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  • Ship Handling
  • Ship Navigation
  • Ships'Electrical Systems
  • 21st Century Seamanship
  • Seamanship Notes
  • Seamanship Techniques, 5th Edition
  • The Seamanship Examiner

  • Pocket Book of Marine Engineering Q & A
  • The Complete Chief Officer
  • Mates/Masters Pocket Book
  • OOW Pocket Book
  • Ship Stability
  • Ship Stability for Masters and Mates, 7th Edition
  • Cargo Notes
  • Regulatory Primer for 2nd & Chief Engineers
  • Regulatory Primer for Mates & Masters
  • Ship Construction
  • Elements of Modern Ship Construction
  • Superyacht Master
  • Reeds Superyacht Manual. 3rd Edition
  • Working on Yachts and Superyachts
  • Unfazed Maritime Compliance

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    SHIP KNOWLEDGE. Ship Design, Construction and Operation
    By Klaas van Dokkum. Hardback, 1.66kg, 215mm x305mm, 384 pages, full colour photographs and illustrations, Published 2014.
    Ship Knowledge is the the book that tells you all about ships and shipping. The parts and systems which together form a modern ship are dealt with, from design drafts up to the finished construction, including paint systems and legal aspect.

    Detailed descriptions of the various subjects as well as the use of many drawings, pictures, and cross-section drawings, all in full colour, make the book perfectly readable for everybody interested in shipping.

    After reading this book you will no longer think of a ship as a dead object, but consider it a completely self-supporting entity embodying all the modern techniques also to be found in a small town.

    An indispensable book for anyone interested in modern shipping! Considering the ever growing number of foreign crew on board European vessels and in the offshore industry with consequently a growing demand for english language readers and textbooks.

    Ship Knowledge will certainly prove to be an asset, not only for use at nautical colleges, but as a work of reference for everyone employed afloat nowadays.

    NZ$190.00 + Delivery

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    By Herve Baudu. Dokmar. Hardback, 1.25 kgs, 215mm x 300mm, 308 pages. 2018. 2nd Edition.

    This book is divided into three sections. The first section describes the features of a ship and the different methods of manoeuvring it. The second section deals with the forces which influence the movement of a ship and the final section describes the factors which affect the ship during manoeuvres (mooring, sailing in shallows, manoeuvring in the docks, etc.). The emphasis is placed on external factors which can influence the manoeuvring characteristics of a ship. The initial approach is at a basic level, suitable for pilots in training, for example. The field of ship dynamics is then explored in more depth for seafarers with a greater knowledge of the subject. The book analyses all aspects of the manoeuvring features of ships on both open water and narrow waterways, with reference to the recommendations of the STCW Convention, which sets out the required manoeuvring abilities of helmsmen.

    NZ$150.00 + delivery.

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    By Herve Baudu. Dokmar. Hardback, 1.53 kgs, 215mm x 300mm, 304 pages. 2016. 1st Edition.

    This book teaches the art and science of navigating a ship from departure to destination without hitting the shore or shoals. The reader gets the flavour of the essential decisions that have to be taken daily in navigational work and how to arrive at the best choices

    The book deals with both traditional and modern methods of navigation. There is still a demand for what can be called “traditional” methods, as can be understood from an analysis of investigations into recent incidents of vessels running aground or colliding.
    The text deals with navigational problems and methods from a practical viewpoint and contains many pictures and step-by-step diagrams. This makes it easy for the reader to understand the situation when actually watch-keeping, as well as theoretical aspects of the problem at hand.

    In spite of – or perhaps because of - the abundance of sophisticated electronic aids to navigation available today, the “Human Factor” is still recognised as a major obstacle to safe navigation. Numerous examples from accident reports and investigations are provided and how this unpredictable element impacts on watch-keepers and their ability to navigate safely at all times.

    The combination of a text written by a Master Mariner with many years of watch-keeping experience on the high seas and coastal waters, combined with the excellent colour and black-and-white illustrations, makes this an essential text for every student of marine science. It will also appeal to many practising deck officers who want to keep up-to-date with the theory and practise of their important calling.

    NZ$150.00 + delivery.

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    By Rene Borstlap. Dokmar. Hardback, 1.00 kgs, 215mm x 300mm, 224 pages. 2011. 1st Edition.

    This book explains the electric installations in ships. From basic design via power generation, distribution to all consumers on board, automation, remote control systems, nautical equipment and communication systems are addressed as well as operation of the engineroom and the bridge.

    Intended for those readers who have little basic knowledge of the electrical installations in ships or only of onshore electrical installations.
    Onshore electical installations are sub-divided in power generation, high voltage distribution, switching, and low voltage distribution. These subjects are usually done by separate specialists. In a ship you have to understand the whole system.

    This book provides some simplified principles of electricity and the specific requirements for ships. After reading this book you will have a basic knowledge of the principles of electricity and the special application onboard ships.

    NZ$110.00 + delivery.

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    By Witherby Seamanship. Softcover, 1.95kg, 235mm x 158mm X 54mm, 1310 pages, Colour photographs with line drawings. Published 2015

    A career at sea or in a marine-related business requires amassing a terrific volume of knowledge and the art and practice of seamanship is perhaps one of the most encyclopaedic job descriptions there is. Many modern day seaman will hear talk of days gone by when no self-respecting Chief Officer would be without his Seamanship Manual. In recent decades, shipping seems to have moved at a tremendous pace and the need for a new up-to-date manual which captures such a broad scope in a single publication that appeals to the forward thinking seafarer is needed. This is exactly where this book, which has been ten years in the making, positions itself – a manual for the modern day seafarer in the 21st Century.

