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Ship command & control

Command and the navigation of a ship have been linked operations for millennia and this is still true today even if modern…

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Bridge layout and design

Most modern ships feature some form of integrated bridge system with multiple screens allowing navigators to swap between views…

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Bridge ergonomics

Ergonomics and improved man-machine interfaces have been in vogue for many years and across a whole range of industries…


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BNWAS and BAMS

Modern ships operate with fewer crew members than in the past and it is not unusual for ships to have just a single man on…

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Collision Regulations (COLREGS)

From a safety perspective, navigating a ship is as much about avoiding hazards as it is about getting from A to B. To achieve…

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Radar

Radar stands for RAdio Detection And Ranging – an acronym composed by US military during WWII – but the development dates back…

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AIS

When ship security and identification became a big issue after the 9/11 terror attacks in New York in 2001, the automatic…

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Echo Sounder

Radar may give ships the ability to ‘see’ other ships and fixed and floating objects at and above sea level but it is equally…

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Light and sound signalling

Although we are in a digital age and electronic systems now make up the majority of navigation equipment there is still a need…

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Record keeping and Planning

The old method of measuring a ship’s speed was to pay out a rope knotted at precise intervals attached to a wooden log over the…

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Voyage Data Recorder

There are limitations to traditional methods of record keeping with regard to navigation of the ship, especially during times…

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