Sea Rules of the Road: The Display of Light & Audio Signals

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.

Sea Rules of the Road – Navigation Rules for Ships

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

Marine navigation history since Indus valley civilization

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.

What is Bill of Lading ?

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

Sea Captain Maritime Jobs – Duties of the Master

This last article of the series explains the role of the top dog- a ship’s Captain- at sea.

Although this role is perceived surrounded by mystery and romance, it is a hard and lonely job, requiring an individual to be, literally, Master of many trades.

Maritime Jobs: Sea cadets – the future marine masters,

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