Seamanship Techniques - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780750663151

Seamanship Techniques

3rd Edition

Shipboard and Marine Operations

Authors: David House
Paperback ISBN: 9780750663151
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 14th August 2004
Page Count: 752


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This third edition presents the most thorough revision of Seamanship Techniques since first publication in 1987. Already recognised as one of the leading texts for cadet and serving seafarers of all ranks, this new edition covers all the seamanship knowledge required by students and experienced seafarers alike. Ideal for Merchant Navy Officers from Cadet rank to Master Mariner, the new edition incorporates the 2003 amendments to the Collision Avoidance Regulations and new material covering regulations and practice on cargo operations, survival systems, GMDSS requirements, watch keeping duties, rescue operations and pollution control, to name a few. Used by training establishments around the world this is the only reference to both shipboard practice and ship operations that seafarers will need.

Key Features

  • Well-established, well-known, well-liked, well-trusted; the fully comrehensive seamanship reference Covers all the knowledge required to take readers from Cadet to Master rank
  • Includes the 2003 revision to the Collision Avoidance Rules and fully aligned with the IMO STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) requirements


Academic Nautical college students from cadet to master level, and those studying for professional marine qualifications under the International Maritime Organisation STCW requirements ('Standards of Training and Watchkeeping'). This is the system, overseen by the IMO, which maintains international minimum standards of shipboard training and operation. STCW requirement are normally endorsed by a country's own marine qualifications, such as: · Cadet Induction Courses · Watch Keeping Certification of Competency · Chief Mate and Master Certificates (NVQ & HND) · HND Nautical Science · Officer of the Watch post HND · NVQ Marine Vessel Support · US DoT/Coast Guard merchant mariner licensing courses.

Professional Serving seafarers and Merchant Navy Officers; in particular those aiming for promotion to senior positions.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations; Part 1 - Shipboard Practice; The Ship; Anchor work; Ropework; Wirework and rigging; Lifting gear, Cargo and hatchwork; Survival craft and boat operations; Marine Survival Systems; Communications; Part 2 - Ship Handling; Watchkeeping duties; Marine instruments; Meteorology; Preventing collisions at sea; Marine Emergencies and non-Routine Operations; Fire-fighting Proceedures, Search and rescue operations; Ship handling; Tanker Work and pollution regulations; Appendices; Exercises; Indexes.


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About the Author

David House

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior lecturer in Nautical Studies at the Nautical College, Fleetwood, UK


"This second edition has been revised to incorporate recent amendments to the Collision Regulations... it allows mariners to benefit from the author's many years' experience, both as a lecturer and as a seafarer on many different types of vessel." Maritime Journal, 2001. "In part I the chapters on 'Wire work and rigging' and 'Lifting gear' are particularly good with very clear diagrams and descriptions. In part II the chapters on 'Preventing collisions at sea', 'Emergencies', 'Fire fighting' and 'Ship Handling' are all particularly worthy of mention, being extremely well written and lucid. This is an essential and practical guide for seamen..." Marine Engineer's Review, 1995