the farther side of the bend is heard, such bend shall be rounded with alertness and caution.
All vessels not engaged in fishing, except vessels to which the provisions of Rule 4 apply, shall, when under way, keep out of the way of vessels engaged in fishing. This Rule shall not give to any vessel engaged in fishing the right of obstructing a fairway used by vessels other than fishing vessels. In obeying and construing these Rules due regard shall be had to all dangers of navigation and collision, and to any special circumstances, including the limitations of the craft involved, which may render a departure from the above Rules necessary in order to avoid immediate danger.
PART E. One short blast to mean "I am altering my course to starboard". Two short blasts to mean "I am altering my course to port". Three short blasts to mean "My engines are going astern". The giving of such a signal shall not relieve a vessel of her obligations under Rules 27 and 29 or any other Rule, or of her duty to indicate any action taken under these Rules by giving the appropriate sound signals laid down in this Rule.
Nothing in these Rules shall exonerate any vessel, or the owner, master or crew thereof, from the consequences of any neglect to carry lights or signals, or of any neglect to keep a proper look-out, or of the neglect of any precaution which may be required by the ordinary practice of seamen, or by the special circumstances of the case. Reservation of Rules for Harbours and Inland Navigation. Nothing in these Rules shall interfere with the operation of a special rule duly made by local authority relative to the navigation of any harbour, river, lake, or inland water, including a reserved seaplane area.
The radiotelegraph alarm signal, which is designed to actuate the radiotelegraph auto alarms of vessels so fitted, consists of a series of twelve dashes, sent in 1 minute, the duration of each dash being 4 seconds, and the duration of the interval between 2 consecutive dashes being 1 second.
The radiotelephone alarm signal consists of 2 tones transmitted alternately over periods of from 30 seconds to 1 minute. Information obtained from the use of radar is one of the circumstances to be taken into account when determining moderate speed. In this regard it must by recognised that small vessels, small icebergs and similar floating objects may not be detected by radar.
Radar indications of one or more vessels in the vicinity may mean that "moderate speed" should be slower than a mariner without radar might consider moderate in the circumstances. Alterations of course or speed or both are matters as to which the mariner must be guided by the circumstances of the case. A succession of small alterations of course should be avoided.
An alteration to starboard, particularly when vessels are approaching apparently on opposite or nearly opposite courses, is generally preferable to an alteration to port. A number of small alterations of speed should be avoided. In this Order— "Irish seaplane" means a seaplane registered in the State; "Irish ship" has the same meaning as in the Merchant Shipping Acts to , and includes ships in the service of the State.
RULE 1. PART B. RULE 2. RULE 3. RULE 4. RULE 5.
S.I. No. 185/1965 - Collision Regulations (Ships and Seaplanes on The Water) Order, 1965.
The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea COLREGs are published by the International Maritime Organization IMO and set out, among other things, the "rules of the road" or navigation rules to be followed by ships and other vessels at sea to prevent collisions between two or more vessels. Although rules for navigating vessels inland may differ, the international rules specify that they should be as closely in line with the international rules as possible. In the United States, the rules for vessels navigating inland are published alongside the international rules. The Racing Rules of Sailing , which govern the conduct of yacht and dinghy racing under the sanction of national sailing authorities which are members of the International Sailing Federation ISAF , are based on the COLREGs, but differ in some important matters such as overtaking and right of way close to turning marks in competitive sailing. Prior to the development of a single set of international rules and practices, there existed separate practices and various conventions and informal procedures in different parts of the world, as advanced by various maritime nations. As a result, there were inconsistencies and even contradictions that gave rise to unintended collisions.
Vessel lights day shapes and sound signals VBSH
When the length of the tow, measured from the stern of the towing vessel to the after end of the tow exceeds m, three such lights in a vertical line;. All possible measures shall be taken to indicate the nature of the relationship between the towing vessel and the vessel being towed as authorised by Rule 36, in particular by illuminating the towline. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
Please note that this product is not available for purchase from Bloomsbury. This volume is a revision aid in a subject which is compulsory for RYA sailing courses, including Day Skipper, Yachtmaster and the International Certificate of Competence exams, and is essential knowledge for anyone who goes to sea. It provides questions and expanded explanatory answers for each section of the Collision Rules right of way, lights and shapes, sound signals, and distress signals , and concludes with a mixed bag of questions to consolidate knowledge.
PART A : GENERAL