A temporary anchorage may appear suitable when the stay will be short and the weather forecast is good. But what if the wait for the intended berth is extended and the weather deteriorates? How can anchorages that pose unique risks be identified?
Read the MARS report on a vessel that dragged its anchor and ran aground at an ad-hoc anchorage in a river estuary to which it was directed until the intended berth became free.
Please share the report with your colleagues and friends and encourage them to access (and contribute to) the Institute’s free onlineMARS database.
Distinguish yourself through CPD Online
According to totalprofessions.com a profession “is more than a job. It is a career for someone that wants to be part of society, who becomes competent in their chosen sector through training; maintains their skills through continuing professional development (CPD); and commits to behaving ethically, to protect the interests of the public”.
The Nautical Institute can offer you a rich and varied source of CPD to support your development as a maritime professional, whatever stage in your career you may have reached. Our CPD Online solution provides Nautical Institute members with a bespoke self development programme that includes web based planning and recording tools as well as independent validation.
Visit our website to find out more. Or emailSteven Gosling MNI, the Institute’s Training and Quality Manager (pictured left).
NI Radio: Andrew McDonald on competence
Member exclusive: should there be periodic revalidation of CoCs to ensure continuing navigational competence? Could training be improved? Andrew McDonald MNI answers ‘yes’ to both questions.
Speaking at The Nautical Institute’s London Command Seminar in October, the First Officer/Safety Officer with Holland America Line took a critical look at what it takes for serving officers to continue to develop their competence, and at college and onboard training for cadets.
Listen now to Andrew McDonald ‘s presentation (and view the accompanying slides) by logging in to the Members’ Area of the Institute’s website and clicking on the blue ‘Presentations’ tab on the left hand side of your screen. There is a full report of the seminar in the December issue of Seaways.
Preparation is key for safe ice navigation
Good preparation lies at the heart of any successful Polar trip where, if things go wrong, the consequences can be dire. This was the advice of experienced ice navigator and Senior Vice-President of The Nautical Institute, Captain Duke Snider FNI, in a recent interview with the UK’s Guardian newspaper.
Speaking against the backdrop of a newly agreed Polar Code, Captain Snider pointed to the need for an understanding of the physics of ice and how different types of ice can affect a ship’s capabilities. Read the interview here.
Detailed information on the human, technical, environmental and operational challenges of ice navigation can be found in the Institute’s book Polar Ship Operations, priced at £21 (£30 for non-members) and authored by Captain Snider himself.
Welcome to our new Nautical Affiliates
A warm welcome to our new Nautical Affiliates: L-3 Marine and Power Systems, Marine Society & Sea Cadets, Qvalitas Group and Port of London Authority.The £500 we receive every year from each of our Nautical Affiliates is used exclusively to fund our Mariners’ Alerting & Reporting Scheme (MARS), which in turn helps to save lives and prevent injuries.In return for their contribution our Nautical Affiliates receive a number of benefits:
public acknowledgement of their support for a key industry safety initiative
greatly reduced membership fees where three or more employees become members of the Institute
discounted delegate fees for selected conferences plus discounts of up to 40% on our specialist books and guides
monthly copy of our membership magazine Seaways, sent to a nominated member of staff
Thanks to all of you who responded to our survey and gave us feedback on the reader experience, both paper and digital, of The Navigator. We have taken note of your comments and will continue to develop this free resource to serve the needs of marine navigators.
Keep the photos coming too. We would love to see you reading a copy and know where the magazine is being enjoyed. Your photo could win you an iPad mini (pictured is our most recent winner, Stephen Achurch).
Remember our target of a copy of The Navigator on every SOLAS vessel? We’re now distributing thousands of copies but we still need more distributors. Your company or college could become a distributor please alert the appropriate person by clicking on ‘Forward’ at the bottom of this email.
e-Navigation getting underway
Want to know more about e-Navigation as the implementation phase gets nearer? There’s an ideal opportunity on 27-29 Januaryonboard Pearl Seaways which will host the
Hear from the experts about testbeds, infrastructure, human factors, communication, evolution of existing systems and e-Navigation for the non-SOLAS segment. Put your questions to them and join the discussion.
Nautical Institute members receive a 10% discount on the conference price – book here.
Call for papers: 2015 AGM in San Francisco
The Nautical Institute’s AGM will be held in San Francisco on 11-12 May 2015.
You are warmly invited to take part in what will be an excellent seminar and networking opportunity in this beautiful city on America’s west coast. Please book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment.
Following on this year’s Command Seminar theme of Navigational Competence, our 2015 seminar will focus on Maritime Education and Training.
Please email proposals for papers by 31st January 2015 to Captain George Livingstone MNI.
Events guide: up to £225 off for NI members
Listed below are upcoming events. If there’s a Nautical Institute event near you then why not go along and meet some like-minded souls.
CPD certificates are provided at many Nautical Institute events – please check with the event organiser.
Visit the publications section of our website to download our interactive Publications List and Services brochure, listing the entire range of specialist book titles available from The Nautical Institute.