25.06.2018
ROR SITUATIONS — NOTES FOR THE SECOND MATE

The content of the present document was prepared in compliance with the provisions of ColReg. It starts with the explanation of main abbreviations used throughout the text of the document. Then the authors proceed to various situations, and the first situation is two sailing ships which have wing blowing on same side - as we know from the Rule 12 of ColReg, in such case one of the vessels shall keep clearly out of the second vessel's way.

Then we check the situation with same vessels but having the wind blowing on different sides. Should the wind side be unknown, this will be a separate condition to consider. Each of the pages of this document is dealing with one particular situation checking what is required to be done in each case.

This makes it very useful as a supplementary source for the students and trainees willing to improve their knowledge of ColReg rules and get much better and deeper understanding of the safe navigation principles. Taking into account that the authors have managed to cover more than sixty different situation, we are recommending this volume to every single trainee. Have a look and you will definitely appreciate the information and explanations contained in the book.

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20.06.2018
ADMIRALTY MANUAL OF NAVIGATION

One more classic publication first released more than a century ago. The book was prepared and published by the Great Britain Admiralty with the intention to provide readers including future mariners with all information relating to the maritime navigation, and give it all in a single volume that can be used by all students even those having little to no skills and practical seagoing experience.

The content of the manual has been arranged in four major parts. The first part is dealing with the rhumb line and position line, it also covers finding the chronometer error as well as the times of rising/setting of the heavenly bodies. the second part of the book is mainly devoted to the pilotage and details all important matters. The third part addresses the movements of the ocean and the atmosphere - having a good understanding of the subject will play important role in provision of navigation safety.

Finally, the closing part of the manual provides readers with the clear descriptions of the instruments commonly used for maritime navigation; moreover, it also gives easily understandable explanations of how those errors can be allowed for or eliminated. Even after a century time we would still recommend this volume manual for familiarization to any mariner.

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18.06.2018
A SEAMAN'S GUIDE TO BASIC CHARTWORK

The main duty of any navigator once he has ensured that the ship under his command is on correct course, is to satisfy himself that the ship is being navigated with absolute possible and all avoids are avoided. The hazards in question can be human-made or natural, they can be of static or moving type. This requires very professional seamanship which in turn involves the ability of the navigators to be able to perform reliable and consistent assessment of the position of the ship at any given time and also know where she will be after a given interval of time.

The result obtained shall be arrived at high speed and highest accuracy. This publication will provide valuable instruction on the fundamental navigation principles and on the techniques used to put subject principles in practice. It has been designed specifically for teaching mariners the basic chartwork techniques.

Note that it mainly covers the plotting and would better be used as a supplementary training tool or as a part of training course conducted by the instructors having real seagoing experience. It covers such important aspects as the functions of the navigating officer, methods and equipment normally used for fixing the vessel together with their reliability and accuracy, fixing procedure, forecasting of the tidal stream and its assessment, meaning of the various symbols used on charts etc.

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20.05.2018
METEOROLOGY FOR MASTERS AND MATES

We recommend you to have a glance at this classic publication. Originally released one century back, this book was in use by several generations of students. There are so many students experiencing serious difficulties when trying to distinguish the fundamental facts from the illustrative matter provided in the pages of the textbooks, and the present volume is intended to give them some additional and very valuable information.

The material contained in this volume has been presented in the question-and-answer format making it very friendly for the readers. The book is very rare and will be great not only for the students and professionals of navigation but also to any enthusiast willing to add it to his or her collection of classic books.

The main content of the book was developed on the basis of the information which was contained in the Seaman's Handbook on Meteorology and Barometer Manual, the publications used at the time when it was prepared. For so many years this book remains valuable, useful and very much appreciated by the students all around the world and y the masters and mates who already passed all training and examinations but still want to refresh their knowledge.

