MASC 334: Nautical Science & Seamanship


General Ship knowledge: Ship cargoes, Merchant fleet, Marine research vessels. Classification societies, International load line, Ship tonnage, Shift of ship’s centre of gravity. Navigation: Earth, Mercator and gnomonic charts, other charts, chart datum, information from charts and publications. Distances: the nautical mile, the knot, position lines and position fixes, dead reckoning, estimated position, observed position. Chartwork exercises: Compass rose, gyro and magnetic compass courses. Running fixes: Taking of bearings and laying down courses, courses and distances made good. Field exercises: Practical seamanship, anchors and markings, ropes, tackles, knots, splices. First Aid, firefighting, swimming, snorkelling and diving.