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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16.07.2017
INTRODUCTION TO MODERN NAVIGATION SYSTEMS

Today, constantly and rapidly emerging technology of relatively cheap inertial sensors is readily available and accessible for the navigation today. The present book written by Esmat Bekir is laying the analytical basics required for the proper understanding and implementation of the navigation equations. The content of the book opens with the demystification of the central theme of frame rotation through the algorithms including the quaternion, Euler angles and rotation vectors.

The publication then introduces the calculation issues and also discusses the relevant physical aspects tied to the implementation of all above stated equations, The author has also provided the explanations of the alignment techniques. The content of this book is also featuring the information about the essential algorithms used for the polar navigation. It also demonstrates to the readers how exactly performance of the inertial system can be enhanced when they are aided by GPS.

This text book will be appropriate for the students at higher levels in various fields of engineering (particularly electrical) and will also be very useful for the practitioners in the subject field. The author has managed to capture the fundamental information including theory of the systems, relevant equations plus modeling/simulation issues..

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16.07.2017
INMARSAT MARITIME COMMUNICATIONS HANDBOOK

This is the fourth edition of the IMC Handbook, which has been revised to include new Inmarsat systems and operating procedures. The handbook has been prepared with the comilers intention to help Inmarsat users get the understanding of how teh subject system operates and how to get the most from it. The handbook is divided into chapters, which each cover a specific subject.

Chapter 1 introduces Inmarsat together with its satellite network, including a summary of the different systems of Inmarsat satcom. The chapter explains how calls are routed between the MES, i.e. mobile earth station and a subscriber connected to the public telecommunications networks. Since 1 February 1999 the GMDSS has become a mandatory requirement on all cargo ships of 300+ GT and all passenger vessels conducting the international voyages. Chapter 2 explains Inmarsats role within the GMDSS and Chapter 6 describes how the Inmarsat-C system is used for the distribution of MSI. Chapter 8 explains die operation of the Inmarsat EPIRB service. Inmarsat-E.

Chapter 3 describes the commissioning procedures through winch every MES must pass before it is allowed to access the network, whether it is a new installation or a modification. Together with Chapter 3. Chapter 4 explains the accounting, billing plus settlement process for Inmarsat-generated traffic for ship-to-shore/shore-to-ship calls. Chapters 5-10 explain in detail how exactly the different Inmarsat systems operate. They include operating guidelines and guidance on how best to operate an Inmarsat MES...

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