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19.05.2018
MULTIHULL SEAMANSHIP

This excellent publication is deservedly treated as the textbook for all mutihull sailors of today. Though there are so many books available on the market and detailing principles of general seamanship, this one differs from their all. It is rather addressing the catamarans and trimarans covering the skills that are normally required to get proper understanding of their construction and sailing.

Everyone shall agree that the seamanship cannot be a pure black-and-white sort of skill. It is a continuous evolution of the knowledge involved, a building of relevant information through the practical experience. According to the reviews, this volume is a truly perfect reference source for the sailors. It will definitely provide sailors with huge amount of useful information required to all sailing on a catamaran. The readers have found this publication very valuable and keep recommending it to others.

Any person contemplating multihull sailing shall have a look and go through the content of this volume as necessary. The list of topics covered by the author includes fifty different titles including storm sailing, sheet systems, transfers, anchoring, collisions, apparent wind, cyclones and many other important ones. There is a comprehensive glossary of multihull sailing terminology included for ready reference.

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12.03.2018
NOTES ON HANDLING SHIPS IN ICE

Ice traditionally affects both manouverability and speed of the vessel very seriously and this eventually results in the commercial outcome of the voyages being impacted. This equally applies to all merchant ships regardless of their class, size or type. Some vessels are originally designed and constructed to be operated in heavily iced waters.

Such vessels are commonly capable of operating in ice-covered seas provided they are handled by duly experienced staff. However, the marines should not rely only on the technical capabilities of the vessel and they will have to consider all potential aspects of ship safety and economics when planning a particular voyage.

It should be noted that the deficiencies related to the organization and communication, routing operations and relevant instructions are frequently identified as the causes of the maritime accidents and damage to the ships hull and machinery leading to the loss of human lives, significant negative impact on the environments and commercial losses.

The present monograph was prepared by the expert in shipping and is intended to be used by the navigators handling 1A and 1AS classed vessels. The publication will be greatly appreciated by the bridge crew of the ships engaged in operations in the iced waters who will find useful information and practical instructions.

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11.03.2018
THE MARINER'S HANDBOOK NP100

The eleventh revised edition of the UKHO's traditionally needful and practical compendium of the maritime information required to all mariners. The volume contains general information related to the nautical publications and charts together with the relevant maritime regulations and operational information. The content of the handbook also covers currents and tides plus sea characteristics, fundamentals of meteorology, navigation in iced waters, navigational restrictions and hazards to be taken into consideration.

Thirteen chapters of the publication are covering the theory of charting and surveying, Admiralty publications, paper and electronic charts and diagrams, digital navigation, and flow of information between UKHO and navigators, the sea and meteorology including all important aspects such as warning signals, climate, weather routing of vessels, storms and cloud formations, tidal streams and ocean currents, tsunamis, rollers and sand waves etc.

There is a compact sea ice glossary in the chapter devoted to ice navigation. One chapter has been solely devoted to the international organizations including IMO, IHO, UNCLOS and others. In short the volume provides absolutely all information required for safe navigation and also covers marine pollution prevention, commercial operations, ship safety and security and even military operations.

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21.02.2018
A NEW TREATISE ON THE PRACTICE OF NAVIGATION AT SEA

This is another classic publication on marine navigation. The book was first published in early twentieth century, namely back in 1902, and today it is deservedly treated as a very valuable historical work. The present book is intended to be used exclusively by the sailors and its content was compiled on the basis of the author's experience of sailing and ship navigation.

One of the recognized navigation experts of his times, the author managed to collect all information on the ship navigation, process it and present in a form of the textbook providing readily available instructions and tips. The volume is covering absolutely all areas and this makes it very useful and practical even to the navigators and students of today.

Of course, one shall understand the difference in the techniques and especially navigational equipment and systems available at those times and today, but we do understand that theoretical fundamentals of ship navigation have not significantly changed since then. The text part of the treatise is accompanied with the numerous data diagrams and tables. An absolutely recommended and must-have publication for every professional and future ship navigator.

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