Voyage Planning

A safe and executable Voyage Plan is the aim of every deck officers, to safely navigate the ship from one port to another. I have discussed from my previous post “How to make a Voyage Plan“, the basic things that you need on making your Voyage Plan. I will be discussing today at Pinoy Maritime,…

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Statutory Publications

I will enumerate for you the “Statutory Publications” commonly found on board the ship. The “Ship’s Library” must contain the following books and it must be known to all crew. But the problem is that, some Deck Officers or Crew doesn’t even know that it exists. The following list is for your future reference. I’ll…

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Weekly Notices to Mariners

A Notice to Mariners is normally issued on board the ship on a weekly basis. It contains vital information regarding changes affecting the charts, nautical publications, and other publication on board the ship. On other companies that are signed up to Thomas Gunn, Kelvin Hughes, etc., this provides the updates of the charts and publications…

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Search and Rescue Transponder

The Search and Rescue Transponder or SART is a device that assists the location of a ship or a survival craft in distress if in case they have abandoned ship. The SART will respond only to a 9GHZ ( X-Band, 3cm ) Radar. It should be checked every month. Activate the SART and check in…

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Bridge Procedures and Guide

As I have said in my post “How to make a voyage plan“, I mentioned there about the book Bridge Procedures Guide. I was trying to look for a free download so you can have an overview of it, but I can’t find any in the net. I’ll just list down for you its contents…

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Revealing the secrets onboard the Ship

A sophisticated equipment known as the Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) can determine the past actions or movements of the ship in the event of an accident. It serves as the ship’s “Black Box” if you would compare it to an airplane. How would a Voyage Data Recorder help us in terms of safety? Many accidents…

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10 common reasons why seafarers quit shipboard job

A cadet on a maritime school aspires to become a good seafarer someday. With his learned knowledge he strives to embark onboard a ship in a good company. Working onboard the ship for more than 6 months even up to 1 year gives him a chance to upgrade his profession and for possible promotion as…

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A worsening problem with visa for seafarers

Upon arrival at port a seafarer would normally finished his job and turn over his duties in order to go ashore. After a 15 to 27 days of voyage at sea, we normally get excited whenever we see land. Putting aside the idea of having a visa, a typical seafarer would normally ask permission to…

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The common mistakes why we don’t receive a straight and honest reports

With the new generation of seafarers and an increasing awareness regarding safety, we can consider the maritime industry as one of the safest job. With the implementation of ISM, reports are documented and signed by the crew onboard the ship. But to some extent, the reports that we read may or may not be an…

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Does all ship benefits from Port State Control Inspections?

Before we answer that question, let us know first what a Port State Control Inspection is. P.S.C. is the inspection of foreign ships in other national ports by PSC officers (surveyors) for the purpose of verifying that the competency of the master and officers onboard, the condition of a ship and its equipment comply with…

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