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Project Aims

The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 (COLREGs) are a set of rules to be followed by navigation officers to avoid collisions at sea. It is one of the most important International Conventions that all seagoing Officers must understand and be able to apply to real world situations. However, case law, as stated in the MARS and MAIB reports, indicates that many of the basic principles of the COLREGs are improperly understood and applied. It is also common practice to use the VHF Radio, although it is not prescribed in the COLREGs. C4FF's recent investigation into COLREGs found almost 50 percent of seafarers throughout the world disregard/ignore the COLREGs at sea when they are taking actions to avoid collisions. In order to create safer seas it is essential that seafarers should have a thorough understanding of the COLREGs rules and their application.

A new major and prestigious EU funded project called ACTs (Avoiding Collisions aT Sea) will address this issue by investigating the current problems in applying COLREGs. The project partners will then develop a new online course making it simpler and easier to understand COLREGs. The ACTs consortium is made up of major EU maritime education and training organisations who wish to reduce the number of collisions, and to make the seas safer.

The ACTs project specifically aims to:

  • Identify the knowledge gaps and deficiencies in the application of COLREGs through surveys and validation workshops
  • Interpret and translate the rules
  • Study and animate collision and near miss scenarios from each partner country to be used as learning materials to enhance the understanding and application of COLREGs by seafarers
  • Develop an innovative online e-learning and e-assessment platform.



Collision reporting

Reporting a collision or near miss to ecolregs.com is a secure confidential process. The COLREGs partners will study the reported incident in order to develop materials and scenarios that seafarers and cadets can learn how to improve the implementation of COLREGs at sea so similar incidents do not occur in the future.

Lessons can be learnt from all aspects of a near miss or collision, and details of the actions taken to minimise the effects of an accident are particularly helpful. Any recommendations or observations you have on actions that could have been taken at the time to prevent or lessen the severity of the collision or near miss would also be helpful.

Much is gained from the information provided from those with first hand experience in collision and near miss situations and we thank you in advance for your contributions.

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.