NEPIA/NI Launch Evidence Handbook

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Nov 142010

North P&I Club and The Nautical Institute have  launched  The Mariner’s Role in Collecting Evidence – Handbook.

The handbook, written by a team from the North of England P&I Association, augments another, larger book published by the Institute: The Mariner’s Role in Collecting Evidence – in the Light of ISM by Dr Phil Anderson, also of the Institute’s North East England Branch.

Says the Nautical Institute’s president James Robinson: “The publications are a response to the increasingly litigious world faced by seafarers and designated persons ashore, said Institute … Seafarers are wary of facing litigation or claims and the fear criminalisation is increasing”.

This was recognised by The Nautical Institute 20 years ago when the first of the Mariner’s Role in Collecting Evidence books was published. The Institute’s North Eastern Branch has maintained its association with the book throughout that time.

Robinson says that the Institute is offering the book and handbook to help those at sea and ashore alike in the collection, preservation and use of evidence in marine claims. “Use of them both will build confidence when gathering evidence to present to those unfamiliar with shipboard operations – including doctors, insurers, statisticians, civil servants, and lawyers which you can find if you visit this site online. They may need to be informed about the background to an incident under investigation in order to understand it properly” says the NI.

Nautical Institute launches ECDIS and Positioning,

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Mar 292010

Dr Andy Norris

The Nautical Institute has launched ECDIS and Positioning, by Dr Andy Norris CNI to provide mariners a grounding in all aspects of ECDIS and the use of electronic charts.

ECDIS and Positioning, the second volume of Dr Norris’s Integrated Bridge Systems series, helps paper chart-taught officers to make ECDIS work for them. It also helps new entrants to the industry, who may be more familiar with Google Earth, to understand how to use the system within accepted navigational principles.

Institute President Captain Richard Coates FNI expressed concern about the “inadequacy” of ECDIS training. “Despite the long use of satellite systems for positioning and the imminent mandating of electronic charts in 2012, there is little information written for the mariner concerning the practical use of these technologies,” he said. “Many are grappling with the problems of using electronic charts and ECDIS after being trained on paper charts.”

ECDIS and Positioning by Dr Andy Norris CNI, ISBN: 978 1 906915 11 7, price £40, is available from The Nautical Institute

NI Throws Book At Mooring Accidents

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Oct 232009

image Death and injury from wayward mooring lines have been highlighted in recent months yet most are avoidable through good practice, maintenance, adequate hazard assessment and common sense. According to International Maritime Organisation secretary general Efthimios Mitropoulos there has been little formal presentation of mooring, a gap that the Nautical Institute seeks to fill with two practical guides.

Says the institute “Mooring accidents cause great concern to those in the maritime industry, both ashore and afloat. Good practice is urgently needed to prevent deaths and injuries, particularly in trades such as dry bulk and containers.”

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What Happens When The Fuse Blows?

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Oct 192008

Who needs a sextant in these days of GPS, ECDIS, Radar and AIS? To paraphrase the new edition of the Admiralty Manual Of Navigation Volume 1, you might. Launched by the Nautical Institute a century after it first saw the light of day, the revised version of this classic book now covers navigational equipment undreamt of by its first authors but the old reliables still have their place when all else fails.

GPS antennae do get disconnected, as The Case Of The Wandering Monarch demonstrates. AIS equipment sometimes isn’t setup correctly by ‘helpful’ installers, as for ECDIS and radar just two words: “Cosco Busan”., or take a look at The Case Ofr The Triple Cross. When the Admiralty Manual was first published in 1898 one could buy a moderate sized country for the cost of some modern maritime accidents – indeed, the United States purchased the Philippines for $20 million in 1898.

In a foreword to the book Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff points out. “As naval operations, international container logistics and energy supply systems become more globally interdependent, the consequences of any navigational accidents become greater.”

Safe navigation iosn’t enhanced when some bright spark ashore decides to install new equipment and software that nobody on the bridge knows how to use. .Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander Alan Peacock, who revised the manual says:: “This new book retains all the fundamental ‘Principles of Navigation’ so that mariners who rely on the computer-powered equipment found on ship’s bridges today can turn to an authoritative source for support. Without a resource like this, mariners are at the mercy of whatever software happens to be fashionable at the moment… The book is a manual in the true sense of the word. It is there to be used to solve operational problems. It provides both the underlying principles and the modern ways to use equipment and apply safe navigational techniques.”

The Admiralty Manual of Navigation Vol 1, Tenth Edition 690 pp ISBN 1 870077 90 3 is available from The Nautical Institute, price £90 plus postage and packing. Discounts for members of The Nautical Institute and bulk purchasers.

New: MAC Special – Lessons From The Danica White

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Aug 102008

New: MAC Special – Lessons From The Danica White
Piracy has continued unabated since the taking of the Danica White in 2007.
Are lessons being learned? Bob Couttie and the Nautical Institute’s Steve Jones
discuss modern piracy.

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NI Book Ready for AIS,Radar Integration

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Jul 172008

From the 1st July 2008, all new radars required mandatory AIS integration to display the two completely separate systems on the same display. To coincide with the new rules the Nautical Institute had launched a new guide, “Radar and AIS”, as the first of its series on integrate bridge systems.

