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Can You Knot? 10 Widely Used Knots on Merchant Ships

Can You Knot? 10 Widely Used Knots on Merchant Ships

Seafarers tie knots everyday. From mooring, securing to working aloft, those jobs won’t be complete without the use of ropes. And because we use ropes in many forms and sizes on ships, knot tying is a skill every seaman must learn. Even my 65-year old Captain knows...
How to Become a Ship Captain in the Philippines

How to Become a Ship Captain in the Philippines

Becoming a ship captain involves lots of sacrifices in time, money and effort. The process is challenging because the job of commanding a vessel is serious. Due to that responsibility, the master of a ship is compensated greatly compared to other crew. A ship captain...
Standard Helm Orders, Meaning and Execution

Standard Helm Orders, Meaning and Execution

Understanding helm orders and rudder commands is one of the requirements in becoming a good helmsman. Since a vessel’s organization may constitute different nationalities, the IMO standardized oral commands for delivering wheel orders. If you plan on steering a ship,...
Types of Ship Rudders, Their Parts and Profiles

Types of Ship Rudders, Their Parts and Profiles

Rudders are an important part of a ship. They are installed on small motor boats to the biggest water crafts ever to sail the seas. It is a crucial component of the vessel’s steering system and the whole ship as well. A vessel could be burning or facing a heavy storm...

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