06.01.2018
RADAR NAVIGATION AND MANEUVERING BOARD MANUAL

This is the seventh edition of the Manual prepared and released by the NIMA, standing for the National Imagery and Mapping Agency. The content of the Manual combines some of the sections contained in the previous edition and also several sections of the Maneuvering Board Manual.

The document was compiled by the MSI Center and the NIMA with the intention to be used mainly as an Instruction Manual in navigation schools as well as by both merchant and naval marine people. The authors of the Manual have combined the content of two above mentioned publications in order to provide a practical and useful reference for the mariners sailing on board ships and instructors providing training ashore.

The Manual covers the basic radar principles and their general characteristics, sheds some light on the radar operation giving some fundamental information necessary to understand the rest of the material, provides instructions on collision avoidance and radar navigation, and also addresses ARPA, i.e. auto radar plotting aids.

The last chapter of the volume contains the maneuvering board manual. There are several appendices concluding the book and providing some additional information including extracts from the relevant regulations, compact yet informative glossary of terms, describing the relative motion problems etc.

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08.12.2017
INTEGRATED BRIDGE SYSTEMS — VOLUME 1 — RADAR AND AIS

The present publication is the first volume of the two-book set giving a fully up-to-date perspective and overview of the contemporary navigational techniques and addressing technically sophisticated navigational equipment that is becoming increasingly available to the bridge team including such equipment as the INS, i.e. integrated navigation systems and IBS, which is the integrated bridge systems.

Although the technological advances are nowadays at the increasing rate, maritime training lags behind technology. This, in turn, c eventually lead to the inappropriate, and in some cases even dangerous use of the available equipment; in other cases, this equipment is not utilized to the best level of effectiveness.

The intention of the author of this two-volume series was to help the users get better understanding of the modern navigation where technically complex equipment is used - such understanding will let them use all equipment in a safe and effective manner which will significantly contribute to safe handling and navigation of the ship.

These books should not be treated as textbooks to be used when preparing for the exams - it is rather good to let the professionals and trainees comprehend all benefits and issues of the equipment installed on board their vessels. The second volume of the set is devoted to the ECDIS and Positioning.

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08.12.2017
INTEGRATED BRIDGE SYSTEMS — VOLUME 2 — ECDIS AND POSITIONING

This volume is the second book of the set released by the Nautical Institute and devoted to the modern navigation techniques. While the first book of the series addressed Radar and AIS, this one is dealing with the ECDIS and Positioning. We would obviously recommend all our visitors to go through the content of each of the books in order to get a clear picture and understanding of all navigational equipment and techniques that are in use today.

Though such equipment and satellite positioning systems and electronic charts have been in use for quite a while, not too much information is readily available there for the mariners concerning their prior use on board. This volume will make an attempt o redress this situation. The two technologies addressed in this book go hand to hand. The content of the book has been divided in three sections. 

The first section provides general overview of geodetic and positioning basics so make readers able to understand the subsequent material. The rest of the volume takes readers through the most popular e-positioning systems such as GPS and GLONASS, eLoran, Galileo and others including inertial and differential systems, electronic charts, covering statutory issues that shall be considered as necessary, and provide lots of other useful information, instructions and data that will all be of great use for the practicing navigators willing to be up-to-date with the modern technology.

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02.10.2017
GPS FOR MARINERS

This excellent guide will help all mariners to properly use their GPS equipment when navigating the rivers and lakes, as well as the coastal waters. The first four chapters of the volume have been designed to tell the readers about the fundamentals of GPS, while the in the rest of the content Robert Sweet is going into more details for utilization of the GPS for navigation.

One of the features appreciated by the readers of the book was that the information presented could also be applied by the people absolutely unfamiliar with the system. The book is very easy-to-read, informative but not too technical, providing all required information but remaining reader-friendly. It is a really great instructional book for all people willing to be self-sufficient when navigating their boats. The information will be easy to understand for the regular boat owners; and more professional sailors can use the book as a refresher or when providing the trainings to the beginners as the book contains lots of illustrations with practical and informative tips for the boats.

The navigation methodology used in the publication is sound and the content has been found to be well-organized. The concise and very clear advice related to the installation and initialization of the GS units on the boats, their usage and operation, and interpretation of the information obtained from the unit, will be very useful for every boater, from absolute novices to the professionals.

