04.08.2017
RADAR AND ARPA MANUAL

Here is one of the most up-to-date books available today - the standard radar and ARPA manual for professional mariners and yachtsmen - it provides the full coverage of subject systems as well as electronic bridge systems. The publication fully meets both educational and professional marine needs as it addresses both amateur and professional certificate requirements.

It definitely has had much more influences on the specifications and also on the operational practice of the radars than any other title since it provides all necessary info for the mariners. Complete radar/ARPA installation is covered within this manual so it may serve as a very comprehensive reference source covering the techniques and equipment for radar observers.

The content of the volume will provide essential technical information for the navigators during the specific training courses for the electronic systems of marine navigation. ARPA and radar are considered standard shipboard systems to be installed on all commercial ships and they are also quite widely used even in the leisure marine sector. The present release of the publication has been fully revised in order to cover the complete installation making the book maybe the vest available reference on the techniques and equipment for the radar observers using both older and newer systems...

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03.08.2017
RADAR NAVIGATION COURSE AT OPERATIONAL AND MANAGERIAL LEVEL

The present official training course will provide the required knowledge of the fundamental theory and practical use of the radars for students and deck officers who are in charge of the operational watch. The content of the book is mainly based on the related guidance on training on radar observation/plotting as well as on the operational use of ARPA contained in the section 0-1/12 of the STCW Convention.

The ultimate intention of the compilers of the course was to meet the prescribed minimum training standards outlined in Table A-III of the subject Convention. Among the aspects covered within the course there are the theory required to gain the proper understanding of how exactly the radar data is obtained and displayed, know the limitations and accuracy of the data, understand how the unwanted responses are formed and recognized, and also get some instructions on the correct usage of the controls in order to obtain an optimal display.

The publication also covers the technical descriptions of the different display modes that are available, and also the choice of the suitable display mode for a specific application. Moreover, it is also covering the recognition of the critical targets, bearing and distance measurement and how to use them to fix the position of the vessel and maintain a plot of the movement of other vessel to help avoid the collision...

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03.08.2017
NEW SHIPBOARD TECHNOLOGY AND TRAINING PROVISIONS FOR SEAFARERS

Makers' updates and company circulars provide another source of information for seafarers concerning shipboard equipment and new technology. In this research eight percent of seafarers were not aware, at all. of any company circulars or makers' updates being circulated to sea-staff in their current/most recent company. In relation to the responses to tins question, seafarer nationality played a particularly significant role.

Having encountered a problem with the operation of a piece of equipment the overwhelming majority of respondents would consult a manual. Additionally, around a half of all respondents would consult colleagues. Department, ship type, seafarer age and nationality, were all found to influence the responses offered to tins question. In relation to the main engine maneuvering system engineers were very confident about their knowledge and understanding with 83% self-rating their knowledge of this equipment as 'excellent'. Engineers were less confident about their knowledge of oily water separators however with only 40% claiming 'excellent' knowledge of tins equipment. Overall engineers were least confident about high voltage equipment and 37% of engineers self-rated their knowledge of this equipment as 'basic' or even 'zero'. Navigation officers were markedly more confident about their understanding of AIS and GPS than they were about their understanding of ARPA, GMDSS, and ECDIS. ECDIS was the equipment which officers were least confident about overall, with 9% self-rating their understanding of ECDIS as 'zero1 and a further 21% suggesting it was basic.

Respondents were more confident about ARPA than they were about GMDSS with four percent self-rating their knowledge of ARPA as basic compared with 13% self-rating their knowledge of GMDSS as 'basic'. Although only a quarter of seafarers had an input into the identification of their training needs, almost half of respondents were expected to pay towards their training. Nationality, ship type, department, and age, all impacted upon the responses of seafarers to this question. In relation to compensation for lost leave almost half our respondents stated that it was not usual for them to be compensated for leave time lost as a result of required training in relation to new shipboard technology...

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30.07.2017
MARINE NAVIGATION AND SAFETY OF SEA TRANSPORTATION — INTERNATIONAL RECENT ISSUES ABOUT ECDIS, E—NAVIGATION AND SAFETY AT SEA

This nice volume by Adam Weintrit, is aimed to provide a good comprehensive overview of all recent international developments covering the EC, i.e. electronic charts, electronic navigation techniques plus safety at sea - it is addressed in the first turn, to the maritime specialists and scientists directly involved in the scientific research/development activities in navigation and safe marine transportation.

