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Nautical publications

The nautical publication is a technical term used in maritime circles describing a set of publications, generally published by national governments, for use in safe navigation of ships, boats, and similar vessels. It includes mariner’s handbook which provides information important for the safety of navigation that cannot be represented on charts, and other publications useful to mariners. Nautical publications are intended to be used in conjunction with charts.

OCEAN PASSAGES OF THE WORLD

(BA, NP136) contains the necessary information in preparing the navigation plan for the ocean passage and the Captain may obtain the basic information necessary when deciding the route.

Ocean Passages for the World inc​​​ludes:

  • Individual ch​​​​apters covering each of the world’s oceans, with details of weather, climate, winds, currents, swell, seasonal factors and ice hazards
  • Coverage of the world’s busiest and emerging trade routes to help bridge crew and shore side staff with route planning and the calculation of arrival times
  • Numerous route diagrams and tabulated route data to help users find information quickly, as well as chartlets clearly demonstrating the effects of climate, wave heights and load line zones

SAILING DIRECTIONS

Sailing Direction (Coast Pilot) contains information of weather and sea conditions, the characteristics of the passage and guideline for port entry for all over the world.

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Sailing direction limits

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SHIPS ROUTING

Ship’s Routing is published by IMO and contains every information of main passage of the world, traffic separation scheme, deep water routes and area to be avoided.

PURPOSE

The purpose of sea routing is to improve the safety of navigation in concerning areas where the density of traffic is great or where the movement is restricted by sea room.

Content of ship routing

PART A: GENERAL, DESIGN, CRITERIA, AND SYMBOLS

PART B: TSS (TRAFFIC SEPARATION SCHEME)

PART C: DEEPWATER ROUTES

PART D: AREAS TO BE AVOIDED

PART E: OTHER ROUTEING MEASURES

PART F: ASSOCIATED RULES AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF NAVIGATION.

PART G: MANDATORY SHIP ROUTING SYSTEM, ROUTING SYSTEMS

PART H: ADOPTION, DESIGNATION, AND SUBSTITUTION OF ARCHIPELAGIC SERVICES

MARINERS HANDBOOK

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The Mariner’s Handbook (NP100) contains clear guidance to help mariners improve their understanding of maritime navigation, sea and ice conditions, meteorology and regulations. A highly valued publication, NP100 is used as a ‘core’ text by many leading maritime training academies and maritime-related organizations.

The Mariner’s Handbook includes:

  • ​​​​Guidance to assist mariners in navigational training and active bridge procedures. Information includes charts and their use, the communication of navigational information, the maritime environment, restrictions to navigation and maritime pollution and conservation.
  • Simple tabular layouts to help users quickly locate essential information, with images to aid the understanding of complex subjects

Also available as an ADMIRALTY e-Nautical Publication

In addition to paper format, the Mariner’s Handbook is available as an ADMIRALTY e-Nautical Publication (AENP). AENPs bring improved efficiency, accuracy, and access to information bridge crews need through electronic NM updates and simple search functionality.

DISTANCE TABLE

Distance Table (NP350) and USA (NVPUB 151) are generally referred all over the world.

This publication helps in finding various distances between ports, Nowadays Second officers rarely use this publication as there are various software to get the same information like port to port and many more. we will suggest you to use that software but also verify information on NP350.

NP350(1) Admiralty Distance Tables Atlantic Ocean Volume 1

NP350(2) Admiralty Distance Tables Indian Ocean Volume 2

NP350(3) Admiralty Distance Tables Pacific Ocean Volume 3

ADMIRALTY LIST OF RADIO SIGNALS

The Admiralty List of Radio Signals consists of the following volumes.

  • Vol.1: Maritime Radio Station NP 281 (Parts 1 & 2).
  • Vol.2: Radio Navigation Aids, Satellite Navigation Systems, Legal Time, Radio Time Signals and Electronic Position Fixing Systems NP 282..
  • Vol.3: Maritime Safety Information Services NP 283 (Parts 1 & 2).
  • Vol.4: Meteorological Observation Stations NP 284.
  • Vol.5: Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) NP 285.
  • Vol.6: Pilot Services, Vessel Traffic Services and Port Operations NP 286 (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)

ADMIRALTY LIST OF LIGHT SIGNALS

Admiralty List of Lights consists of 11 volumes (NP74-84) which cover all over the world. The light lists are published by British Admiralty UK.

WEATHER ROUTING CHART

Weather Routing Charts provide expected substantial meteorological information such as waves, currents, wind, Ice, recommended routes, Load Line Zones, etc. There is one chart for each month of the year for the following oceans;

Indian Ocean

North Pacific Ocean

South Pacific Ocean

North Atlantic Ocean

South Atlantic Ocean.

NOTICES TO MARINERS

Notice to Mariners contains corrections to the nautical charts and other publications and are weekly published by the relevant party such as B.A., NIMA, and Maritime Safety Agency in Japan.

Correction of Nautical Publications Navigational warnings and charts and publication and corrections are brought to the Mariners notice by a number of different methods depending on their urgency and importance.

the following methods are available;

a) Annual Notices to Mariners.

b) Weekly Notices to Mariners.

c) Radio Navigational Warnings.

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