29.07.2017
FUGRO GNSS TRAINING — OSD 412 COMPLETE SET

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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28.07.2017
GLOBAL NAVIGATION SATELLITE SYSTEMS, INERTIAL NAVIGATION AND INTEGRATION

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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24.07.2017
GMDSS HANDBOOK V2.0

The original intention of this Handbook is to provide the mariners and radio specialists with a single comprehensive book explaining all fundamental technical principles of the GMDSS, together with the applicable radio communication requirements and also the recommendations for the implementation of the subject systems, recognized standards of the operational performance of GMDSS, technical specifications that should be met by the equipment, methods of and also the procedures for operating the various radio services forming the GMDSS system.

The main content of the volume is divided into eight major parts, starting with the introductory one, which is then followed by the description of the basic technical concepts of the GMDSS and communication systems. The following chapters are dedicated to the operational procedures and Master Plan, operation/communication network of the shore-based SAR, i.e. "search-and-rescue", plus the maintenance of all associated radio equipment.

The annexes will provide some additional information, e.g. the SOLAS amendments, MSI, circulars, system data, relevant articles and appendices, IMO Resolutions, and other technical and regulatory information that will be useful for the shipboard radio personnel and other specialists.

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20.07.2017
GMDSS MARITIME RADIO OPERATOR

The content of this useful reference publication has been compiled by Thomas Gantioler intending to provide navigators with resource containing the information covering literally all important aspects of the radio equipment used on board ships of today. The volume is mainly expected to be of good assistance to marine radio specialists plus to the ship crew members involved in one way of another in operating any radio equipment installed onboard their ships.

It consists of four chapters supplemented with the Appendix with the first one is solely dedicated to the Short Range Certificates (SRC) and includes five parts - GMDSS overview, VHF Maritime Mobile Radio, EPIRB, SART and NAVTEX. The other three parts are dealing with the ROC, standing for the "Restricted Operator Certificate", GOC, i.e. "General Operator Certificate", and, finally, LRC, standing for the "Long Range Certificate".

Several appendices will provide navigators with some additional supplementary information on the OPT, i.e. Operation Performance Testing of the radio equipment, mock questions about radio regulations and SOLAS, translations of the radio messages. glossary of the terminology and abbreviations, identifications, list of maritime radio equipment etc.

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19.07.2017
INMARSAT — THE SAFETYNET USERS HANDBOOK

The fifth edition of the Handbook intended for the navigators, to explain them the principle of operation of the International SafetyNet service being one of the elements of the IMO GMDSS. The IV/12.2 regulation of SOLAS declares it mandatory for the seagoing ships to maintain the radio watch to broadcast the MSI, i.e. maritime safety information.

The SafetyNet is used to broadcast and automatically receive the MSI via the EGC system and the receiving capability of the system forms a part of the equipment that the vessels are obliged to carry. The content of this handbook is mainly dealing with the MSI distribution through the satellite by means of the SafetyNet service.

The book starts with the description of the MSI, EGC services, and types of the MSI that can be received, availability of the system in different areas of the world, repeat broadcasts, types of the EGC receivers, reducing the number of alarms, types of the message that must and may be received, missed messages, setting up the EGC receivers, good operating practice, updating the terminal position in manual and automatic modes, and other information. Two appendices contain the contact addresses and the EGC-related revised IMO standards, followed by the numerous figures.

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19.07.2017
CONNECTIVITY AT SEA — A GUIDE TO ADVANCES IN MARITIME VSAT

All seafarers are well aware of the importance of quick and appropriate responses to the changing conditions experienced at sea. The maritime operators realize how important it is to adopt subject changes to keep their enterprises competitive. Nowadays, the biggest and most significant change that the maritime industry faces is technology.

In the past it was enough just to have the communication system installed on board the vessel for the occasional calls or electronic mailing plus to use it in the cases of emergency, today having a 24*7 broadband connectivity is considered a real business necessity  in order to operate the ships in the efficient and effective manner. Affordable connectivity that links the vessel at sea to the shore is providing the required ability to the leverage of the efficiency of the workforce networked globally.

The huge amount of the information that comes to the mariners today, and particularly to the senior ship officers, is overwhelming. Sometimes the people working on the vessel think that it is not actually required to be fully aware of all that information, however it shall be imperative to know where the subject information can be found in case of necessity. Obviously, the optimal and best way to access this information and process it will be through the fast and reliable connectivity...

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18.07.2017
AUTOMATIC IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM — FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A very compact yet very informative and useful publication providing, as it should be quite clear from its title, the answers to the most commonly asked questions with relation to the AIS, standing for the auto-identification systems installed on board sea-going (and not only, in fact) ships.

Among the topics covered within this volume there are what exactly the AIS system is and difference between the A and B classes of equipment, installation matters, i.e. what the ship masters shall be aware of and how they will know if their AIS units work properly, calibration issues and setting-up of the equipment, required training on the usage of the system, operational matters, including comparison f the AIS to marine radar, treating AIS as a supplement to the information obtained from the radar, limitations imposed, checking the accuracy of the information, sending the letters, information display, connection of the GNSS and gyro-compasses to the AIS, contribution of the AIS information to the collision prevention, storage of the information, integration matters and prevention of the potential inappropriate use, applicable regulatory requirements, fitting of the AIS equipment, operation and messaging, length of the messages, integrity and security of the data obtained from AIS, other uses of the system, list of references.

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16.07.2017
ELECTRONIC NAVIGATION SYSTEMS

The content of the new release of the book has been rewritten in a very extensive way in order to provide mariners with a finely detailed practical manual that would cover the operating principles and real life applications of contemporary electronic systems used for the navigation.

We have all witnessed the technological advances in the field of marine navigation technology with the spearheading of these advances being the implementation of the computers - they are now quite commonly found on board nearly every marine ship. The ship officers of the new generation have been already trained to use them, understand their working principles and, the most important, understand how the computers could assist in safe ship navigation. However, thinking that the technology is perfect, is a big mistake.

Yes, most of the systems used on board ships are nearly as perfect as they have been designed to be, but you shall never ignore the possibility of the human error, as the human link is critically important one in the chain of action-reaction. And, of course, it is the Master of the ship who is carrying the ultimate responsibility. The readers of this volume will find many newly introduced electronic systems covered, together with new navigation techniques. The content supports the STCW training requirements.

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