Seamanship Notes, 2nd Edition 2019

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This informative book is designed to support students working towards their Maritime and Coastguard Agency Certificate of Competency exams. It also serves as the ideal companion for any seafarer wishing to refresh or update their knowledge.

The book is based on the MCA examination syllabus, and has been written to make the syllabus seem less daunting. Its structured approach to studying - using tables and bullet points to highlight key pieces of information - will help the reader gain confidence in the topic areas.

It also a brings together links to publications produced by the IMO, the MCA, the International Chamber of Shipping, P&I Clubs and other non-governmental organisations, to help the reader source additional knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of each topic.



Section 1 – Navigation

1 Passage Planning

1.1 Appraisal

1.2 Planning

1.3 Charted Information

1.4 Execution

1.5 Monitoring

2 Navigational Charts and Publications

2.1 Mariners’ Routeing Guides

3 Radio Navigational Warnings

3.1 World-Wide Navigational Warning Service (WWNWS)

4 Ships Routeing Information

5 Mandatory Reporting Systems

5.1 Voluntary Reporting Systems

6 IALA Systems of Maritime Buoyage

6.1 Marine Aids to Navigation

6.2 Leading Lines

6.3 Sector Lights

6.4 Fixed Marine Aids to Navigation – Lighthouses and Beacons

6.5 Floating Marine Aids to Navigation

7 Electronic Navigation Systems

7.1 Limitations and Sources of Error

8 Electronic Chart Systems

8.1 Limitations of Electronic Chart Systems

8.2 Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) Vs Raster Navigational Chart (RNC)

