Topic outline

  • This course introduces you to the maritime traffic rules that small-scale fishers in coastal and inland waters should know about. This “Rules of the road at sea” course provides guidance on actions to take in day-to-day traffic situations at sea, during daylight and at night.  

    Working in the fisheries sector is globally one of the most dangerous jobs, with an estimated 32 thousand fatalities annually and hundreds of thousands of accidents and injuries of crew on board of fishing vessels. Most of these accidents happen on board of small-scale fishing vessels, frequently resulting in disability and death among fishers.  

    Increasing knowledge and understanding of the maritime traffic rules will help to reduce accidents. Application of the maritime traffic rules is an important safety measure at sea. 

      • System Requirements

        This course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox. 

        • Audience

          This e-learning course is primarily aimed at small-scale fishers with vessels that are smaller than 12 metres in length in developing countries. The course is also of use to maritime-, safety- and fisheries authorities, as well as fisherfolk organizations, in their training programmes for fishers on safety at sea. 

          • You will learn about

            • IMO COLREGs and FAO/IMO/ILO fishing safety codes  
            • The right of way in normal visibility and restricted visibility situations 
            • Actions to be taken for altering course and passing at a safe distance 
            • How to avoid collision at sea 
            • Day-time and night-time vessel recognition 
            • Channel markers used in various regions and the main buoys. 

            • Course structure

              The course consists of the following lessons ranging from 15 to 40 minutes duration each:  

              • Lesson 1: Rules of the Road - General considerations 
              • Lesson 2: Vessels in Sight of One Another 
              • Lesson 3: Day-time Vessel Recognition: Shapes 
              • Lesson 4: Night-time Vessel Recognition: Lights 
              • Lesson 5: Navigation Light Combinations  
              • Lesson 6: Channel Markers and Buoys  

              • Partners

                FISH Safety Foundation (FSF)

                • Digital Badge Certification

                  To be granted a digital certification from the FAO elearning Academy, you will have to take the final evaluation exam after you’ve finished a course.

                  Our digital badge certifications verify that you have achieved the learning outcomes and competencies outlined in FAO e-learning courses.

                  What is a digital badge?
                  Digital badges are online visual representations of learned skills and achievements earned in learning environments. They have already been adopted widely across a range of sectors and are being used to recognize both accredited and non-accredited learning in formal, informal and non-formal settings.
                  Badges can be displayed wherever earners want them on the web, and share them for employment, education or lifelong learning.




                  The final evaluation exam can be accessed from inside the course. The pass grade is 70%.