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February - March 2019 
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The Navigator: Issue 20 - Navigation Assessment
The Navigator Magazine
Assessments, ahoy!

The importance of navigation assessments and why they are different from audits is the focus of the twentieth issue of The Navigator, available now in print and online. 

Packed with useful insights and advice, articles include a review of what happens during a navigation assessment by experienced assessor, Captain Mark Bull FNI, and a feature explaining why assessments are so crucial from Captain Yves Vandenborn AFNI of The Standard Club.

Serving OOW, Boris Petkov, gives his personal experiences of undergoing an onboard assessment, while Dr Andy Norris FNI of the Royal Institute of Navigation examines why the method works best when it is a two-way process.

David Patraiko, Director of Projects for The Nautical Institute, said: "As professionals, we all want to be the best navigators we can be to ensure safety, environmental protection and the commercial success of our companies. One of the best ways of refining our skills is to be mentored by those who observe us and can offer suggestions for improvement."

To read this milestone edition, you can download The Navigator app or find it online 
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Practice and progress with NI short courses 
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Have you taken one of our professional short courses yet? 

The Nautical Institute offers a range of training courses on key topics to help you enhance your skills: 

Assessing Behavioural Competence Onboard - NEW 
Seafarer training is vital. But how do you know it has been successful? Onboard assessment will tell you whether lessons have really been learned and are being applied. This two day, instructor-led course provides best practice guidance for those engaged in the assessment of seafarers onboard. 

Marine Incident Investigation and Analysis - NEW 
Carrying out an investigation of a near miss or onboard incident is an important task for many senior people in the marine industry. But how do you go about conducting that investigation? This course uses practical examples and in-depth discussion to lead you through the entire process. 

Improving Performance Through the Human Element - NEW 
Understanding how human beings operate, and their physical and psychological limitations, affects every aspect of life onboard a ship. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the complex interactions between humans, technology and systems to increase safety and improve best practice on board. 

The Nautical Institute's Navigation Assessor
How can you improve safety? How do you conduct a navigation assessment? How would you prepare an effective report? This course provides practical information on the many elements of navigation assessments. It is suitable for a range of maritime professionals, including marine consultants, surveyors and managers.

All courses are taught by experts with years of experience in their field. 

To find out more and book your place, please contact
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Sudden departure creates snapback danger
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Once again, one of our MARS reports highlights the importance of maintaining situational awareness and good communication between vessels.

A cruise ship was backing into its berth and had already put several of its lines ashore preparatory to mooring port-side to and bow out. Just 30m away, another cruise ship moored starboard-side to, let go of its lines and departed without warning. The hydrodynamic interaction caused the newly arrived ship to surge ahead.

Had the spring lines been secured they might have parted under the sudden strain and snapped back, with potentially devastating, even deadly, effect.

Fortunately, the arrived ship's bridge team had noticed the neighbouring vessel's departure preparations and were aware of the risk. As our MARS report 201916 notes, 'One cannot always count on the bridge teams of nearby vessels to exercise good and safe seamanship.'

More details can be found in the report, which forms part of the large and valuable MARS database. It's free to read online thanks to the support of our Nautical Affiliates, so do encourage your organisation to contribute to keeping this vital resource active for the benefit of us all.
Book of the Month: Human Performance and Limitation for Mariners 
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A system of examinations for aviation pilots in human performance and limitation has produced great advances in safety for that sector. 

This book introduces the concept to seafarers so that they can understand their own limitations and make the best use of their abilities in the challenging shipboard environment. 

Those who are responsible for the design, management and operation of ships and their systems must also take account of seafarers' capabilities, skills, limitations and needs.

This book looks at the realities of living and working onboard and explains how recognising human limitations can enhance performance, safety and job satisfaction. 

Practical guidance is given on how the mind works; fatigue, workload and stress; building competency and confidence; and cultural understanding. For those at sea and for owners and managers ashore it makes sense that seafarers can follow a healthy way of life and are educated to do so. 

The book includes: 
  • The ship and its environment 
  • Living onboard 
  • Working onboard 
  • Cultural and organisational issues. 
For the month of March Human Performance and Limitation for Mariners is available at the discounted price of £33.00. If you would like to place an order, please email: 

Support the development of women in maritime 
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Based in Lancashire, Fleetwood Nautical Campus provides further and higher education for those seeking a career in the maritime sector. 

Over recent years, it has facilitated and supported an initiative known as the Female Forum, which involves regular sessions promoting information about life at sea for its female community.

Inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals and IMO World Maritime Day 2019 theme Empowering Women in the Maritime Industry and the success of the Female Forum, the Campus is currently undertaking a review of the support provided to women within the industry.

This will begin with a short feedback survey aiming to identify specific challenges faced by women in the sector, before exploring what assistance or guidance can be provided.

The results will help organisations identify how they can better support women in industry throughout their career and beyond.

If you are a woman in the maritime sector, you can complete the survey 
A deadly delayed reaction 
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Serious injuries can be deceptive. Sometimes, for example, there is nothing to see on the surface and nothing much may appear to be wrong. That's particularly true of internal injuries. Their dangers should never be underestimated, either by the Master or by the injured person themselves, as the following MARS report 201920 shows.

Just before departure, a portable gangway was being brought on board using the hose-handling crane, but it became stuck on the vessel's railing. The chief officer went to take a look, but as he did so, the hooks suddenly released and the gangway struck him in the abdomen.

At the next port of call, the chief officer was brought to a hospital for examination. Even though a scan showed internal bleeding, he insisted on returning to the ship. On board, his condition deteriorated and on the third day medical assistance was called. By the time a paramedic arrived, however, the man was dead.

We need these vital maritime safety messages to reach more people, and the scheme 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 - the MARS database.
Enjoy easy access to our publications 
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Read Seaways and The Navigator on the move with our handy mobile apps.

Providing instant access to all the latest in maritime developments and Institute news, our apps help you stay on the pulse of what's happening whether at sea or ashore.  

If you haven't accessed them already, simply type in the name of the publication and download them from the App Store.

(Please note that the Seaways app is only available to NI members)
The Nautical Institute at The IMO 
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In 2018, thirteen IMO Committee and Sub-Committee meetings were attended, representing our membership on various matters which are aligned with our Strategic Plan for 2016 - 2020.

Updates include: 
  • On 1 January 2020, the 0.5% sulphur limit will come into force 
  • Amendments to the Ballast Water Management Convention will enter into force in October 2019
  • There is development and progress on MASS (maritime autonomous surface ships), which is currently undergoing a scoping exercise with a target of 2023
  • At the IMO NCSR6 meeting early this year, the S-Mode, which was presented to IMO by The NI in 2007, evolved into a detailed Guidelines for the standardisation of user interface design for navigation equipment, with the Institute remaining prominent in its evolution. 1 January 2024 is the implementation date for main navigation systems including radar, ECDIS and INS
  • The NI is currently engaged in cross industry working groups dealing with revision of the Guidelines for Vessel Traffic Services, Maritime Corruption and Safe Mooring Practices.
Complimentary logbook with NI membership 
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Those who are currently applying for their DP certificate (new or revalidating) have the opportunity to sign up for membership with no joining fee and get a complimentary revalidation logbook. 

Holders of The NI DP certificate automatically qualify for Nautical Institute membership. 

Here's how Captain Kuba Szymanski FNI feels about his membership: 

"I joined The Nautical Institute only when I started my shore job. Far too late, I am afraid. I wish someone could have advised me earlier. There is so much I owe the NI and I wish I had been part of this great professional body when still at sea."
Help make your Institute stronger 
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Would you like to contribute to the growth of our international maritime community?

Introducing a friend to the many benefits of NI membership is a fantastic way to make your mark. 

Not only will referral improve our service to existing members, but it will also help your fellow seafarers flourish. 

Some of the many benefits of membership include: 
  • A 30% discount on all Nautical Institute books and self-study schemes
  • Having your voice heard at the IMO, IALA and other key forums on important policy issues
  • Networking opportunities with colleagues, prospective employers and customers at local Institute branch events and seminars
  • A free online training course every 12 months, courtesy of KVH Videotel
  • A monthly copy of Seaways, the Institute's highly respected international journal. 
Start the conversation today!
DP revalidation reminder 
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Dynamic positioning operators are reminded that 2019 is the final year of the transition period for revalidation.

From 1 January 2020, those who have not revalidated by the end of 2019 will have their certificate shown as not valid on The Nautical Institute's DP certificate lookup and revalidating may require additional requirements.

Find out more on our Alexis Platform
Book of the month
Book of the Month:

Human Performance and Limitation For Mariners 
Full price: £55.00 
March price: £33.00
Principles of Navigation book
April Book of the Month:

The Admiralty Manual of Navigation, Vol 1: Principles of Navigation, 11th edition 
Full price: £145.00 
April price: £87.00
Handling Ships In First-Year Ice
Handling Ships in First-Year Ice 

Full price: £55.00
NI Member price: £38.50
10+ copies: £33.00
Improving Ship Operational Design book
Improving Ship Operational Design 

Full price: £60.00
NI Member price:  £42.00
10+ copies: £36.00
Events guide (discounts for NI members)
The Institute has a network of over 70 branches and development contacts worldwide and many organise local events, some of which may not be listed below. Check with your local Nautical Institute branch for details of their activities.

