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NP 294 How to Keep Your Admiralty Products Up-to-Date

   As it is clearly implied by the title of the present nautical publication no. 295, it was specifically released to provide seafarers with the instruction on how to keep their Admiralty-issues navigation charts updated. Obviously, no chart of any part of our world and directions can be perfect enough to require no frequent update, revision and subsequent amendment. The degree of reliance to the nautical chart must first of all depend upon the completeness and way of the initial survey materials as well as the completeness of the reports of the changes. One shall always remember that no chart shall be taken for granted. This is all to remind you that we can only rely on the duly and timely updated charts. It is not the intention of the present publication to teach navigation; it is rather assumed that mariners are able to perform plotting from the original text of the Notices to Mariners released by the Admiralty and that they are fully aware of the ways to position the updates on the chart. The objective of this volume was to clearly and simply set up the very fundamental points of the good maintenance of the nautical charts. The text has been supplemented with the numerous nautical charts hand-updated in the UKHO to demonstrate the techniques of updating the charts. Needless to say, one of the basic publications to be possessed on board.

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BA Tidal Stream Atlas NP209 - Orkney and Shetland Islands

   BA Tidal Stream Atlas NP209 - Orkney and Shetland Islands

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Admiralty - Ocean Passages for the World

   Traditionally, this Admiralty publication provides all mariners with wealth of valuable information related to the planning of ocean voyages. Its content has been prepared so that the book can be used in planning any deep-sea voyage; it includes important notes on weather and other relevant factors that may potentially affect passages, as well as the sailing directions for numerous commonly used navigation routes, also covering the dangers that could affect subject routes. The authors of the publication have also described the climatic conditions and have provided navigators with the routes that are recommended for the full-powered ships within described areas; the routes for the low-powered ships and ships engaged in eco-steaming have also been provided. Moreover, the publication gives the common routes used by the sailing vessels; note that these routes might have to be adjusted in order to duly reflect all changing conditions and today's regulations. For each of the routes, the directions contained in the book give a guide for planning; it shall be clearly understood, however, that the conditions will most probably slightly differ from the predicted ones. Data diagrams have been provided for each of the routes in the text of the book. Individual chapters of the book are covering each of the oceans of the world. One of the most important publications.

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Brown's Nautical Almanac 2016

   One more world popular and classic nautical publication. The content of this Almanac is traditionally arranged in several parts numbered for easier reference. The first part of the Almanac addresses the astronomical information and data that are commonly used every day by the navigators, together with the clear explanations on their use. The second part of the title is dedicated to the nautical tables and methods used. The third part contains all required tables of tides for both home and foreign waters; the associated predictions were compiled by the recognized and reliable authorities. Then the part comes dealing with the coastal courses and distances covering the areas around the navigating channels of the British Isles and also near Europe. The fifth part of the Almanac contains the distance tables providing mariners with a worldwide coverage of the total distances between the major ports of US, Canada and Great Britain, and to all principal ports of the world. The next part is dedicated to the legal issues, while the closing part of the volume deals only with the lights, buoys and beacons of the British Isles. The content of the publication has been carefully proofread and edited, and arrange in a way providing maximum accuracy and ease of reference. Another must-have one for literally every navigator.

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BIMCO Ice Handbook

   We all know that the ice is deservedly considered a potentially serious obstacle to any vessel, and even to an ice-breaker, and really experienced ice navigators develop a healthy respect to the whole strength and power of ice presented in any form. The present handbook was prepared by the BIMCO specialists and officially released by this organization with the ultimate aim to make readers a bit more conscious of the benefits and actual necessity of preparations to be done before they can commit themselves to undertaking a voyage that may bring their vessel into the waters covered by ice. Note that this manual is not an attempt to cover all important areas of navigation in the iced waters, but it still aims to provide mariners with the elementary general guidance on all intricacies commonly involved in trading in such conditions. The publication is mainly expected to be used by navigators as a sort of quick reference tool and that is the reason why it shall be readily available to all people directly engaged in chartering well before they direct the ship into waters where ice might be present at the time of the intended passage. The volume starts with the Captain's Checklist followed by the information covering different regions. In short, the volume contains lots of specific and very valuable information that will be of great use for all people navigating through icy waters.

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Radio Aids to Marine Navigation 2015 - Pacific and Arctic

   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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World Port Index (2016)

   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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IALA NAVGUIDE - Aids to Navigation Manual - Edition 2014

   The present NavGuide has served as the source of relevant information and signature document for all members of the IALA organization as well as other users. This edition of the guide is continuing on with this tradition; the content of the paper has been seriously updated with the very latest developments and information in the field. It is a product of nearly four-year collaboration by the world recognized and leading experts. The document plays a critically important role within the IALA info suite and is considered a primary source of information and data for all Aids to Navigation practitioners everywhere in the world to be used together with the other standards and recommendations, manuals and guidelines released by IALA. It has already been translated into several working languages and the IALA organization is encouraging this practice and is ready to co-operated with country members to help in facilitating this process. The content of document is arranged in several chapters and the first one is providing readers with the introduction to IALA-AISM system. Remaining chapters of the document are dealing with the technical concept and accuracy of the navigation, electronic navigation, aids to navigation, VTS, other services and facilities, power supplies and, finally, provision, design and management matters.

