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ICS Bridge Procedures Guide

This updated, 4th edition, publication reflects best navigational practice on merchant ships operating today in all sectors and trades. It includes guidance on the requirements of Chapter VIII (Watchkeeping) of the IMO STCW Convention, the latest changes to Radio Regulations and the use of AIS and modern navigation and charting systems.

It also includes bridge and emergency checklists for use by ships’ masters and navigating officers. The new edition is also accompanied by a CD version of the text with a search function. [more]

Mooring Equipment Guidelines; MEG3

The shipping industry has always been concerned with safe mooring practices. A fundamental aspect of this concern entails the development of mooring systems which are adequate for the intended service, with maximum integration of standards across the range of ship types and sizes.
Although numerous standards, guidelines and recommendations concerning mooring practices, mooring fittings and mooring equipment exist, where guidance is given or it is often incomplete. For example, the number of hawsers and their breaking strength may be recommended without any advice on mooring winch pulling force ... [more]

The pocket book of anchoring

This book provides a practical informative guide to modern equipment, seamanship practices and the associated problems.

Traditional anchoring equipment and practices were designed for ships considerably smaller than those of modern tonnage. Although modern ships are considerably larger, the weights and sizes of the ground equipment have not been scaled to match, yet we seem to expect the same performance. [more]

Effective mooring 3d edition

Looking at equipment, operating practices and procedures that lead to effective and safe mooring.

Provides practical guidance on the basic principles of mooring. Throughout the book emphasis is placed on safety, using a detailed understanding of the operational requirements to create a greater awareness of the dangers and hazards. Subjects covered include basic mooring theory, mooring winches, wires and ropes, mooring at buoys and anchoring. Minimum equipment levels and good operating practices are recommended throughout. [more]

Bridge Watchkeeping

A practical selfstudy guide used by different companies throughout the industry for training bridge watchkeepers to help in understanding the reasons for checking, monitoring, recording and controlling.

This book examines: preparing for sea; watchkeeping in pilotage waters; watchkeeping in coastal waters; making a landfall; anchoring and anchor watches; watchkeeping in reduced visibility; taking over the watch; calling the master and responding to emergencies. [more]

The Work of the Harbourmaster

The book will give anybody a sound understanding of the work of a Harbourmaster.
The Nautical Institute and the International Harbour Masters’ Association, have worked together to write a third edition of The Work of the Harbour Master. This is an essential book for those already in post as Harbour Master or planning a career move.

It will be valuable as a bridge book for those planning a career change to work as a Harbour Master, whether they have served at sea or not. It is a practical manual, written in mariners’ language by mariners and other experts in their field. Together with all ... [more]

The Mariners Guide to Marine Communications

Aimed at watchkeeping officers and those aspiring to their GMDSS certificates, this practical and concise guide takes the reader through a typical voyage and all the communication routines which will be required, both for safety and commercial reasons. Crew calls are covered and examples of costings are given. Regulations, satellite and land-based radio systems, distress, emergency and safety communications inspections and maintenance are covered. [more]

Tug use in port

The Nautical Institutes standard work on harbour towage. Tug operators in many countries were contacted to ensure wide ranging text.
It covers: design factors, tug types, towing methods and the capabilities and limitations of each tug type before looking at bollard pull requirements, interaction and safety. [more]
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