Navigation for Masters, 4th Edition

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April 2012

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This publication covers all aspects of navigational practice including bridge procedures, ECDIS, passage planning, search and research and helicopter operations.

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This is a guide to all aspects of navigational practice for Masters. Topics covered include bridge procedures, navigation (including ice navigation and search and rescue (SAR)), passage planning and routeing.


Now in its 4th edition, it has been fully updated to include information on:

-          Continuing climate change

-          security issues and navigation

-          new regulations on long range identification and tracking (LRIT)

-          updates to ECDIS and GPS.

Preface to Fourth Edition

About the Author


Abbreviations and Definitions

List of Illustrations


1. Bridge Procedures


2. Navigation Precautions


3. Navigation in Port


4. Passage Planning


5. Ocean Passage Planning


6. Ocean Routeing


7. Ocean Currents


8. Ice Navigation


9. Tropical Revolving Storms and Abnormal Weather Phenomena


10. SAR Navigation and GMDSS


11. Marine Helicopter Operations


12. Offshore Navigation


13. Tide Calculations


14. Sources of Navigational Information Charts and Publications


15. Electronic Navigational Systems


Navigation Self-Examiner
Geographic Index


This latest edition of ‘Navigation for Masters’ has been issued to ensure that current and future Master Mariners are kept up to date with the modern concepts and innovations affecting safe passage throughout the maritime environment. For example:

• Our planet is experiencing a state of continual change, with global warming affecting the higher latitudes

• navigation is becoming more demanding and security issues are becoming increasingly important

• new regulations introducing long-range identification and tracking of vessels have come into force

• ice reporting in the high latitudes, in the form of the ‘Egg Code’, has become a necessity

• larger and deeper draught vessels continue to be built, necessitating revision and expansion of deep water routes

• electronic and digital advances have given the maritime industry ECDIS and GPS.

It is essential that Masters meet the challenges associated with these and other changes, whilst at the same time not losing sight of the basic principles of effective watchkeeping. Training and lifelong learning are as much a part of a successful voyage as fuel is to the engines.


Witherbys titles are developed using scripts developed by technical experts that are peer reviewed within work groups. Typically, they seek to improve understanding of the regulations, recommendations and guidelines issued by Industry.

Witherbys staff have significant expertise in the fields of navigation and hazardous cargoes as well as in the presentation of complex subjects in a graphic and easy to understand manner.

David House

During his sea going career, David House served on a variety of vessels including dry and bulk cargo ships, passenger liners, containers and ferries. He came ashore in 1978 with a Master Mariner's qualification and began teaching at the Fleetwood Nautical College. He retired from teaching in 2012 but continues to research and write on a number of maritime subjects.

Title: Navigation for Masters, 4th Edition
Edition: Fourth
Number of Pages: 496
Product Code: WS1348K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-403-0 (9781856094030), ISBN 10: 1-85609-403-0 (1856094030)
Published Date: April 2012
Binding Format: Hardback
Book Height: 246 mm
Book Width: 189 mm
Book Spine: 45 mm
Weight: 1.40 kg
Author: David J House

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