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11.09.2017
INMARSAT—C MARITIME USERS MANUAL

The pages of the present document are intended to summarize how exactly the mariners can send distress calls in case of a danger. The readers shall get familiarized with the procedures contained in this volume prior to the use. The Manual provides readers with a wealth of relevant information, essential, useful and technical.

The essential information will tell the readers what they shall e aware of in order to be able to operate their Inmarsat-C SES in a proper way; the useful information provides them with some more detail about some of the technical aspects of the system. In turn, the technical information describes for the SES is working within Inmarsat-C.

The book starts with the intro to the Inmarsat-C satcom system, followed by the chapters dedicated to the commissioning of the system and preparation to use, safety and distress service, accessibility of the system and data reporting, technical description and CES information and other relevant and useful information and data. There is a comprehensive yet concise glossary.

The information contained in the volume will definitely be of assistance to the people involved in the operation of the Inmarsat equipment, including shipboard radio operators, students of marine colleges, radio maintenance and service specialists and all other people with the interest in maritime radio communications.

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13.08.2017
TRANSAS NAVIGATIONAL SIMULATORS — SHIP MODELS

Quite self-explaining title. The ship models for the TRANSAS navigational simulators. A perfect collection containing sixty-three ships, including ABB azipod cruiser, bulk carriers of different displacement, car carriers, arctic shuttle tanker, chemical tankers, coast guard boat, coastal tankers, container ships of different displacement, crude oil tanker, fast ferry, feeder container ship, FPSO, flo-flo ship, harbor tug, high speed ferry, IMO 992, LNG carrier, lo-ro ship, lots boat, motor yachts, offshore rescue vessel, oil tanker, offshore supply vessels, oil tanker, passenger car ferries, passenger cruise ship, patrol boat, river-sea ships of different displacement, ro-ro ferries of different displacement, shuttle tankers, semi-submersible, trawler, VLCC, standing for the very large crude carrier, ASD tugs, icebreaking tug, conventional twin-screw tugs, azimuth tractor tugs, z-drive tug etc.

Each of the vessels presented in the volume is provided with the general information including the type, displacement, max speed and dimensions, supplemented with the pilot card and main particulars of the vessel, steering characteristics, main and auxiliary machinery, wheelhouse poster, stopping characteristics, turning circle and all other information considered necessary.

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13.08.2017
TRAINING AND TECHNOLOGY ONBOARD SHIP — HOW SEAFARERS LEARNED TO USE THE AIS

The present report is the first one in a series focusing upon the seafarers training relating to the introduction of the shipboard technologies and universal introduction of the AIS providing an excellent chance to perform the observation of the whole extent to which such training is accompanying the intro to the newly established onboard technologies.

Before the interviews with the seafarers have been conducted related to the training accompanying the AIS introduction, the authors of the preset volume has attempted to duly ascertain the level of the errors commonly identified and concerned with the information that is being transmitted using the AIS and treated this as a sort of the indicator of the seafarers competence.

The whole content of the report has been compiled on the basis of the data collected in the four-year period and it is intended to indicate the level of the errors made when using the AIS. The authors have also considered the extent to which subject system encourages the incorrect use of the VHF radio to avoidance of the collisions plus the implications of the subject factor for the training. The utilization of the VHF radio for negotiating of the collision avoidance between the vessels was considered a serious problem for long time and by numerous agencies dealing with the navigation...

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10.08.2017
TARGET TRACKING DEVICES

Under the new IMO performance standards relating to the shipboard radar equipment, all of them shall now be capable of displaying the AIS information; the term ARPA, in term, is planned to be replaced with the TTD, standing for the target tracking device. Nowadays, a broad range of such devices is available, and the personnel involved in operation of this equipment, shall be provided with the familiarization training at the time of the boarding, and such training shall be equipment-specific.

The present booklet shall accompany this video training film and is mainly intended to be used by the navigation officers to train the cadets and also to be used by all other people on board to get familiarized with the main issues related to the target tracking as applied to the collision avoidance. Maritime radars enable the vessels to pinpoint other ships and to locate the own position of the vessel relative to the landmarks.

The working principle of the radar consists of sending the beam radio wave pulses and amplification, processing and further displaying of the returning echoes - this allows the radio operator to "see" the ships which would normally not be visible due to the mist of fog, or lack of lighting. It shall be noted that the echoes from some targets may not be strong enough and therefore not display while other objects may be obscured...

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