Navigation Equipment


The present thoroughly revised edition of the ECDIS Procedures Guide duly reflects all changes that recently took place in the marine navigation software. The author has addressed the critical menus as well as the alarms that require to be managed through proper identification of their significance. The publication provides a good overview of the observations.

The main objective was to provide industry with the updated and practically useful guidebook to the procedures that would be relevant to the major equipment manufacturers and take into account the latest regulations in the field of electronic marine navigation. As a result, the navigators who have familiarized themselves with the information contained in this guide will be prepared to the use of ECDIS installed on board their vessels.

The document gives info on the recommendations regarding the configuration of the electronic charts systems and its use as the primary navigation means. In order to be considered as being in compliance with the relevant regulations, the vessel should have the type approved system, provide the navigators with the proper and detailed training, be in possession of the sufficiently detailed data for the planned passage, consider any requirements from the Flag administration etc.

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This is one of the latest publications addressing the newly introduced means of electronic ship navigation. Prepared by the recognized experts in marine navigation, the publication will provide the students with the comprehensive, thorough and informative introduction to the global electronic navigation.

The content of this book will present the vision, technical development and main objectives of the technology in order to reach improvement in the safety of international commercial maritime shipping. All of the shipboard equipment in use today have been discussed together with the associated established practices including the ship reporting utilization of the shore-based servicing, VTS, standing for the vessel traffic systems, communications and many other areas.

The idea of the author was to identify the existing information gap and also to show the proper identification of the user’s demands via the gap analysis. He has also explored the architectures of the modern electronic navigation systems together with the popular and effective technical solutions and applicable standard. The users of the subject systems will find the volume useful since it provides the practical insight into the numerous new concepts.

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The publication is devoted to the maritime observation – this is a term that has been chosen with the intention to cover both maritime surveillance and the remote sensing of the surface of the sea. It should be noted that the subject scenarios seriously differ when it comes to the application, despite the fact that they share a common essential basis, i.e. the sea surface, uniquely characterizing the radar echoes and their proper processing.

The radars have been used for the maritime observations from the earliest days of their appearance on the vessels. To understand how exactly the microwave signals generated by the radar, interact with the sea surface, one shall possess some knowledge of the physics.

There have been numerous studies, including both theoretical and practical, to get clear idea of the backscattering phenomena and better use of radars through improvements of the associated algorithms, including detection and estimation, as well as the classification of the information received. With the introduction of the SAR, standing for the synthetic aperture radar, and high spatial resolution devices, the images are now readily available and the users can apply them for the maritime observation.

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And here is the one of the most popular and informative books on the compass error correction. The content of the publication cover all relevant aspects, starting from the very essentials of the magnetism lying in the foundation of the compass working principle. The book opens with the section giving the general introductory information on the magnetic compass errors and how they work, what can cause the error and how the errors are applied and how can they be found.

Then, the author explains the compass correction tables and deviation tables, moving then to the compass adjustment. As you can see, literally everything has been covered, so the reader will get to know everything he or she needs to be able to cope with the compass error. Needless to say that the first thing here is to understand the construction of the compass and its operation.

The book will definitely be so useful to all people with the interest in the celestial navigation and ship handling in general, but will also be appreciated by all people willing to know a bit more about ship navigation. Several appendices to the main content of the book provide additional information. A real must have one, compact and so handy volume.

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The sextant has been traditionally treated as one of the critically important navigational tools. The seamen using it properly could determine the correct position line with no reference to any other tool or system. The accuracy of the instrument is sufficient for the safe marine navigation and has been in wide used by many generations of not only seafarers but also airmen.

Even taking into account the existence of the modern electronic navigation systems featuring the ease of use and high accuracy, the use of sextant is still possible and the good understanding of its construction and working principle will be beneficial for all navigators.

The publication will provide necessary knowledge of the sextant, starting with the theoretical basics and then proceeding to the practical instructions on using it; the readers will also find detailed explanations on proper reading and taking sights, adjusting the instruments, and of course handling and taking care of sextant.

The book was written by the professional and experienced Captain Watts and subsequently thoroughly rewritten and updated by Dag Pike, also a very experienced seaman. In short, this is volume will be enormously useful so do not miss a chance.

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This training course was developed by the Indian Maritime University in order to provide students with the reference materials for preparation to the relevant examinations. The book is arranged in twenty sections each of them addressing one topic. Starting with the introductory section, the reader proceeds to the DSC, standing for the digital selective calling, and distress, urgency and safety communications.

The RT and Inmarsat communications are discussed in the next sections, followed with the information on EPIRBs, GMDSS two-way VHF radio telephones and SARTs, together with the Maritime Safety Information., or MSI for short. The general regulations governing the use of the radio equipment including GMDSS have been dealt with in a separate section. The students will also find all they need to know about the traffic charging, antennas and power supply, as well as the GMDSS frequencies.

Note that the AIS, LRIT and SSAS have also been covered in detail. The questions and answers for the oral exam have been included for reference. The publication is recommended for use to all those people preparing for their exams and willing not only to get the high results but also to have a good understanding of the subject.

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This is one of the best books available today to address the magnetic compasses used on board ships. The volume was originally released back in 2000. The book covers virtually all important aspects of the shipboard use of the subject equipment and will be greatly useful for the students as well as the practicing deck officers. Numerous illustrations supplement the text and will help in getting to the better understanding of the subject when preparing to the examinations.

The material included in the book covers such the important topics as terrestrial magnetism and ship’s own magnetism, essentials of the compass work, coefficients applied, hard iron deviation, heeling error and directive force, vertical force instrument, horizontal vibrating needle, Kelvin deflector and so many others. The book will also be interesting to those who need to understand the basics of the construction and use of the shipboard magnetic compasses.

The correction and adjustment of the compasses have been covered in detail and there is a separate chapter devoted to this. The volume concludes with the performance standards and several theory questions for better tracking of the learning progress. All of the questions have the answers accumulated within the last chapter.

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The professional skills of today’s navigators shall be aligned with the marine technology which is advancing so rapidly. That is why the proper knowledge and understanding of the working principle of the shipboard radar and correct interpretation of the information provided by the radar is considered very important for the safety of the navigation. Its effective use will mean positive contribution to the safety of the vessel as well as the people and cargo on board.

Therefore, one could not over-emphasize the need for the nice and well written book that would suit all requirements of the mariners. In his book, the author is dealing with both theoretical and practical areas of the use of the shipborne radars. Note that all of the problems have been addressed. The author has made taken every effort to underline the importance of the proper radar plotting.

He has also included numerous work sheets that supplement each of the exercises; this will allow students to make quick revision whenever necessary. This fourth edition of the title takes into account all latest technological advances and is fully up to date. The book is highly recommended to all navigators since the radars are deservedly considered the equipment critical to the safety of navigation.

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