Written by Dr. Andy Norris, Radar and AIS builds on the basic radar theory and target tracking knowledge that seagoing officers already have while looking ahead to new technology radars with provide significantly enhanced performance. The guide argues that mariners will be better equipped with AIS integrated into radar displays, and that AIS has an ever expanding role to play in improving navigational integrity and accuracy. Increasing use of real and virtual aids to navigation will improve the information available to the mariner.

Says ther Nautical Instute: “It is important to stress, however, that in order to take best advantage of such new technology, we need to communicate the shift in culture these new integrated systems bring, and of the importance of managing the change onboard ships effectively. While much effort has gone into ensuring the AIS, radar and chart information is consistent, with uniform symbols and a standard resolution, operators still need guidance and instruction.

The book is to be formally launched on Thursday 24th July at the Inmarsat Building, it will then be sold for £20 from The Nautical Institute, Members of the NI and Royal Institute of Navigation offered a 30% discount, while bulk discounts are also available.

New Helmsman At NI

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Jun 112008

Captain Richard Coates, FNI has been elected to the presidency of the Nautical Institute (NI) at the organisation’s annual general meeting, held in Antwerp.

Captain Coates, who succeeds Captain Nicholas Cooper as President of the international organisation, will serve for two years.

In his inaugural address, he stressed the importance of the role of the Nautical Institute, and of increasing this influence through major growth of the international membership, while working ever harder to encourage the recruitment of younger members.

He added, “The Nautical Institute is a unique body, with a highly qualified, experienced and motivated membership. Our opinions and experience become ever more worthwhile in a world where core values are easily forgotten or overlooked”.

After spending nearly 30 years as a member of The Nautical Institute, and having served in various capacities within the Humber branch and within the NI, Captain Coates has long held the belief that The Nautical Institute plays a vital role in ensuring that the shipping industry not only remembers the lessons of the past, but also identifies solutions to the problems of the future.

Captain Coates played a major role in shaping the NI’s Strategic Plan 2005-2010, and is currently heading up their “Stress and Fatigue project”. The aims of which are to raise awareness of the problems associated with stress and fatigue, to encourage and foster schemes to accurately record the hours of work and rest, while influencing the industry to improve the quality and reduce the quantity of inspections, surveys, and audits of ships and their crews.

Currently Operations Manager, Humber Sea Terminal, his career has also included service on various ship types, first class Humber pilotage, and he is an Elder Brother of Newcastle Trinity House.

Command 2008 – The 14th International Command Seminar Series

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May 302008

“In the eyes of many experts, Safety Management Systems have actually stagnated because many DP’s have not received relevant training in management systems and safety management in particular. Often, it seems, the DP is unaware that he or she is lacking knowledge, until deficiencies come to light following a major incident when an external consultant of lawyer puts the Company SMS under the microscope” warn the Nauticxal Institute, inroducing the 14th International Command Seminar Series.

Of all the relationships across shipping, one of the most significant is that between the command team onboard, and the Designated Person (DP).

Reflecting this importance, The Nautical Institute 2008 International Command Seminar series is set to explore the expectations of those onboard and ashore, and of how companies and DP’s are managing these relationships and interactions.

The DP role was formally introduced by The International Safety Management (ISM) Code, with a number of very basic requirements. As such the DP links the Company and those on board, and must have access to the highest levels of management. The DP also monitors the safety and pollution prevention aspects of each ship, while ensuring adequate resources and shore-based support is applied, as required.

While such outline guidance is useful, it does not really help us in identifying who the ideal DP should be, the experience or qualifications which can have a positive impact, nor of the added value that can be generated by the role.

So what credentials, and skills does a DP require to perform properly? One positive development has been the requirements set out in IMO MSCMEPC7/Circ.6, but Section 5 of the ISM Code has long stressed the importance of continually updating qualifications, training and experience of the DP. Something that external auditors are increasingly viewing with interest, but something that internally is often overlooked.

Different companies have very different ideas, and very different people taking on the DP role, but what of the expectations and how these are managed?

The first of the International Command Seminar events is to take place in Antwerp on June 12-13 2008 – with speakers including Dr Phil Anderson, Angus Galbraith, Capt. P. Raes, and Pradeep Chawla, representing the views of owners, managers, insurers and the wider industry. This event also incorporates The Nautical Institute AGM.

The event is set to drive a great deal of debate, and the conclusions of this and the other events in the series will be collated and presented to the relevant authorities. Further information can be found at .

The series then moves to Panama in early September, Glasgow 9th October, then finally Hong Kong in early November.

Reporting Confidentially

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Jul 102007

Not all accidents and close-call incidents get reported even though there are safety lessons worth distributing among other seafarers. Sometimes issue go unreported because people feel they might put their jobs at risk if their identities are revealed. There are two resources worth going to if you want to report a matter of concern (Click on the highlighted words to open the relevant websites):

The Nautical Institute’s MARS ( Maritime Accident Reporting System)

And CHIRP, the Confidential Human factors Incident Reporting Programme

Some national maritime safety authorities, such as the Australian Transport Safety Safety Bureau have similar systems.

You can also email , we’ll keep your details confidential and pass your concerns on to the the appropriate organisation.