Radar and ARPA Manual

Radar, AIS and Target Tracking for Marine Radar Users


  • Alan Bole, Radar/ARPA nautical consultant and former Principal Lecturer in Navigation Systems at Liverpool John Moores University, UK
  • Alan Wall, Subject Head of Maritime & Logistics at Liverpool John Moores University and Co-Director of LOOM (the LJMU marine research institute), UK.
  • Andy Norris, Technical Committee Chair, Royal Institute of Navigation and Special Professor of Navigation Technology, University of Nottingham, UK

This fully revised new edition covers the complete radar/ARPA installation and serves as the most comprehensive and up-to-date reference on equipment and techniques for radar observers using older and newer systems alike. Suitable for use as a professional reference or as a training text, the book covers all aspects of radar, ARPA and integrated bridge systems technology (including AIS, ECDIS and GNSS) and their role in shipboard operations. It is a valuable resource for larger vessels and also covers the needs of leisure and amateur sailors for whom this technology is now accessible.

Radar and ARPA Manual provides essential information for professional mariners, including those on training courses for electronic navigation systems and professional certificates internationally. Reference is made throughout to IMO (International Maritime Organization) Performance Standards, the role of radar in navigation and in collision avoidance, and to international professional and amateur marine operations qualifications.

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Professional mariners, port, ship & boat managers ashore, leisure industry users, boat & shipbuilders, yacht skippers, naval architects, ship equipment specifiers, maritime lawyers, port & harbour authorities, marine equipment manufacturers, and command level marine students studying for deck and navigation qualifications.


Book information

  • Published: December 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-097752-2


"...There is no doubt in my mind that this book has had more influence on radar specification and operational practice than any other." - Seaways

Table of Contents



1. Basic Radar Principles

2. The Radar System - Operational Principles

3. Target Detection

4. Automatic Target Tracking, Specified Facilities

5. ARPA and ATA - Additional Facilities

6. The Radar System - Operational Controls

7. Radar Plotting Including Collision Avoidance

8. Navigation Techniques Using Radar and ARPA/ATA

9. ARPA and ATA - Accuracy and Errors

10. Ancillary Equipment

11. Extracts from Official Publications