Among the topics covered within this title we would note the concept of electronic marine navigation and ECDIS, including developing the requirements that would be governing the management of communications within the frames of the electronic navigation concept, advance maritime technologies, future trends and assessing the navigation safety, brief technical overview of the newly introduced electronic chart products, visualization, presentation of the relevant navigational info, systems of data transmission/communication, marine CNS, security modeling technique and development of the 3D systems of cartographic visualization, safety at sea, safety controls and also emergency supply systems, and other interesting topics. Have a look inside to be updated with all recent happenings.

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29.07.2017
HANDBOOK OF MAGNETIC COMPASS ADJUSTMENT

This technical document has been specifically prepared with the main aim of the author to provide all readers with the pertinent info related to the established practical procedures of adjusting the magnetic compasses in a single volume. The author of the book has addressed the fundamental theoretical principles of the deviation of magnetic compasses together with their correction, not going too deep into the specific details of particular magnetic compass equipment.

The text of this volume is presented as a systematic treatise covering all aspects of magnetic compass adjustments; the personnel of the vessel having little to no experience with correcting the magnetic compasses, will appreciate the info contained in the book that will help them eliminate the errors satisfactorily and it will not be required to perform any intensive and thorough study of the whole text.

The chapters of the handbook provide the established procedures for the adjustment of the magnetic compasses, theoretical basics of the magnetism, practical adjustment procedures, heading of the vessel and azimuths, corrector effects and typical deviation curve, using of the different instruments for correction, records and reports of magnetic compasses, intro to the degaussing etc. Definitely must-read volume for any crew member dealing with magnetic compasses in any way.

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29.07.2017
GMDSS STUDENTS HANDBOOK

The process of GMDSS development has been originally initiated by IMO some ten plus years back. The reasons for developing subject system included the existing inadequacy of the distress and safety systems, and utilization of the relatively outdated systems. The main objective of this book was to provide the shipping industry with the clear theoretical description of the fundamental features of the MMS and MMSS and also to made the content complying with the requirements contained in the exam syllabus for GOC, providing detailed technical overview of the professional skills to be attained by the students passing the GMDSS/GOC course.

The publication is providing a good introduction to the individual system utilized on board ships equipped as per the GMDSS requirements. It is also seeking to point out the critical importance of proper understanding of the possibilities and also limitations of the various systems related to the coverage and range. Using this volume in combination with the ITU publications and equipment manuals will definitely enable the readers to deal with the majority of the practical problems arising during the course. The content is intended to all readers having the interest in the field of the marcom, including radio officers and navigators, GMDSS instructors, and others. It can also serve as a good teaching aid in academies and training centers.

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29.07.2017
GLOBAL NAVIGATION SATELLITE SYSTEMS — FROM STELLAR TO SATELLITE NAVIGATION

This is a really excellent and useful publication dedicated to the GNSS and covering the whole period from their invention till today, including the very latest equipment. The content of the book is arranged in two big parts. The first part consisting of four chapters provides the fundamental technical information about these systems and it opens with the chapter relativity laws for the rates variation and GPS positioning errors that are commonly caused by the space weather effects; this one is followed by the chapter addressing the receiver biases in GP satellite ranging and standalone sat-based global positioning.

The last chapter of this pat of the book is covering the ambiguity false fixing. The second major part of the volume is dealing with the practical applications of GNSS. Here the author describe the L! global positioning system used as a monitoring tool and intelligent traffic system. Needless to say that the book will be greatly appreciated with all technical personnel somehow involved in operation, maintenance and repair of such systems and will provide them will all info they need to perform their activities. Moreover, it can be used by the students whose specialties are connected with satellite systems.

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29.07.2017
GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEMS, INERTIAL NAVIGATION AND INTEGRATION

This book was prepared by the recognized authorities in the field with the intention to provide all interested readers, including practicing engineers, scientists and just enthusiasts with a good working familiarity with both theory and modern practical applications of the GPS, as well as the INST, standing for the inertial navigational systems, and Kalman filters.

In fact, this book is the only one containing required guidance to Kalman filtering together with its applications to the real-world problems of GPS/INS. Throughout the volume, the focus has been made on solving of the live problems and the effective use of the modern integration techniques, and Kalman filters, in particular. The authors of the volume has explored numerous subtleties and common failures, plus inherent limitations of the theory as applicable to the real-life situations; they have also provided many detailed examples of the application.

The content of the volume is based on the authors' practical experience with the INS, GPS and Kalman filter, enabling them to present different design and also implementation techniques that are not commonly found in the other books. This would include the original techniques for representing the problems in a math model, assessing the computational requirements, testing the validity of the obtained results, analyzing the performance and monitoring it in operation.

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