Steamship and Videotel in COLREGS and Buoyage Initiative

November 2013

The risk of collision at sea is a hazard to which all shipowners and seafarers are exposed, regardless of ship type or trading area. The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) provide a complete code that, if properly understood and applied, should avoid ships ever coming into collision. However, the Club’s claims experience reveals a persistent frequency of collision incidents albeit with year on year variations in severity. The most serious collision incidents have the potential to involve a very broad spectrum of P&I liabilities.

In 2009, the Managers produced and distributed to Members a loss prevention DVD “Collision Course”. This was not a training programme but a loss prevention initiative directed towards raising awareness amongst Masters and watch-keeping officers of some of the key issues that were causing collisions – deficiencies in lookout, safe speed, assessment of collision risk, and avoiding action. Further information about that DVD can be found at the following link to the Club’s website:

http://www.steamshipmutual.com/loss-prevention/CollisionCourse1108.html


In recognition of the loss prevention benefits to be derived from improved and comprehensive knowledge of the COLREGS, Steamship Mutual, a leading P&I Club, has produced in association with Videotel Marine International, a computer based training course covering not only the COLREGs, but also the International Association of Marine Aids and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) Buoyage Systems in both Regions A and B.

Chris Adams, Head of Loss Prevention, said: “The risk of collision at sea is one that is eminently avoidable through adherence to the requirements of the COLREGS. The Managers of Steamship Mutual firmly believe that this programme will do much to improve the understanding and appreciation of both the COLREGS and buoyage systems and thereby reduce the risk of unnecessary loss arising from both collision and grounding.”

Further details of this course can be found in the brochure below:

                

 

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Press contact:
Jacqueline Callard
Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited
 +44 (0) 20 7650 6515 (direct)
 jackie.callard@simsl.com

 

About Steamship Mutual

Steamship Mutual (managed by Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited) is a leading provider of Protection & Indemnity (P&I) insurance. As one of the largest P&I Clubs in the International Group, Steamship Mutual insures a diverse range of shipping around the globe, for both shipowners and charterers. With offices in London, Bermuda, Greece, Hong Kong, Brazil and correspondents in every major shipping port worldwide, Steamship Mutual employs highly professional and experienced staff including qualified lawyers, ex-senior mariners, and specialist insurance and claims experts.

For further information visit: www.steamshipmutual.com