11.08.2017

This latest release of the World Port Index, i.e. Publication 150 traditionally provides all interested parties, and mariners in the first turn, with the locations and characteristics as well as the known facilities and available services of the major shipping ports of the world, together with the shipping facilities, oil terminals and other valuable information; the total number if the entries reaches sixty-four thousand.

As always, this release of the Publication cancels the previous one. The selection of the shipping places for the inclusion in the Index is based on the special criteria that have been established by the Agency. Note that they are not random choices. The information about each of the places has been supplemented with the sailing directions and charts, as applicable. The present release of the document includes all information that is currently available to the Agency as of the publishing date.

Taking into account a huge amount of the diversified information and data to be included in the single book, the authors has used some simple codes to indicate certain types of the information contained. All of those code symbols have been explained at the tops of the pages. Needless to say, this publication is there among the top important ones for all mariners regardless of their position.

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08.08.2017

This renewed release of the publication is mainly basing on the chart specifications that are regularly issued by the IHO (standing for the International Hydrographic Organization). It contains the required abbreviations, symbols and terms plus S-57 objects commonly used in national and international navigational charts published by the hydrographic department of Singapore MPA.

The abbreviations and symbols that are shown on the electronic navigational display systems using VEC may actually be seriously differing from the ones that have been described in the present volume. The publication starts with the introduction and information on the schematic layout of the charts. Then, the "General" part comes addressing the numbering of the charts, positions/distances and marginal notes, directions etc. Remaining parts of this title are dealing with the topography, hydrography, and navigation aids/services. In fact, the layout of this volume is similar to the one applied in this Admiralty publication.

There is some supplementary info at the end of the book, for example containing the abbreviations of the principal terminology in English language as well as international abbreviations. Note the chart reference and projection info contained in the opening chapter of the book, as well as the planes of reference, depths, heights, bearings and vertical clearance.

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08.08.2017

This official publication was initially intended to serve as a primary key to the abbreviations/symbols that are commonly used on Admiralty and also International paper nautical charts that are compiled by the UKHO, standing for the UK Hydrographic Office. Some variations may still occur on the above mentioned nautical charts adopted in the series issued by the Admiralty but originally worked out by other hydrographic offices.

Those abbreviations/symbols that are easily understood have not been included as the examples in this volume. Please also note that the abbreviations/symbols that are shown on the navigational display systems that utilizing the VEC, i.e. vector navigation charts, may sometimes differ from the ones described in this title. The publication starts with the intro part providing some general information including the numbering of charts, title and marginal notes, positions and distances, directions etc.

Then there are three major parts covering the topography, including ports, landmarks and cultural/natural features, hydrography, including depth, currents, tides, seabed nature, routes and tracks, various offshore facilities and installations etc., and navigation aids and services, such as the beacons and lights, fog signals, radars and many other. And, the last part of the book provides the alphabetical indexes.

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06.08.2017

This is a really rewarding study of map preparation and practical use of maps. The book is intended to offer readers an excellent and very valuable contribution to the cartography. The author has clearly explained the effective established methods of delineating the round earth on a piece of paper that is flat, and these methods have been developed over past four centuries.

The text is rich of clear and informative data diagrams showing every single stage of human's attempts to solve that problem. Though the book is not that big, its content present a very good combination of various elements, such as the usefulness and readability. Note that this is not a textbook on map projection; however, is shall definitely be used as a very handy introduction to this subject because of the amount of the relevant information that will be most probably needed by the non-specialists. There are two sources of fear for the mariners - to get lost and to face a bad weather, and that is why the maps are considered critically important for any mariner.

The publication starts with the introduction followed by the chapters covering the Mercator's resume and early sailing navigation charts, revealing replicas and writing approach, soldiering on, wall maps, worldviews and other relevant areas. The book is very readable and is expected to be used by all people with the interest in the field.

