ECDIS has no doubt been in many ways a blessing for ship officers as it has made their lives easy. Let’s take a look at some areas where it can be further improved from a user’s perspective.
The radar is one of the most used equipment systems onboard ships. It is designed for detecting and tracking targets a considerable distance. Let’s take a look at 15 things that need to be considered while operating radar on ships.
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.
Keeping the Electronic Navigation Charts fully up to date should be a high priority for the ships’s bridge team to ensure safe navigation at sea. Find out how to keep the ECDIS fully up-to-date in the article inside.
What is the importance of virtual aids of navigation for ships and how does it help seafarers in enhancing safety at sea. Find out how they help ship navigating officers in the article inside.
Rogue waves (also called freak waves) can be dangerous to ships at sea. Learn about the various effects of rogue waves on ship’s structure.
Each vessel has been designed with mooring arrangements such that ropes and wires of recommended strength can help in safe mooring operation. Learn about six common mooring methods used for ships.
NAVTEX is a device used on-board the vessels to provide short range Maritime Safety Information in coastal waters automatically. Learn about the working, types of messages and advantages of this important ship navigation device in the article inside.
Learn 10 important points that must be kept in mind by seafarers in order to execute ship’s emergency towing procedure efficiently.
Officers must take extra caution when the ship is transiting narrow passages such as channel. Learn about ten important points that ship’s crew must remember while transiting narrow channels.
“Let Go” and “Walk Back” are two of the most prevalent methods used by ships for anchoring. Learn as to how they are carried out on board inside the article.
Parallel indexing is a vessel navigation technique used as a measure to monitor the progress of a vessel and to keep the vessel at a safe distance from the shoreline or rock. Learn more about parallel indexing inside the article.
Learn about precautions every seafarer must follow while encountering tropical storms or navigating in areas with frequent occurrence.
Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) has brought a drastic transformation in ship navigation. Learn about the pros and cons of paperless navigation on ships.
A merchant vessel is said to be having a “dragging anchor” when the vessel drifts without holding power inspite of being anchored. Learn about the actions to be taken in such situation.