Radar and AIS for Watchkeeping Officers

Apr 24 2013

Published by Brown, Son & Ferguson and written by Master Mariner Daire Brunicardi, this 440-page illustrated book has been produced for the officer on a bridge of a modern vessel fitted with modern equipment.

Its emphasis is also on modern practices. Some mention is made of impending developments enabling the reader to prepare for new practices, or equipment. The author has written the book with the students at nautical schools and colleges in mind. These include all levels, from the cadet, or trainee, to those studying for a Master’s certificate, or various nautical degrees, or other qualifications.

It is also meant to be a reference work, which can be carried at sea, as for example, the requirements of STCW and of the relevant IMO model courses are given prominence.

The author recognises the contribution of William Burger in the early days of radar training for commercial vessels, whose influence can still be seen and heard in lecturers’ notes in nautical colleges today.

This book looks at the fundamental technology behind the bridge display, but does not take radar in isolation as today it is integrated with other navaids to a greater, or lesser extent. Several pages are devoted to radar plotting, as a ship’s officer should be able to plot and determine the risk of collision when automation is not available. It also helps to build up an appreciation of relative motion, so when viewing an ARPA, the data looks to be correct.

Due to the many types of navaids on the market, a navigating officer must familiarise his or herself of the equipment on the bridge. This can take time and should not be undertaken while on watch, the author stressed.

This book is claimed by the publishers to be written in a simple format, bearing in mind that for many officers, English is not their first language. It is also aimed at a new entrant into the nautical profession and thus jargon and obscure acronyms have not been used, except for the traditional nautical terms.

The same publisher has produced a sixth version of its booklet- Pilot Ladder Safetywritten by Malcolm Armstrong.

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