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06.08.2017

Though the electronic ship navigation is relatively new area, it is becoming more and more common, and this particularly relates to the commercial shipping. The present title by Adam Weintrit was prepared to offer its readers a real wealth of detailed data and information covering the various systems of nautical charting, showing how they operate and answering the most of the frequently asked questions related to the various electronic charts such as the RNC, ENC or DNC and associated systems like ECDIS and ECS.

This is the very first resource providing so much details covering all facets of ECS and ECDIS and it will definitely service as the true Bible for the users of ECDIS. Note that this publication not only provides required technical information to be used for the training programs but shall also be used by the practicing engineers engages in the field maintenance of the ECDIS.

In addition, the volume will present a specific practical interest to the people required to know about the selection and implementation, as well as the operational use and benefits of the above mentioned systems. The management matters have also been covered in this publication. The authors preferred not to go too deep into the purely technical details of actual construction and working principles of ECDIS.

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04.08.2017

Latest release by Canadian Coast Guard, this one covers Atlantic, Great Lakes, Saint Lawrence, Lake Winnipeg and Arctic). The book starts with the register of latest amendments done to its content. The first part of the book covers such the important aspects as changes to the MMSI numbers, annual publications, ship radio inspections and avoidance of the collisions with right whales - all this information have been included in the introductory part of the document.

The second part of the paper covers the facilities information, including the marcom and traffic services center, racons, i.e. radio beacons and their stations that are continuously in operation, and various canal, port and lock ship operations. The next chapter is solely dedicated to the VTS, standing for the vessel traffic services, and is dealing with the responsibilities of the parties involves, traffic clearance and communications, zone description and application, reports and VTS zone schedules.

The fourth part of the document provides general information covering the procedures, systems and services. Finally, the last fifth chapter of the paper is covering the marine and ice warning and forecast programs by Environment Canada. In short, the content of the document will be helpful to all mariners navigating in Canadian waters.

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04.08.2017

And this is the latest release of another official publication prepared and released by Canadian Coast Guard. The principle layout of the present paper is similar to the one of this document. However, as it is implied by the title of the book, it is covering the Pacific and Arctic regions.

Again, the opening part of the document provides readers with the advance notices including updates to the consolidation of MCTS centers, changes done to MMSI numbers, inspections and MetOC broadcast service plus Prince Ruper MCTS; in addition, there is information on the IRCC, standing for the Joint Rescue Coordination Center, addresses of the regional offices, regional NOTSHIP (i.e. notices to shipping) issuing authorities, directory of telephone/telex numbers etc. The other three parts of the publication are covering nearly same aspects as the document mentioned earlier.

The complete list of tables contained in the volume is provided at the very beginning together with the list of figures. Talking about the last parts of the book dedicated to the Environment Canada's programs, it covers the marine warning, VOS (i.e. voluntary observing ship), marine and ice forecast, and buoys programs, NAVTEX, Pacific Coast and Northern Canada, PMOs and CIS, standing for the port meteorological officers and Canadian Ice Service.

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04.08.2017

The present information document has been originally developed and released in 2011 by AMSA specialists working closely with the Coastal Pilot Working Group. Some very valuable contributions have been added by the pilotage stakeholders and pilots. The information that has been selected for the inclusion in the present publication in the "passage plan model" as per the Marine Order no. 54.

This paper has been designed as a guide for conducting pilotage activities in Queensland areas. Note that it is not intended in any way to provide any formal legal advice and has been published only for reference. Mariners are expected to use the chartlets and other info provided in the book to support the voyage planning, navigating principles and common practices of seamanship. The content of this title has been arranged in four big chapters. The first chapter provides general information related to the pilotage, bridge resource management, management of the risks associated with coastal pilotage, draught and routes restrictions etc.

The second chapter is dedicated to planning the chartlets and covers different areas. The third section, in turn, covers the uniform waypoints - inner route north/south, great north east channel and hydrographers passage. The last fourth chapter of the documents provides readers with a list of acronyms used throughout the publication.

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