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ColRegs & IALA Buoyage Training Course

This course is in two parts and examines in great detail two essential topics for deck officers and crew. The first part deals with the Collision Regulations. Although knowing these Regulations is well established as an essential for all watchkeeping officers, experience and investigation of incidents indicates that the understanding and adherence to these rules is not as universal as would be expected. This course addresses this issue. The full text of each of the thirty-eight Rules is accompanied by a Rule Guide. The Guides clarify the meanings of the Rules by putting them into simple easy-to-understand language and illustrating them all with graphic diagrams and sound signals, where appropriate. This part of the course ends with the full text of the four Annexes accompanied by brief Guides to them.

The second part of the course deals with the IALA buoyage system. Being able to recognise every buoy and knowing what each means is essential for all watchkeeping officers. Each type of buoy, their top marks and lights are described and their meanings illustrated graphically. The course deals with the lateral buoyage systems in regions A and B. It goes on to describe the cardinal marks, isolated danger marks, safe water marks, special marks and the emergency wreck marking buoy. Both parts of the course end with a test. As this knowledge is so fundamental to deck watchkeeping, a high pass mark is required..

Target Audience

All deck officers and crew working on the bridge


  • Section 1. ColRegs
  • Section 2. IALA Buoyage
  • Final Test

Regulations Addressed

  • Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972
  • IALA Maritime Buoyage System
  • STCW (as knowledge of both the ColRegs and Buoys are required by STCW)


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