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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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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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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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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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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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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This publication provides the content of the official GNSS training developed and released by Fugro. The Starfix Suite had its beginnings about 1997 with its concepts as a highly modular set of Microsoft windows applications all talking together via Message Manager, and synchronized via the Time subsystem. Once the basic backbone and basic modules were in place, it became much faster to bring new applications online, for much of the functionality such as interfacing, displays, logging, time series plotting etc was already written and proven.

Two navigation modules were written due to fundamentally differing requirements. Starfix Nav was written and supported by John Chance as a navigation engine sitting on top of their Gulf of Mexico database - this is what was required for their operations. In Perth Australia, the DOS based PCNav/PCBarge which were in wide use around the Fugro companies was replaced by Starfix Seis - basically a classic line running type application. Adherence to Starfix Suite Compliance - a set of rules etc on how Starfix Suite applications talk to each other - by the software developers also then determined how well all the other applications could be used by either Nav or Seis.

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An excellent title for the industry readers; its content is addressing all of the covered topics in a practical manner  making the publication one of the best available ones for the people dealing with the integrated navigation solutions. With the information compiled and presented by the world recognized and respected authorities, the present release of this popular work will provide the practicing engineers as well as computer scientists and all other categories of interested readers with a required working familiarity of both theoretical basics and modern practical applications of the GNSS, INS and Kalman filters.

The authors have been focusing on the real life problems with the main emphasis being placed on the effective utilization of the contemporary integration techniques for the above listed systems, particularly Kalman filtering. The authors have explored the commonly occurring failures and various subtleties, together with the inherent theoretical limitations applying to the real situations, and also covered many practical problems including GBAS, SBAS, GNN-aided INS, modeling of the accelerometers and gyros etc.

The book contains all updates to the GNSS and other relevant systems being under development, features expanded coverage of the fundamental design principles for antenna and receiver, inertial navigation, math models and so many other topics.

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