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Radio Aids to Marine Navigation 2015 - Atlantic, St. Lawrence, Great Lakes, Lake Winnipeg and Arctic

   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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Nautical Chart Manual

   Take a time and have a look in this set of regulatory documents consisting of three separate papers. The first volume titled "Policies and Procedures" is mainly addressing the general practices plus the procedures, topography and hydrography, navigational aids, landmarks, and some other charting information. The second volume provides definitions, symbology, list of charting abbreviations, cartographic orders and memoranda, and miscellaneous references. The last, third, volume has been fully dedicated to the digital technical specifications. The present manual itself may be treated as a comprehensive pack of documents covering the recognized cartographic standards and procedures. It may also serve to inform the users of the various nautical charts and other involved parties of the established effective practices plus policies commonly in use when producing the nautical charts released by the OCS, standing for the Office of Coast Survey. Generally speaking, this manual is mainly aimed for the internal use of OCS; note, however, that provision is there for some quite limited exchange of this volume within the nautical charting community. The complete list of specific acronyms are used throughout all three papers of the present set of docs has also been provided for easy and ready reference, and the first of the books starts with a very interesting historical overview.

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Ice Navigation in Canadian Waters

   This paper has been published by the CCG, standing for the Canadian Coast Guard, in co-operation with several Canadian authorities. The intention of the authors of the document was to provide necessary assistance to the vessels operating in all Canadian waters when iced, including Arctic waters. The paper is expected to provide ship Masters and watchkeeping crew of all vessels passing Canadian iced waters with the required understanding of the applicable regulations as well as potential hazards, techniques of safe navigation and shipping support services. The document is arranged in five chapters. The first one is dedicated to the icebreaking and SSS, i.e. shipping support services pertaining to operational consideration, for example reporting requirements and communications. It is followed by the chapter covers the guidelines and requirements, while the third chapter addresses the matters of ice climatology as well as environmental conditions. Finally, the last two chapters of the publication address the navigation itself, including the information included to assist inexperienced personnel and get them familiarized with the passage planning and associated navigation procedures, as well as ship performance in in iced conditions, plus basic information relating to the design and construction of the vessels for ice operations covering hull construction, engineering and auxiliary systems.

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Queensland Coastal Passage Plan

   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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Admiralty Distance Tables - Atlantic Ocean NP350(1)

   Admiralty Distance Tables - Nautical Publication 350(1) - Atlantic Ocean

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Symbols, Abbreviations, Terms and S-57 Objects Used on Singaporean Nautical and Electronic Navigation Charts

   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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Symbols and Abbreviations used on Admiralty Paper Charts

   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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Rhumb Lines and Map Wars

   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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Map Projections - A References Manual

   The Manual is discussing both theory and different practical problems of map projections together with their development and application to the map design. The authors have made a brilliant attempt to provide readers with the results of years of professional research and experience of many specialists in this fields in a brief and systematical manner. Subject experience relates to any individual working on preparation of the maps; in fact, this is a very first international textbook on the subject using the experience of American and Russian specialists. The volume may serve as a remarkably precise handbook or practical manual to be used by engineers, scientists and cartographers o solve the practical problems using the methods of mathematical cartography and space imagery. It may also be used for training purposes in the colleges or even for the self-study. The effective solution of the problems relating to the science and commerce is based on a broad use of the maps prepared in various scales, having various contents and released for various purposes. The publication provides information on the general theory, projections with straight parallels and with parallels in concentric/non-concentric circles, relevant researches, established numerical methods, identification and choice of the projections and many other useful and practical information.

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Distances Between United States Ports

   This document contains the distances between the ports located in the United States, it also provides users with the distances between ports in the Great Lakes as well as Canadian ports and ports in St. Lawrence river. Subject distances have been measured along navigable track lines. The geographical coordinated of arrival and departure have been stated for centrally located piers inside ports. Note that all distances between ports are in nm, i.e. nautical miles, except the distances in the tables addressing Mississippi River System as well as Great Lakes plus other inland waters - subject distances are given in statute miles. In case two or more navigation routes converge, they have been shown in capital letters. The publication is usually prepared and released by NOS, standing for the National Ocean Service, in collaboration with the NOAA, i.e. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Office of Coast Survey. The title of the publication is pretty clear and does not require any further explanation - it is intended to provide users with the distances they will use for navigation when planning their voyages. The book starts with a part providing general information and followed by the main content with the tables giving the distances. Some of the supplementary tables are also provided, e.g. for the estimation of transit time, determination of the wind speed etc.

