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Books - Navigation

Marine Navigation Books

Ship Stability for Masters and Mates - Understanding ship stability - the ability of a ship to return to an initial state after disturbing forces and moments - is critical for all maritime students and professionals studying for a deck or engineering certificate of competency, or seeking promotion to a higher rank within marine or naval companies or institutions.  ‎


Seamanship Techniques - Ideal for Merchant Navy Officers from Cadet rank to Master Mariner, the fourth edition of this book is in full colour, and has been updated to include more information on topics as diverse as electronic navigation and AIS technology whilst still including essential information on subjects such as safety at sea, rescue operations, watch keeping duties and pollution control. Used by training establishments around the world, this is the only reference to both shipboard practice and ship operations that seafarers will need.


Ship Construction - Ship Construction is the market leading text for the professional shipbuilding and naval architecture sector. Acting as both a reference on the latest developments in construction techniques, safety and shipyard practice for professionals and a comprehensive text for students of naval architecture, the book covers the complete construction process, from ship specification to competed vessel.


Introduction to Naval Architecture - Written by an award-winning naval architecture author and former vice-president of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), the fifth edition of Introduction to Naval Architecture has been fully updated to take in advances in the field and is ideal both for those approaching the subject for the first time and those looking to update or refresh their knowledge on areas outside of their direct expertise. 


General Engineering Knowledge - This new edition has been extensively updated to include the latest equipment, practices and trends in marine engineering, as well as incorporating the 2010 Manila Amendments, particularly relating to Management. Accessibly written and clearly illustrated, this book is the core guide focusing on the knowledge needed for passing the engineering certificate of Competency (CoC) examinations.


Motor Engineering Knowledge - Developed to compliment Volume 8 (General Engineering Knowledge), this indispensable book comprehensively covers the motor engineering syllabus for marine engineering officer cadets.  Starting with the theoretical and practical thermodynamic operating cycles, the book is structured to give a description of the engines and components used to extract energy from fossil fuels and achieve high levels of efficiency.


Ship Construction - This textbook covers ship construction techniques and methods for all classes of Merchant Navy marine deck and engineering Certificates of Competency (CoC) as well as Undergraduate students studying Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. It is complementary to Volume 4 (Naval Architecture) and Volume 8 (General Engineering Knowledge). Importantly, this new edition contains up-to-date information on modern shipyards, dry-docking procedures and methods of construction. 


The Efficient Deck Hand - Revised and brought up-to-date this textbook has been compiled especially for use in the pre-sea training of deck cadets, ratings and as a guide for GP ratings and all seamen, particularly those attempting their EDH and AB examinations. It contains easily assimilated information on elementary ship construction,compasses, steering, anchors, fire fighting, rope work and knots, splicing multi-plat and wire ropes, lifting tackle, MacGregor hatches, hazardous cargoes and routine maintenance.


Reeds Maritime Meteorology - is written primarily for serving and trainee deck officers, those studying for certificates of competency in merchant ships and for fishermen. It provides descriptions of the elements and forces which contribute to maritime meteorology and the principles which govern them.


Celestial Navigation - This book has been used for 30 years, updated periodically as needed. More than 20,000 students have successfully learned ocean navigation from these materials and gone on to cross oceans or circumnavigate the globe. This book covers how to find position at sea from timed sextant sights of the sun, moon, stars, and planets plus other routine and special procedures of safe, efficient offshore navigation. No previous navigation experience is required. The only math involved is arithmetic (adding and subtracting angles and times). This is a practical, how-to-do-it book, which also includes clear explanations of how it works and how to do it well.


Marine Chartwork - A comprehensive and practical study aid and reference. Moore explains and illustrates the many processes that are carried out on the chart.


A seaman's Guide to the Rules of the Road - A must have for anyone taking their OOW or Mates/Masters exams. Perfect for learning rules and regulations.


Symbols and Abbreviations used on Admiralty Charts - is published in a convenient A4 booklet and features details of: • Admiralty and INT (from the international chart series) symbols clearly illustrated in full color • Hydrography - the nature and conditions of the seabed • Topography - natural and man-made features • Navigational aids and services • Abbreviations of principal English and foreign charts • General information on the content of Admiralty Charts


Effective Mooring - now in its third edition, provides practical guidance on the basic principles of mooring. The guide raises awareness of the hazards associated with mooring equipment and mooring operations by providing a better understanding of the subject. It provides recommendations on safety, minimum equipment levels and good operating practices, including a summary of the personal safety items. This guide complements existing technical publications, in particular Mooring Equipment Guidelines.


Collision Avoidance Rules - A Practical Guide to the Rules of the Road: For OOW, Chief Mate and Master Students 


The Seamanship Examiner - The complete study and revision guide for the International Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW).  For all ranks and serving crew in the mercantile marine, this study pack covers everything students need to revise when preparing for the oral assessment taken as part of the Deck Certificate of Competency at either junior or senior levels.


Ship Handling - Suitable as a training manual and a day-to-day reference, Shiphandling is the comprehensive and up to date guide to the theory and practice of ship handling procedures. It covers the requirements of all STCW-level marine qualifications, provides expert guidance on all the hardware that marine professionals will make use of in the control and operation of their vessel and offers a broad focus on many shiphandling scenarios.


