Load line is a special marking positioned amidships which depicts the draft of the vessel and the maximum permitted limit in distinct types of waters to which the ship can be loaded. Get a general overview of ship load lines inside the article.
Although seafarers are well familiar with the term ‘TRS’ or Tropical Revolving Storm, there are a few important points they should consider when the ship approaches a TRS. Learn more about it inside the article.
Auto-pilot is surely an undeniable boon in modern navigation. However over-reliance on the equipment and poor comprehension of its efficiency and limitations has resulted in several accidents at sea. Learn about ten important things to consider while using auto-pilot system on ships.
Coastal passage is an extremely busy time for the deck officer on bridge. The traffic density is usually high with an increased concentration of fishing vessels and obstacles. Learn about important points which OOW must consider in coastal and congested waters.
The pilot plays a crucial role in the safe navigation of the vessel to her destination. However, the pilot’s inclusion doesn’t exempt the Officer On Watch (OOW) of his duties. Read about the duties of officer on watch inside the article.
Nautical Chart work is the art of laying a safe course, fixing the position and reassuring that position, while steering the ship on that course. It’s an imperative job which every ship navigation officer should master. Learn about eight important points to consider while doing chart plotting.
Radar Watchkeeping is the process of monitoring the ship’s radar and making use of all its functions to make a full appraisal of any situation and early detection in order to avoid collision of ships. Learn more about radar watchkeeping SOLAS requirements for radars on ships inside the article.
When a ship is navigating through restricted waters it is affected by squat, bank and bank cushion effects which may cause errors in navigation. Learn about the influence of these hydrodynamics effects on ships in this article.
A smooth and safe bridge navigational watch majorly depends on how the taking over of the watch has been carried out. Learn about eight important points which ship’s navigation officers must consider while taking over a watch.
Maritime pilot performs one of the most crucial tasks of navigating the ship through some of the most difficult navigational areas. How does the pilot perform such delicate tasks and what goes through his brain? Find out inside the article.
Mediterranean mooring is a technique for mooring vessels to pier at a perpendicular angle instead of parallel to the jetty because of dearth of enough space. Learn how mediterranean mooring is done inside the article.
Baltic mooring is a combination mooring of a vessel alongside the berth which employs a stern mooring shackled to the offshore anchor cable in the region of the “ganger length”. Learn how baltic mooring is done in this video.
Dredging anchor is a method used during maneuvering of a ship when neither a bow thruster nor a tug is available to check the ship’s bow movement. Learn how dredging anchor is used to control ship’s movement in restricted waters.
Navigating the ship through restricted visibility area is a critical task which must be carried out with utmost caution by the ship’s officer on watch. Learn about ten important points that officer on watch must consider during restricted visibility passage.