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Maritime Dictionary – Everything that Starts with Letter “E”

E - Code flag; I am altering my course to starboard. Sound signal; I am altering my course to starboard. 'E' - Time value that represents the westerly hour angle of a heavenly body from the point of definition of mean time. Local mean time added to 'E' is hour angle of body...

Specific Requirements for International Shore Connection

One of the most important firefighting components on board is the International Shore Connection. They are small but useful and have, what a like to call, a “VIP” (Very Important Purpose) status. It is very essential that even the big A’s may come looking for them. These...

Maritime Dictionary – Everything that Starts with Letter “D”

D - Code flag; Keep clear of me, I am manoeuvring with difficulty. Sound signal; Vessel with manoeuvring limitations in restricted visibility. D - Morse Code ▬ ● ● D flag + six numerals - Code flags; Date. D shacke - Shackle having its sides parallel to one another. D. F....

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What is a Notice of Readiness or NOR
Ships operate under specific rules of business. One of the terms you most often hear on board is N.O.R. or Notice of Readiness. This term is normally tossed over when the ship arrives in port either at the anchorage or in berth. I was a cadet back then when I...
Types of Marine Navigation – How Ships Find Their Way at Sea
Imagine yourself waking up in a little boat in the middle of the sea. You have no sight of land but the endless horizon around you. No buoys, no mountain tops, and even no other ships around. Worse, you don’t even know where you are. This is the life of a seafarer...
The IALA Buoyage Systems – Seafarer’s Aids to Navigation
Like traffic lights, road signs, markings, retro-reflectors, and early warning devices, seafarers also use similar arrangements in waterways aimed for the safety of navigation. We call them the IALA Buoyage Systems or the International Association of Marine Aids to...
How Does an Aneroid Barometer On Ships Work?
An Aneroid Barometer is a type of barometer that measures the weight of air or the atmospheric pressure. It comes from the Latin words “baros” which means weight, and “metron” which means measure.Air exerts weight on everything around us but we don’t feel them so...
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