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In Command: 200 Things I wish I'd known before I was Captain

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In Command: 200 Things I wish I'd known before I was Captain

Entertainingly Written by Captain Michael Lloyd, and drawing on his own extensive experiences from 50 years at sea (retiring in 2007), this book will amuse, provoke and inform on the subject of Commanding a ship.

This book provides a valuable insight into the challenges faced by the new captain. Scattered throughout with checklists, 'must do' lists and 'whatever you do, don't forget' lists, the book manages to be both useful and highly readable. Michael ensures that anyone who reads this book will not forget the realities faced by those who sail off to the four corners, someone who is largely ignored until something goes wrong but who is constantly managing and worrying about the conditions and safety of those who sail with him.

Faced with unhelpful port authorities, recalcitrant chefs and crews with barely a word of English between them, Michael makes this book less a collection of war stories and more a very real guide to dealing with the difficulties of each new situation.

Command

1 Shipping Companies
1.1 The Company and Your Relationship
1.2 Your Contract
1.3 The Department
1.4 Charterers and Charter-Party

2 Joining the Ship
2.1 Questions for the Leaving Master
2.2 On Your Own

3 Relationships
3.1 The Chief Engineer
3.2 The Chief Officer
3.3 The Catering Department
3.4 The Crew

4 Sailing
4.1 Gangway Notice Board with ETD
4.2 Crew Lists Ready
4.3 Other Forms
4.4 Stowaway Search
4.5 Draught Read
4.6 Pilot Boarding
4.7 Weather Reports
4.8 Tide States
4.9 Testing Navigation Equipment, Steering and Engines
4.10 All Crew Onboard
4.11 One Hour Before Sailing
4.12 Draught and Stability Information
4.13 Squat
4.14 From the Agent
4.15 Sailing
4.16 The Pilot
4.17 Tugs
4.18 Berth Clearance
4.19 Anchor
4.20 Bridge Orders
4.21 Lights
4.22 Leaving the Harbour
4.23 Disembarking the Pilot
4.24 Speed

5 At Sea
5.1 The Fairway
5.2 Securing the Anchors
5.3 Securing Ship
5.4 Full Away
5.5 Standing Orders
5.6 The Night Order Book
5.7 The Watches
5.8 The Lookouts

6 Your Ship
6.1 Items for Attention
6.2 Engine Room
6.3 Weekly Inspection

7 Ship Management
7.1 Defects - Deck Safety
7.2 Safety Training
7.3 Bunkering
7.4 ISM

8 Discipline
8.1 Assault
8.2 Theft
8.3 Drugs
8.4 Disobedience to a Direct Command
8.5 Insolence and Verbal Abuse

9 Safety
9.1 The Paperwork
9.2 The Safety Committee
9.3 Your Equipment
9.4 The Fire Detection System
9.5 Emergencies
9.6 The Stations Bill/Muster List
9.7 Exercises
9.8 Fire
9.9 The Emergency Party
9.10 Radio Medical Assistance

10 Difficult Circumstances
10.1 Port of Refuge
10.2 Abandon Shi
p 10.3 Grounding
10.4 Piracy
10.5 Medical Emergencies

11 Collisions
11.1 Why Collisions Really Happen
11.2 The Ideal Situation
11.3 The Prevailing Situation
11.4 STCW (Politics)
11.5 The Financial Dimension
11.6 The Human Element

12 Man Overboard
12.1 The Present Predicament
12.2 Preparation
12.3 Mob - The Plan
12.4 The Execution

13 Welfare
13.1 You and the Ship's Company
13.2 Social Relationship
13.3 Newly Joined Personnel
13.4 Dependants
13.5 Provisions
13.6 Bedding
13.7 Work Clothing
13.8 Alcohol
13.9 Bond
13.10 Wages
13.11 Medical
13.12 Shore Leave
13.13 Crew Mail
13.14 Cash Advances
13.15 Visitors
13.16 Uniform
13.17 Unions
13.18 Animals
13.19 Bullying
13.20 The Chaplain

14 Communications, Letters and Reports
14.1 Communication
14.2 Letters
14.3 Reports
14.4 Meetings

15 Surveys and Inspections
15.1 Port State Control
15.2 ISM Audits
15.3 Security Audit
15.4 Charterer's Inspections
15.5 Flag State Inspections
15.6 P&I Inspections
15.7 Class Inspections

16 Breakdowns

17 Helicopter Operations

18 Stowaways

19 Passengers

20 Ethics

21 Portage Accounts, Budgets and Stores

22 Ocean Routeing

23 Weather Conditions and Ship Handling
23.1 Poor Visibility
23.2 Weather
23.3 Seas
23.4 Taking Water
23.5 Heading Into the Sea
23.6 Running Before the Sea
23.7 Turning the Ship
23.8 Heaving To
23.9 Severe Weather in Port
23.10 Precautions
23.11 Cold Weather Conditions
23.12 Extreme Weather
23.13 Extreme Weather at Sea
23.14 The Rogue Wave

24 Drydock
24.1 Responsibilities
24.2 Safety
24.3 Security
24.4 Pollution
24.5 Fire Control
24.6 Shipboard Management
24.7 Catering
24.8 Crew Welfare
24.9 Completion

25 Port Entry
25.1 Port Planning
25.2 Forward Preparation
25.3 The Agents
25.4 Note of Protest
25.5 Ship Regulations

26 Anchoring
26.1 Regulations
26.2 Manoeuvrability
26.3 Anchorages
26.4 Positioning
26.5 Responsibilities
26.6 Anchorage Design
26.7 Anchoring Your Vessel
26.8 The Anchor Watch

27 Arrival at the Port
27.1 The Port Approach
27.2 Pilotage
27.3 Port Navigation

28 In the Port
28.2 Official Visitors
28.3 The Port
28.4 Cargo Management
28.5 Ship Management
28.6 Personnel
28.7 Port Services
28.8 Pollution Control
28.9 The Berth
28.10 Berth Preparation
28.11 The Gangway
28.12 The Watch in Port

29 You and the Law

30 The Final Word