Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collision at Sea 1972 [COLREGS] Law and Legal Definition

Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 is an international set of standard navigation rules to prevent collisions at sea. In 1972, maritime law enjoyed a significant breakthrough. The regulations not only just apply to the ocean, but also to all vessels upon the high seas and in all waters connected therewith navigable by seagoing vessels. Almost all nations and states have adopted the COLREGS, with some changes on points of detail. In maritime law, if a coastal state has modified the COLREGS or have different requirements, then such local requirements prevail. The COLREGS state that: Nothing in these Rules shall interfere with the operation of special rules made by an appropriate authority for roadsteads, harbors, rivers, lakes or inland waterways connected with the high seas and navigable by seagoing vessels.