Seamanship Notes  Second Edition

Published Date

October 2019

Seamanship Notes Second Edition

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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.

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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
2 Navigational Charts and Publications
3 Radio Navigational Warnings
Ships Routeing Information
Mandatory Reporting Systems
IALA Systems of Maritime Buoyage
Electronic Navigation Systems
Electronic Chart Systems
Radar and ARPA
The Azimuth Mirror
Marine Sextant
Sources of Meteorological Information
Meteorological Instruments
14 Characteristics of Weather Systems
15 Reporting and Recording Systems
The Principles of Navigational Watchkeeping
17 International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS)
18 Practical use of RADAR and ARPA
19 Bridge Equipment
20 Steering Control Systems
21 The Bridge Procedures Guide
22 Compasses
23 Gyro Compass
24 Associated Equipment
25 Maneuvre the Ship
26 Preparation and Duties
27 Use and Care of Mooring Lines and Associated Equipment
28 Ship Handling
29 Turning Short Round
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 Onboard the Vessel
34 Carriage of Goods by Sea
35 Use of the Hydrometer
36 Response to Navigational Emergencies
37 Precaution for the Protection and Safety of Passengers
38 Use of the International Aeronautical and Marine Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual
39 Distress and Emergency Signals
40 Search and Rescue Around the UK and Worldwide
41 Organisational Procedures for Emergency Parties and Drills
42 Knowledge of Fire Prevention and Fire-Fighting Appliances
43 Classes of Fire
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
49 Basic Principles of Survival
50 Emergencies in Port
51 Sources of Medical Information

Section 3 - Onboard Ship

54 MARPOL Prevention of Pollution
55 MARPOL Precautions to Prevent Pollution from Ships
56 The Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP)
57 Contents of SOPEP Plan
58 Garbage Management Plan
59 Anti-Pollution Equipment
60 Fundamentals of Watertight Integrity
61 Preparations for Heavy Weather
62 Legislative Requirements
63 Merchant Shipping Health and Safety Legislation
64 IMO
65 International Safety Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention (ISM)
66 Flag State and Port State

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.


Good luck!


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

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