Deck log book is one of the most important documents of the ship that is to be filled religiously without any errors. The navigating deck officer responsible for the deck log book should fill all the details that are necessary for the ship to sail safely at the sea.
Handling a ship in congested or high traffic areas is not an easy task. Congested waters are high density traffic areas where a vessel is likely to collide with another vessel if ship navigation is not carried out in the right manner.
Several types of automation systems are used on the bridge of the ship for navigational purpose. BNWAS is a type of important automation device used on board ships to prevent any type of unfavourable condition. Find out more inside.
Zone of confidence or ZOC diagram helps ship’s OOW to determine if the data obtained and applied towards navigation can be relied upon without any doubt. Read more about ZOC inside the article.
The Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER) is a unique technological system developed by the USCG and which is specifically developed with an intention to ensure vessels’ safety and in cases of emergency, ascertain that help is reached out to the stranded or floundering vessel.
Nautical Almanac is a type of navigation aid, which describes the position of celestial bodies to assist navigators at sea to determine their ship’s position using celestial navigation.
A sextant is a marine navigation instrument which is used to measure the angle between two objects. Sextant is still used on many ships around the world.
The world of AIS (or Automatic Identification System) can often be a confusing one to delve into, with many questions arising such as “what is AIS?”, “why do I need it?”, and “what type of AIS does my ship actually need?”
Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) is used on ships to send & receive distress signal and maritime safety information via a satellite or radio communication equipment.
Daily, weekly and monthly tests of all GMDSS equipment should be done by every responsible navigating officer on board ship without any compromise. Let’s take a look at important GMDSS tests carried out on ships.