If you are travelling by road, chances are that nobody needs to tell you if there has been an accident in front or something similar happened. But the same cannot be said about ships. You need to know the latest regarding sea routes for safe passage of your vessel. Marine chart updating ensures this
While it is primarily the responsibility of the navigators, Marine Engineers who work at sea should also understand the lights, shapes and sound signals used on ships. These indicate the length and type of ship to others, and help navigators determine their responsibility and actions.
This third article in the series explains how ships behave when they can see each other and when visibility is reduced. Note that night is not considered bad or restricted visibility for the Colregs. I will also explain the term ‘responsibilities between vessels’
It is pretty easy to avoid collision of vehicles on road by applying brakes and being a little vigilant. But how do we avoid collisions at sea when gigantic structures tend to collide? Learn inside this article
There are no roads at sea, so how does one ship (or vessels, which means all watercraft regardless of size) behave when it comes across another? Their behaviour is governed by the Rules of the Road, or Navigation Rules -ROR.
These also cover lights and shapes a vessel must show by night/day
Sailors are full of tales of phantom vessels that are seen much after they are believed to have perished. These legends are compelling and have been made into movies like ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, ‘The Triangle’ and ‘Ghost Ship’.
Using the same technology as the by now famous stealth aircraft, stealth ships are slowly adding teeth to the navies of the world. Although stealth aircraft have been around since the 80’s, stealth ships have been deployed at sea much more recently.
In this concluding article in the series, I explain how inventions changed the face of navigation at sea post the 1500’s, the Columbus era. Read on to discover how marine navigation has morphed from an inexact art to an accurate science today.
The word “Navigation" traces its roots to the Sanskrit “Navgathi“. Indian maritime history is five thousand years old- The Indus Valley Civilisation at Lothal had a ‘dry dock’ around 2300BCE, Kautilya’s ‘Arthshashtra’ talks about the development of waterways and the Rig Veda mentions trade routes.
An earlier article in this series explained the use of the Bill of Lading at sea. One of the types of a B/L is a Sea Waybill (or Straight Bill, or SWB) of Lading. Why is it necessary? In what way is it better? Read on…
How does international trade take place through merchant shipping, when the shipper (who sends the cargo) has often not even seen the buyer face to face? On what documentation do intermediary banks release money for the shipment to the seller? The Bill of Lading is a critical document in this chain
The Master is the overall incharge of the ship and is more popularly known as the Captain. But one has to join at the bottom rung of the marine ladder and spend years of training to become an officer. Learn about this interesting and rewarding journey from a person who has been through this himself
Each buoy a mariner sees gives information. Sometimes it marks a channel- a safe ‘road’ for him or her to use. Sometimes it indicates a danger like a sunken ship in the area to be avoided. Oh_buoy!! How do we figure that out? Read on.