Introduction to Maritime Watchkeeping and Rules of the Road
Learn about the application of rules in the Collision Regulations guiding vessels at sea from this free online course.
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To navigate a vessel safely at sea a mariner must have an understanding of the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGs). The aim of the Collision Regulations (COLREGs) is to establish rules to avoid collisions at sea. The increasing number of ships and condensed traffic on the sea lines of communication makes the COLREGs rather important for the safety of the seas. Introduction to Maritime Watchkeeping and Rules of the Road is a free online course that begins by introducing you to International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea, 1972 from the general rules, along with the major sections of the steering and sailing rules. The course will also introduce you to the required conduct of vessels in any condition of visibility, required conduct of vessels in sight of one another, and the conduct of vessels in restricted visibility. You will learn about the application of the rules, the responsibilities, along with the rules and the types of vessel in the pretext of COLREGs. You will study the general definitions guiding COLREGs, RAM vessels, and the Rules that are applicable in any conditions of visibility. How to maintain a proper look-out, the factors to be considered in determining a safe speed, and determining the risks of collisions will be covered in this course.
Next, this course will teach you the actions that are required to avoid a collision, actions to be taken by the vessels in narrow channels, and the traffic separation schemes. You will learn the required actions that should be taken when two sailing vessels are approaching one another, to avoid a collision. The rules that apply to the traffic separation schemes adopted by the organization and the actions that are required from a vessel using the theme traffic separation scheme. You will evaluate the steps that should be taken when the draft, width of the ship, and contour of the bottom of the channel is unsafe or not practicable to comply with this rule. This course will help you understand the proper and effective action, as well as stopping distance for vessels. You will also study the responsibilities of vessels in overtaking and head-on situations when two power-driven vessels are meeting on reciprocal or nearly reciprocal courses. You will then learn the important actions that are required to be taken when two power-driven vessels are crossing which may involve risks of collisions. The course will explain the action by give-way vessel, action by stand-on vessel, and the responsibilities between vessels.
Furthermore, the course will help you improve your understanding of the conduct of vessels in restricted visibility, the application of the rule, and how to prevent a sailing vessel underway from a vessel not under command. The course will explain how to prevent collisions between power-driven vessels underway from a vessel not under command, and how vessels engaged in fishing can be prevented from a vessel restricted in her ability to manoeuvre. The use of all equipment, traditional as well as electronic to enlighten users of the actual conditions, will be discussed. Also, the various types of vessel in the pretext of the COLREGs and the Rules of the Road will be analyzed in this course. You will learn the important rules that apply to all vessels on the high seas and in all waters connected therewith navigable by seagoing vessels. This course will be of significant interest to students, mariners, and anyone with an interest in gaining credible, advanced knowledge in the principles of watchkeeping together with the Rules of the Road. So, register for this course today and improve your knowledge of the maritime watchkeeping systems and Rules of the Road.Start Course Now
Knowledge of the Collision Regulation
Knowledge of the Collision Regulation - Learning Outcomes
Introduction to Collision Regulation
Applications and Responsibilities
Steering and Sailing Rules
Knowledge of the Collision Regulation - Lesson Summary
Visibility of Vessels
Visibility of Vessels - Learning Outcomes
Actions to Avoid Collision
Vessels in Sight of One Another
Actions by Stand-On Vessels
Visibility of Vessels - Lesson Summary
Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
- Evaluate the importance of the Rules of the Road
- Explain the general rules of application and responsibility in COLREG 72
- Analyze the application of the steering and sailing rules
- Describe the required conduct of vessels in any condition of visibility
- Analyze the required conduct of vessels in sight of one another
- Outline the required conduct of vessels in restricted visibility
- Evaluate the actions of vessels at sea to avoid collisions
- Discuss the application of traffic separation schemes
- Discuss the actions required by a stand-on vessel
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