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Maritime Dictionary – Everything that Starts with Letter “F”

F - Code flag; I am disabled, communicate with me. Morse code ● ● ▬ ●. F Region - 'Appleton Layer.' Face Piece - Timber on fore part of knee of head to allow for shortening of bolts and for simplifying fitting of main piece. Face Plate - A stiffening plate welded along the...

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...

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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...
Most Common Parts of a Merchant Ship and Their Functions
Merchant ships are the workhorse of the global economy. We build them in different types and sizes to accomplish specific tasks. They have been around for so many years from the age of wood up to the present. But, despite their diversity, merchant ships have common...
What is Beaching And Why Do Ships Do It?
Imagine you are out to sea in a small boat. The weather is fine and the tide is low. While enjoying the breeze, cruise, and booze, you notice that you are taking in water! After a few inspections, you observe a hole in the side of the hull. You try pumping it out but...
What is a Hydrostatic Release Unit and How Does it Work?
If you watched many ship-sinking movies before, you might have already indirectly seen a hydrostatic release unit in action. Movies or news about a sinking vessel sometimes mentions liferafts, fully inflated but without anyone inside. You may already hear of rescuers...
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