9 Radar and ARPA

9.1 Stabilisation Modes

9.2 Choice of Stabilisation Mode for Collison Avoidance

9.3 Aspect, Radar and Collision Avoidance

10 The Azimuth Mirror

10.1 Use of the Azimuth Mirror

11 The Marine Sextant

12 Sources of Meteorological Information

13 Meteorological Instruments

14 Characteristics of Weather Systems

15 Reporting and Recording Systems

16 The Principles of Navigational Watchkeeping

16.1 Principles of Maintaining a Safe Navigational Watch in All Situations

16.2 Principles of Navigational Watchkeeping at Sea

16.3 Principles of Navigational Watchkeeping During Pilotage

16.4 Principles of Navigational Watchkeeping at Anchor

16.5 Principles of Navigational Watchkeeping in Port

16.6 Taking Over the Deck Watch

17 International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS)

18 Practical use of Radar and ARPA

18.1 Modes of Operation

19 Bridge Equipment

20 Steering Control Systems

20.1 Modes of Operation

20.2 Changing Modes of Operation

21 The Bridge Procedures Guide

22 Compasses

22.1 Magnetic Compass

23 Gyro Compass

24 Associated Equipment

24.1 Integrated Navigation System

24.2 Integrated Bridge System

25 Manoeuvre the Ship

25.1 Preparation for Getting Under Way

26 Preparation and Duties

27 Use and Care of Mooring Lines and Associated Equipment

27.1 Maintenance of Equipment

27.2 Conning the Ship

27.3 Helm Orders

28 Ship Handling

28.1 The Wheelhouse Poster

28.2 Effects of Propellers on the Steering of a Ship

29 Turning Short Round

29.1 Interaction and Squat

30 Action in the Event of a Failure

30.1 Emergency Steering Arrangements

31 Proper Procedures for Anchoring

Section 2 – Cargo Handling and Stowage

32 Use and Care of Synthetic Fibre and Wire Ropes

33 IMO Conventions and Guidelines Concerning the Safe Handling of Cargoes On board the Vessel

34 Carriage of Goods by Sea

35 Use of the Hydrometer

35.1 Purpose of the Hydrometer

Section 3 – Response to Emergencies

36 Response to Navigational Emergencies

36.1 Initial Action: Man Overboard

36.2 Initial Action: Collision

36.3 Initial Action: Grounding

36.4 Initial Action: Flooding

36.5 Initial Action: Receipt of a Distress Message

36.6 Initial Action: Damage Assessment and Control

36.7 Protection of the Marine Environment

36.8 The Marine Response Centre

37 Precaution for the Protection and Safety of Passengers

37.1 Decision Support System

37.2 Muster Drills

37.3 Crew Training

37.4 Evacuation

38 Use of the International Aeronautical and Marine Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual

38.1 IAMSAR Volume III – Contents

39 Distress and Emergency Signals

39.1 Use of Distress Signals

39.2 Misuse of Distress Signals

39.3 Disposal of Marine Pyrotechnics

40 Search and Rescue Around the UK and Worldwide

40.1 HM Coastguard

40.2 Search and Rescue – Worldwide

41 Organisational Procedures for Emergency Parties and Drills

42 Knowledge of Fire Prevention and Fire-Fighting Appliances

42.1 Care of Fire-Fighting Appliances

42.2 Ventilation Systems

42.3 Fire Main Isolation Valve

42.4 Escape and Breathing Devices

43 Classes of Fire

43.1 The Fire Tetrahedron

44 Properties of Fire Extinguishers

45 Use and Care of Life Saving Appliances

46 Markings on Survival Craft and Associated Equipment

47 Launch and Manage Survival Craft

47.1 Launch and Recovery of the Rescue Boat

47.2 Launching a Liferaft

47.3 Launching a Davit Launched Liferaft

48 Knowledge of SOLAS Training Manual

48.1 Contents of Maintenance Log for Life Saving Appliances

49 Basic Principles of Survival

49.1 Actions to Take

50 Emergencies in Port

50.1 Authority of the Emergency Services

51 Sources of Medical Information

51.1 Radio Medical Advice for Ships at Sea

51.2 International Radio Medical Advice Centre (CIRM)

52 International Code of Signals and IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases

53 IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases

53.1 Emergency Communications within GMDSS Regulations

Section 4 – Onboard Ship Operations

54 MARPOL Prevention of Pollution

54.1 MARPOL Special Areas

55 MARPOL Precautions to Prevent Pollution from Ships

56 The Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP)

56.1 Guidelines for the Development of SOPEP Plans (MEPC.54(32))

57 Contents of SOPEP Plan

58 Garbage Management Plan

58.1 Garbage Record Book

58.2 Garbage Placards

59 Anti-Pollution Equipment

60 Fundamentals of Watertight Integrity

60.1 Watertight Doors

60.2 Operating Watertight Doors

60.3 Conditions of Load Line Assignment

61 Preparations for Heavy Weather

62 Legislative Requirements

62.1 International Convention

62.2 Legislation

62.3 Code

62.4 Guidance

62.5 Information

62.6 Annual Summary of Admiralty Notices to Mariners (ASNTM)

63 Merchant Shipping Health and Safety Legislation

63.1 The Safety Officer

63.2 Safety Representatives

63.3 Safety Committee

63.4 Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers

63.5 Risk Assessment

63.6 Provision and use of Work Equipment

63.7 Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER)

63.8 LOLER Regulations Testing, Inspection and Certification

63.9 Conducting Lifting Operations

63.10 Means of Access

63.11 Accident Reporting

63.12 Definitions

63.13 Meaning of ‘Accident’

63.14 Marine Incident

63.15 Reporting of Accidents and Serious Injuries

64 IMO Conventions

64.1 International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM)

64.2 Ballast Water Record Book

64.3 International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code)

64.4 Structure of the Code

64.5 Requirements for Additional Training

64.6 International Ship Port Facilities Security Code

65 International Safety Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention (ISM)

66 The Maritime Labour Convention

67 Flag State and Port State

67.1 Flag State Responsibilities

67.2 Relationship Between Flag State and Port State

67.3 Port State Control


The purpose of this book is to support students studying towards their Maritime and Coastguard Agency professional exams.

The contents of the book are structured around the MCA examination syllabus. The book has been written to provide a brief overview of each topic. Tables and bullet points have been used as I am a great advocate of the ‘flashcard’ study technique and this style lends itself to that.

There are links to primary sources of information and documents which will help you gain a deeper understanding of each topic.

There are so many excellent publications in the public domain produced by the likes of IMO, the MCA, International Chamber of Shipping, P&I clubs and other non-governmental organisations that can really develop your knowledge and be taken forward in your professional environment.

The reason why I wanted to bring this book together was because on first reading, the syllabus can seem quite daunting. By taking a structured approach to your studying and having knowledge of where to find key sources of information you can soon gain confidence in the topic areas.


Title: Seamanship Notes Second Edition
Number of Volumes: 1
Edition: Second
Number of Pages: 214
Product Code: WS1669K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-842-7 (9781856098427), ISBN 10: 1-85609-842-7 (1856098427)
Published Date: September 2019
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 210 mm
Book Width: 148 mm
Book Spine: 10 mm
Weight: 0.60 kg
Author: Angus Ferguson


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