CPD certificates are provided at many Nautical Institute events - please check with the event organiser.

13 - 15 March - 1st World Congress on Maritime Heritage
Sentosa, Singapore

13 March - SE Australia Branch - Ocean Drones and Unmanned Surface Vessels
Fairmount Restaurant, first level, The Occidental Hotel 43 York Street, Sydney

14 -15 March - Ireland Branch - Ports & Pilots: today's challenges
National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy, Cork

14 March - 
Digital Ship - Vessel Performance Optimisation Forum (NI members receive a 30% discount)
Carob Mill Restaurants Ltd Vasilissis Street, Limassol, 3042 Cyprus

16 March - Bangladesh Dhaka Branch - Mariners get-together and cultural night
Banani Club Ltd, 105 & 109/F, Road 1, Banani, Dhaka-1213 

19 March - North of Scotland Branch - Learning from Accidents: The Costa Concordia Case
Woodbank House, North Deeside Road, Cults, Aberdeen AB15 9PN

20 March - Iberia Branch - Meeting
Clube De Oficiais Da Marinha Mercante, Lisbon 

20 -22 March - Green Ship Technology Europe (NI members receive a 20% discount)
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen

21 March - North East England Branch - The Evolution of Propulsion Machinery from 1840 to 1980
Trinity House, Newcastle

26 March - New Zealand Branch - Ports of Auckland: The 20 year plan
The Maritime Room, NZ Maritime Museum, Quay Street, Auckland

29 March - North East England Branch - Annual Dinner Dance 

1 April - RINA: IMO's Strategy to Reduce GHG Emissions from Ships 
HQS Wellington, London, UK

2 April - Arctic Shipping Forum (NI members receive a 25% discount)
Paasitorni Congress Centre, Helsinki

2 April - Cutty Sark 150 challenge
Cutty Sark, Sammy Ofer gallery

3 April - Belgium Branch - Lunch Meeting
Resto Marcel, Antwerp, Belgium

9 - 11 April - CrewConnect Europe (NI members receive a 20% discount)
Empire Riverside Hotel, Hamburg

12 April - UAE Branch - NI Marine Ball
Hyatt Regency, Deira Corniche

16 April - North of Scotland Branch - Marine Responsible Person
Woodbank House, North Deeside Road, Cults, Aberdeen 

16 April - NW England & N Wales Branch - L2 Pilotage
LJMU Room 136A

25 April - North East England Branch - Operational support for offshore installation
'L' Block Lecture Theatre, South Tyneside College, South Shields 

8 - 9 May - Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology (NI members receive a discount)
London, UK

9 May - North East England Branch - 87th Andrew Laing lecture - The design and construction of the 'RRS Sir David Attenborough' 
Armstrong Building, Newcastle University

14 - 15 May - Tugnology 2019
ACC Liverpool

15 May - Singapore Branch - dealing with tomorrow's challenges today
Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore

16 May - NW England & N Wales Branch - "Lookout - by any means"
Fleetwood Nautical Campus, FY7 8JZ

20 - 21 May - Marine Incident Investigation and Analysis Course - Rotterdam (NI members receive a discount!)
Rotterdam, Netherlands
21 May North of Scotland Branch AGM
Woodbank House, North Deeside Road, Cults, Aberdeen 

22 - 24 May - Canada British Columbia Branch - Arctic Shipping Challenges 2019
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

12 - 13 June - 
Nautical Institute AGM & International Seminar 2019 - Shiphandling
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Hong Kong

12 - 14 June - 13th International Conference on "Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation" TransNav 2019
Gdynia, Poland

15 June - North of Scotland Branch - Sociable branch outing

15 - 18 June - World Maritime Rescue Congress (WMRC) 2019
Vancouver Convention Centre East Building, Vancouver

19 - 20 June - East Med Maritime Conference (NI members receive a 25% discount) 
Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand Hotel Charles De Gaullet St. Horsh Tabet, Beirut 55555, Lebanon

26 - 27 June - 3rd Ballast Water Management Conference (NI members receive a 15% discount)
Houston, Texas, USA

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Thank you to all those supporting our MARS safety scheme
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