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.
Navigation devices used on ships
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?”
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.
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.
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.
The nautical compass plays a very vital role in maritime navigation. However, at times it becomes necessary and relevant to safeguard the compass from weather conditions. The navigation instrument that helps serve this purpose is the binnacle.
Tide clock is an important ship navigation tool which is utilized to calculate the stipulated time difference between the occurrences of wave surges.
Efficient marine fender saves ships from external damages that would otherwise occur to the ship’s hull plates or to the berth or jetty during berthing. Find out how berthing is done using marine fenders.
A ship’s pilot uses a variety of navigation systems and electronic tools to enhance the nautical navigation and to make it extremely safe and accurate. Find out what maritime navigation is all about in today’s time.
Handheld portable marine GPS devices are used by sailors around the world. In this article, we have mentioned top five best selling portable GPS navigators in the market today.
Ship security and safety at the sea is ensured by various maritime systems working together. Mentioned herein are eight such systems that not only help in providing safety to the ships but also provide various important data for overall smooth running of the industry.
In the past, aboard the old sailing vessels, prisms were used to re-direct the sunlight to those areas in the vessel where sunlight never penetrated, generally below deck areas. Know more about deck prisms inside the article.
An Integrated Bridge System (IBS) is a combination of systems, which are interconnected to allow a centralized monitoring of various navigational tools. IBS allows acquiring and control of sensor information of a number of operations such as passage execution, communication, machinery control, and safety and security.
A modern ship is provided with several navigational equipment and resources to ensure a smooth and save voyage. We bring you 30 different types of navigational equipment and resources that are used onboard ships
Maersk’s maritime software “eco voyage” is an innovative tool, which if used efficiently can help in reducing several problems of the shipping world. Find how you can help reduce your ship’s fuel cost using “Eco Voyage”.
A Gyro compass is a form of gyroscope, used widely on ships employing an electrically powered, fast-spinning gyroscope wheel and frictional forces among other factors utilizing the basic physical laws, influences of gravity and the Earth’s rotation to find the true north.
Marine radars are short range radars used for locating other ships and land in the area.Ship radar are used as Tracking ship devices as per COLREGS.
While driving on a road, a driver is required to have headlights on the vehicle. Similarly even boats and ships are required to have lights. Such lights, known as marine navigation lighting, form a very important part of the marine navigation systems.
A fishfinder is a device used by boatmen to locate fish in the water. Fishfinders work on the technology of the SONAR (Sound Navigation and Ranging) system. A fishfinder is a very important device in today’s fishing process and also for those looking forward to fishing as a leisure activity. A fishfinder displays the location […]
A compass is a device that helps to correctly pinpoint the geographical direction while on a sea going vessel. A fluxgate compass is a very important and unique tool in marine navigation as it does not operate automatically like other magnetic compasses. Technically a fluxgate compass is an electromagnetic compass which solves the purpose of a conventional compass.
The Engine order telegraph (EOT) is used as a communicating device to transfer orders of change in speed or direction from the bridge to the engine control room
A wind indicator is used on ships and boats to point the direction of the wind. It is also known as a windex. Wind indicators use the technology of weather vanes to point the correct direction of wind in the oceans.