Home Associations News from The Nautical Institute July 2018

News from The Nautical Institute includes:

  • The New issue of The Navigator (No.18)
  • Meeting the new president
  • Members Webminar on MASS

and a few more than interesting reports and news; log on and tell us your views:

NEW! Issue 18 of The Navigator
The Navigator

Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) is so important for safe navigation, which is why it is the focus of issue 18 of The Navigator.

This issue features:

  • An insight into the work of the serving VTS Officer
  • An examination of the role of VTS
  • The different types of VTS
  • How vessels and VTS can effectively communicate
  • How VTS can help prevent maritime accidents

As always, The Navigator is free to read in print, via The Navigator app, or online at the Institute’s website.

Got your copy? Let us know what you think by using the hashtag #NautInst or show us by sending in a #Navsnap with your magazine and be in with a chance of winning an iPad.

Have you met our new President?
Capt Nick Nash

Captain Nick Nash FNI FRIN FRGS is the newly elected President of The Nautical Institute and a Senior Master with Carnival Corporation. He also teaches at the group’s simulator training facility in Amsterdam, where he is a part-time lecturer on BRM and Shiphandling. Here he reflects on the value he sees in Nautical Institute membership…

“I first heard about The NI when I was studying for my first mates certificate back in 1984. I signed up and have been a member ever since. Later, I became more involved in Branch meetings and would read Seaways as soon as I got it.

No matter what field you are in, whether you are a doctor, pilot or a Captain, as a professional you should keep yourself up to date. Tools like Seaways, The Navigator, industry events, and the NI CPD programme can help us keep a high professional standard which is what we need in our industry.”

Member webinar: are you ready for MASS? 
Autonomous vessel

Member-only webinar: Thursday, 26 July 2018 at 11:00 (BST)

The era of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) is upon us. But what does this mean for seafarers and seafaring?

Join Captain Ghulam Hussain FNI, Technical Manager & Head of IMO Delegation for The Nautical Institute to get answers to these and other questions…

  • What exactly is an autonomous ship?
  • Is compliance with the Colregs a given?
  • What role is the NI playing in moving the debate forward?
  • How will the interaction between autonomous technology and seafarers be managed?

To register simply login at www.nautinst.org and click on the registration link. All those who register will be emailed a recording of the webinar.

Image courtesy of Rolls Royce

Decision could have caused collision
MARS Report

Clear communication at sea is critical.

A container vessel departed port with a pilot on board. The pilot was to transfer to an inbound tanker at the compulsory pilotage limit. The Master of each vessel was alone on the bridge.

The agreed plan was for the container ship to meet the tanker port to port, passing astern of the tanker. In the event, the container vessel Master decided he was too close and turned to port instead. The tanker Master set the engine to full astern and the bow thruster full to port. His quick reactions averted collision with the outbound box ship, which passed just 100m ahead.

Find out what else could have happened by reading the full report for free online.

We need these vital maritime safety messages to reach more people, and the Institute’s Mariners’ Alerting and Reporting Scheme (MARS) depends on people like you to contribute reports. You can help by sharing this report with colleagues and encouraging them to access and contribute to MARS.

Book of the Month: The Work of the Harbour Master
The Work of the Harbour Master

This book explains the varying responsibilities of the role and shows, from the experience of Harbour Masters from ports all over the world, examples of what new entrants to the industry may encounter.

Different aspects of the role are examined, largely following the course of a vessel as it approaches port until it berths, including the commercial pressures that may be brought to bear. It is an ideal bridging course for those thinking of a career move ashore.

For the whole of July, you can buy The Work of the Harbour Master for a discounted price of £30 (usually £50).

The book is also linked to the Institute’s self-study scheme leading to a Harbour Master’s Certificate.

Email your order to: pubs.admin@nautinst.org For more information regarding the scheme please email: harbourmaster@nautinst.org

NEW: DP Emergency Shiphandling Course
Ship bridge

Do you engage in manual shiphandling activities on DP vessels?

Are you a DPO seeking to enhance your skills?

You may be interested in the latest addition to The Nautical Institute’s professional development services, the DP Emergency Shiphandling Course.

This course provides industry guidance and explores shiphandling duties on DP vessels. Candidates will be prepared for emergency situations where manual ship handling techniques are required and when the change to manual should be made.

All accredited DP training centres may offer this course subject to passing an NI audit. Details of the training centres which are currently offering this course can be found via the NI Alexis Platform.

Slow response to CPP leads to grounding
MARS Report

Our MARS Reports provide real-life case studies of what can go wrong at sea or in port. In a recent MARS Report we see how a malfunctioning controllable pitch propeller (CPP) led to an incident.

A ferry was 3nm from port and the Master started to reduce the pitch on both CPPs. He checked the indicators on the starboard wing console, which showed that pitch was reducing as planned. Subsequently, with the speed at 10kt, the Master set the port CPP to 0% and then to 70% astern.

Two minutes later, as the ferry closed on the pier breakwater, it became clear the speed was not reducing. The bridge told the engine room that the port CPP was stuck ahead. Eventually, an engineer set the port CPP to zero using local control, but it was too late to stop the vessel running over mooring pontoons and grounding.

This report is one of many in our free online MARS database that is supported by our Nautical Affiliates. Please encourage your organisation to become a supporter of this vital resource.

NEW! Improved login for DP Accounts
Alexis platform logo

Applying for the first time for your DP certificate? Upgrading? Revalidating? Converting? Have a company account?

Try our new streamlined log in system.

Please note: If you are revalidating your DP Certificate, you already have an account with us. Do not open a new account when applying to revalidate your certificate as this could cause delays in your application.

If you are revalidating but have never had any login details, click here.

Plying an Ocean of paperwork
Capt Jamie Simpson

Member exclusive: Complying with ISM, ISPS and other mandatory codes and conventions takes up an increasing proportion of the mariner’s time. Speaking at the London Branch annual conference in April, Capt Jamie Simpson AFNI, Master of a shortsea ro-pax operating year-round between the UK and Ireland, explained what the ship needs to do month by month.

Annual drydocking is the first challenge, Capt Simpson said. In addition to crew, up to 150 contractors can be on board. They create a deluge of compliance paperwork, as each one has to provide a risk assessment method statement. The ship’s own risk assessments have to be renewed too.

Also needing close attention are environmental regulations, health and safety, security (ISPS), the Maritime Labour Convention and emissions controls while in drydock. Planned maintenance records must be updated, certificates renewed and preparations made for inspection by class.

The workload can be dramatically increased when the unexpected happens, Simpson noted. Man overboard (MOB) incidents are rare, but require an onboard investigation, including a review of CCTV coverage. As well as the ship’s incident report under ISM, separate reports must be compiled for accident investigators and the flag state. Details of the MOB incident also have to be passed to the police, P&I club and solicitors.

And that was just in the first quarter of the year! Login at www.nautinst.org to hear the rest of Capt Simpson’s talk (click on the ‘Presentations’ tab).

My Nautical Institute – Captain V S Parani FNI
Captain Parani

“The Nautical Institute helps me stay at the leading edge of the maritime industry – through meeting industry peers, its seminars and its publications.

My membership has been a great investment which has enriched me with professional knowledge and a valuable network.” Captain V S Parani FNI, Cyprus

Visit the Institute’s website to find out more about the advantages of becoming a member of The Nautical Institute. You can find full details of the different categories of membership and the corresponding subscription fees in our

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