Radar and AIS for Watchkeeping Officers (Hardback)
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Radar and AIS for Watchkeeping Officers (Hardback)

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Hardback 440 Pages / Published: 01/12/2012
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This book starts with a basic description of the workings of modern radars with a level of technological detail sufficient for deck officers of all grades. While the technology is changing rapidly the book, while briefly referring to the history of the development of radar, concentrates on the equipment to be found in a modern bridge suite. This includes the setting up, adjustments and controls of the radar receiver and also the plotting computer (ARPA). It deals comprehensively with the limitations of radar, ARPA and plotting aids in order to give the reader a full understanding of the capabilities of the equipment. AIS is dealt with in detail giving the reader both an overview of the system and its uses, and a more detailed description of the day to day shipboard use. The use of radar as a navigational aid is extensively covered particularly in the application of parallel indexing techniques and also concentric indexing for achieving controlled turns, something which is of great importance for manoeuvring large ships in confined waters, and also for cruise ship which cannot be heeled very much during turns. Drawing on several excellent works on collision avoidance, ship handling and the author's long experience as a lecturer and simulator instructor, the book covers radar/AIS as a collision avoidance tool. The working of New Technology (NT) radar is covered in an easily understood way. Such radar systems are likely to appear increasingly on the bridges of ships, but differ in many ways from conventional radar. Ships' officers must understand the implications which such new developments have on the radar 'picture' in front of them. Radar plotting is cover in the traditional way, but also in a way that links it to the displays on ARPA or plotting aid screens. Plotting exercises are included, both the traditional and also ones based on target vectors.

Publisher: Brown, Son & Ferguson Ltd
ISBN: 9781849270274
Number of pages: 440
Weight: 788 g
Dimensions: 220 x 155 x 25 mm


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Published by Brown, Son & Ferguson and written by Master Mariner Daire Brunicardi, this 440-page illustrated book has been produced for the officer on a bridge of a modern vessel fitted with modern equipment. Its emphasis is also on modern practices. Some mention is made of impending developments enabling the reader to prepare for new practices, or equipment. The author has written the book with the students at nautical schools and colleges in mind. These include all levels, from the cadet, or trainee, to those studying for a Master's certificate, or various nautical degrees, or other qualifications. It is also meant to be a reference work, which can be carried at sea, as for example, the requirements of STCW and of the relevant IMO model courses are given prominence. The author recognises the contribution of William Burger in the early days of radar training for commercial vessels, whose influence can still be seen and heard in lecturers' notes in nautical colleges today. This book looks at the fundamental technology behind the bridge display, but does not take radar in isolation as today it is integrated with other navaids to a greater, or lesser extent. Several pages are devoted to radar plotting, as a ship's officer should be able to plot and determine the risk of collision when automation is not available. It also helps to build up an appreciation of relative motion, so when viewing an ARPA, the data looks to be correct. Due to the many types of navaids on the market, a navigating officer must familiarise his or herself of the equipment on the bridge. This can take time and should not be undertaken while on watch, the author stressed. This book is claimed by the publishers to be written in a simple format, bearing in mind that for many officers, English is not their first language. It is also aimed at a new entrant into the nautical profession and thus jargon and obscure acronyms have not been used, except for the traditional nautical terms.

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