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Norie's Nautical Tables

   A world famous set of mathematical tables which was initially published more than a century ago and has been  a real bestseller ever since the time of first release. In fact, these tables still remain a fundamental requirement for any person learning the astro-navigation and practicing it, despite all developments if the field of electronic navigation. Captain Blance, who is the author of the title, has spent a lot of time working on modernization of the tables for the present edition. Some completely new tables have been added while obsolete tables have been deleted in order to fully conform with constantly changing navigation techniques and aiming to improve the accuracy of the calculated position of the vessel plus to reduce the tedium of the these calculations. The volume includes all tables necessary for both deep sea and coastal navigation. The author has applied a simple uniform interpolation method for all tables with trigonometric data. Note that the volume also includes several tables that are commonly not readily available on the navigation bridge of vessels or ones usually used only in the exam rooms. The author has also completely restructured and significantly updated the section of the book dedicated to the sea ports. All of the ports have been listed geographically in the special order. The index of all addressed sea ports in there at the back of the section.

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Admiralty Guide to ENC Symbols used in ECDIS

   This encoding guide was released with the intention to provide users of the electronic charts with the detailed guidance on what exactly is necessary to produces a good uniform and consistent IENC. For all of the classes and attributes together with their values used with an IENC, this guide will provide a basis for its establishment, and also provide description of its relationship to the real life entity. The book will also provide required criteria for the proper use of inland ENC and give the specific examples of encoding supplemented with the graphic data. The guide covers all minimum objects to be contained in IENC, such as the waterway bank, channel boundaries, isolated dangers, officially released aids to navigation, contours of the existing dams and locks, waterway axis etc. In addition to all above requirements, the present guide covers recommended objects, plus attributes and values considered suitable for any IENC worldwide. Each country or geographical region defines which of them will be necessary to meet local requirements. Note that this is a living document; it means that its content is subject to modifications done in order to accommodate the development of the future IENC. Two fundamental procedures have been established to making the amendments to this title, the one addresses the proposals for new and copied object classes/attributes/attribute values while the second one covers other changes.

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Admiralty Guide to the Practical Use of ENCs

   The main purpose of the present publication was to assist all navigators to acquire and further maintain a higher level of knowledge relating to the content and use of the electronic navigation charts in ECDIS. The content of the volume is expected to supplement and reinforce the elements of the ECDIS training addressing the use of navigation chart data together with the interpretation. Note that the book is not intended to replace any of the requirements for the professional training outlined in the IMO Model Course of the Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention. The whole process of navigating using the ECDIS fundamentally differs from the regular navigation by means of the paper charts. The ECDIS present the mariners with highly flexible displays offering a serious increase in the safety and situational awareness. Such equipment should actually allow for more time for the watchkeepers to properly maintain visual watch. Note, however, that in case the navigators do not have a full understanding of the ECDIS display and settings, they can easily misinterpret the chart displays and this can result in the safety of the ship compromised. This publication shall also be included in the list of the documents that are to be on the shelf of any mariner and on the navigation bridge of any vessel equipped with the ECDIS, for training and reference purposes.

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3-D Nautical Charts and Safe Navigation

   Though there are so many electronic devices used on the bridges of modern vessels for safer and easier navigation, their navigators keep losing the orientation. Among the reasons for that we would note the excessive workloads caused by too many items to be read and compiled, as well as the associated navigational information displayed in a demanding way, plus short time available to make the decision because of the high speeds, as well as the long hours of work and fatigue because of the minimum ship manning. This title is intended to address the problems of navigation map information that is displayed not in the optimal way. It presents three newly introduced concepts, namely no go shipping areas, bridge perspective and dual-lane seaway network. Reading of the subject maps could be quite difficult because of the mental rotation problem which can actually be eliminated using the charts by allowing the 3D charts to be viewed from the egocentric perspective. The associated calculations for the purpose of checking if there is enough water under the keel of the vessel can be handled by chart system and also displayed as no go and free water areas. The above stated concepts have been tested in a lab as well as in prototyping project and in numerous interviews and the results obtained were promising...

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Atlantic Islands

   The content of the present work is based on the results obtained during the surveys carried out more than decade. All required corrections have been made from land-based and sea visits to the harbors and ports described in the book and using the valuable contributions by yachtsmen visiting those ports and harbors and also from the officially released notices. Note that the publication contains selected information and data and cannot therefore be considered definitive. It does not cover all selected info and shall not be relied for navigational purposes on alone. The book should rather be used together with other relevant hydrographic information. The author and publishers of this title hope that the information and data contained hereby will serve as the useful practical aid to all navigators. Note, however, that the safety of the ship depends on the judgment of the Master who shall make all efforts to properly assess all available published and unpublished information. The plans included in this book shall not be used for ship navigation since they have been designed to support the text and it means they are to be used with the charts only. However, the author tried to locate the anchorage and harbor plans adjacent to the corresponding text.

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BA Tidal Stream Atlas NP222 - Firth of Clyde and Approaches

   Admiralty Tidal Stream Atlas - Nautical Publication 222 - Firth of Clyde and Approaches

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BA Tidal Stream Atlas NP233 - Dover Strait

   Admiralty Tidal Stream Atlas - Nautical Publication 233 - Dover Strait

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