Bridge Team Management - 2nd Edition 2004 The purpose of bridge team management is to ensure the safe and timely arrival of ships. Competent navigation is achieved through planning, clarity of purpose and effective organization. The second edition of this major reference work has retained the essential elements of the first edition containing: management principles; passage appraisal; planning; execution; monitoring; teamwork and pilotage. However these sections have been brought up to date with legislation and have been amplified with the feed back from superintendents and sea staff where improvements could be made.


Reeds Marine Distance Tables - are the perfect ready-reckoner for captains, navigators and owners of merchant, cruise ships, and super yachts large and small wanting a quick and accurate distance reference between all the regularly used commercial ports around the world.  The book is divided into key 'market areas', and includes a pull-out map for area identification and easy see-at-a-glance port reference. Traffic Separation Schemes are calculated into the tables whilst the distance to any port not included can easily be determined by making an approximation from the next closest port. Useful tables of major 'turning points' around the world, Transatlantic distances, world time zones, and time and speed conversion tables are also included. 


The Ship Captain's Medical Guide - A guide for laymen to diagnose and treat injuries, ill health and other medical conditions on ships where no doctor is carried. The text is written in simple language.


The Admiralty List of Radio Signals series provides comprehensive information on all aspects of Maritime Radio Communications.


The Mariners Handbook - This book has been around for decades, and is packed with carefully selected timeless knowledge on maritime navigation. It contains info on how to read nautical charts, the use of navigational aids, operational information on regulations, oceanography, meteorology, ice navigation etc.  It is an incredibly useful reference book for navigating officers, or cadets aspiring to become navigating officers. 


ISGOTT - International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (5th Ed) - has 450 pages of tanker information for the carriage of crude and petroleum products, supported by a CD Version with 2 licences (ie Main & Back-Up). ISGOTT is the definitive guide to the safe carriage and handling of crude oil and petroleum products on tankers and at terminals. It is a general industry recommendation that a copy of ISGOTT is kept and used onboard every tanker and in every terminal so that there is a consistent approach to operational at the ship/shore interface.


Bridge Procedures Guide - Established as the principal industry guide, this updated publication reflects best navigational practice on merchant ships operating today in all sectors and trades. The book includes guidance on the requirements of Chapter VIII (Watchkeeping) of the IMO STCW Convention, the latest changes to Radio Regulatuions 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. A copy should be carried on board every ship.


Guide to Helicopter/Ship Operations - This guide by International Chamber of Shipping has been published to encourage safe and efficient helicopter/ship operations. It is intended principally for the use of ships’ masters, deck officers and crew, but also offers advice to helicopter pilots and operators. The objective is to promote standardized procedures and facilities for helicopter/ship operations worldwide.


Dictionary of Nautical Words and Terms - This book has been compiled to embody, in one volume, the words and terms that are, or have been, used by seamen in connection with their work. It deals with navigation, seamanship, rigging, meteorology, astronomy, naval architecture, average, ship economics, hydrography, cargo stowage, marine engineering, ice terminology, buoyage and other nautical matters. The number of entries is nearly 8000; as many of these entries bear more than one definition some - having as many as five - the total number of definitions given approximates 8600.


Dictionary of Shipping Terms - Shipping has many hundreds of terms and phrases whose meaning is not always obvious, even for experienced practitioners. This comprehensive dictionary contains concise definitions of maritime terms and phrases, including those used in liner, tramp and bulk shipping.


The American Practical Navigator - Nathanial Bowditch first published this encyclopedic work in 1802. During the last two centuries over 75 editions, almost 1,000,000 copies, of Bowditch have been published by the US Government. It has lived because it has combined the best technologies of each generation of navigator. This Edition includes the latest advances in electronic navigation and digital charting technology. It also covers nonelectronic navigation such as celestial, plotting and dead reckoning.


Dutton's Nautical Navigation - As paper navigational charts are replaced by vector images on computer screens, magnetic compasses enhanced by digital flux gate technology, and chronometers joined by atomic clocks, the demand has been mounting for an extensive update to the classic reference known worldwide as Dutton's. To meet the varied needs of today's recreational, naval, and commercial navigators the Naval Institute introduces this new edition of a guide that has remained the seafarers' choice for more than three-quarters of a century.


Marine Electronic Navigation - "A major and standard text, now much enlarged and revised with sections on radar, communications, the gyro compass and all navigation systems encountered in merchant ships. Full and expert treatment of all aspects of electronic navigation and communication systems making it one of the leading references on its subjects."--Lloyds List


Formulae for the Mariner - This book is a compilation of all the formulae that a mariner is commonly called upon to use but the exact workings of which he has perhaps forgotten. For each subject category, the author states the basic parameters in narrative form, often including a figure, graph, chart, diagram, or table, and then provides accompanying equations and their amplifications.


A Master's Guide to Berthing - Ship handling is an art rather than a science. However, a ship handler who knows a little of the science will be better at his art. Knowledge of the science will enable easy identification of a ship's maneuvering characteristics and quick evaluation of the skills needed for control. This guide will help any ship handler to improve their skills.


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