    This publication takes the traditional values of centuries of good seamanship and blends them with today’s reality.It provides a solid foundation of knowledge to all those operating, managing and manning today's merchant fleet.

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    NZ$275.00 + delivery.

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    By Witherby Seamanship. Angus Ferguson. Softcover. 0.43kg, 148mm x 210mm, 214 pages. Second Edition Reprinted 2019.

    This informative book is designed to support students working towards their Maritime and Coastguard Agency Certificate of Competency exams. It also serves as the ideal companion for any seafarer wishing to refresh or update their knowledge.

    Studying for any Certificate of Competency can be a daunting task, not made easier by the need to plough through weighty text books and legislative publications. The Seamanship Notes book provides a comprehensive and usable alternative.

    The book is split into sections that cover the following items:


  • Publications
  • Watchkeeping Procedures
  • Ship handling
  • Electronic Navigation Systems

    Cargo Handling And Stowage

  • Use & Care of Synthetic Fibre and Wire Ropes
  • IMO Conventions
  • Carriage of Goods
  • Use of Hydrometer

    Response to Emergencies:

  • Action in the event of emergencies onboard ship
  • Responding to a distress
  • LSA and FFA equipment carried onboard ships

    Onboard Ship Operations:

  • Key Legislation, MARPOL, STCW95
  • Garbage
  • Pollution
  • Watertight Integrity
  • Heavy Weather
  • Health and Safety
  • IMO Conventions

    NZ$100.00 + delivery.

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    SEAMANSHIP TECHNIQUES Fifth Edition, 2018/19 Combined Volume - Shipboard and Marine Operations.
    By D. J. House. 190mm x 245mm, 888 pages, monochrome photographs, drawings and plans.

    Ideal for Merchant Navy Officers from Cadet rank to Master Mariner, the fifth edition of this highly respected book is in full colour, and has been updated to include more information on topics as diverse as electronic navigation and AIS technology whilst still including essential information on subjects such as safety at sea, rescue operations, watchkeeping duties and pollution control. It covers international standards and works well on courses throughout the world.

    Written for serving mariners and nautical students from cadet to master level, studying for professional marine qualifications under the International Maritime Organization as per STCW requirements. Used by training establishments around the world.

    NZ$208.00 + delivery.

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    By David House. 0.6 Kgs, Pbk 156mm x 234 mm, 304 pages. 2nd Edition Published 2017. Includes CD-ROM
    This is a complete study and revision guide for the International Standards of Training, Certification and Watch Keeping (STCW).

    For all ranks and serving crew in the merchant marine, this study pack covers everything students need to revise when preparing for the oral assessment taken as part of the Deck Certificate of Competency at either junior or senior levels.

    Since publication of the first edition, there have been many new innovations throughout the industry. This guide is fully updated to reflect these changes and includes practice questions on International Safety Management (SM, Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) and the International Code for the Security of Ships and Port facilities (ISPS), as well as hundreds of additional tutorial questions throughout the book and accompanying interactive CD,

    This edition of the The Seamanship Examiner has been fully updated with the latest amendments to the COLREGS and is a trusted study aid for all international STCW Deck Officer candidates including Officer of the Watch, Chief mate and Master positions, plus those working coastal and inland waters in the fishing industry such as Deck Officers.

    NZ$135.00 + delivery.

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    By Witherby Seamanship. 120mm x 180mm, 350 pages, Line drawings.
    This pocketbook of marine engineering questions and answers will be invaluable to both students and trainers.

    The bold headings make it easy to locate a particular topic, and the clear and concise answers are ideal for revision and self-testing purposes. Covers Safety; Materials; Auxiliary machinery; Engine room systems; Ship construction; Steering gear; Shafting; Electrical; Electrical protection; Electrical safety; Instrumentation and control; Diesel engine theory and structure; Fuel systems; Combustion; Lubrication; Starting and manoeuvring safety; Boilers.

    NZ$65.00 + delivery.

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    ByWitherby Seamanship. Captain Michael Lloyd. Softcover, 0.41kg, 152mm x 235mm, 224 pages, black and white photos and line drawings. Published 2010
    This book is for the young officer aspiring to the position of Chief Officer, or one who has recently been promoted into the position. It is a practical book dealing in the ‘real world’ of the sea and ships rather than the theoretical, and it discusses the various problems that can be encountered as the Mate of a ship.

    NZ$120.00 + delivery.

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    MATES/MASTERS POCKET BOOK. By Witherby Seamanship. MacNeil's Seamanship Examiner. Paperback, 0.35 kgs, 120mm x 180mm, 268 pages. Reprinted 2014.

    The ideal companion for those studying for the Chief Mates or Master Mariners Certificates of Competency, particulary their Mates/Masters Oral examinations

    Preparation for examinations and study that cover the wide subject of Seamanship is made easier with this pocket book of seamanship oral questions. Designed for self study, with a colleague or a small group this little book packed with over 500 self assessment questions makes the ideal study companion

    NZ$70.00 + delivery.

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    OOW POCKET BOOK. ByWitherby Seamanship. MacNeil's Seamanship Examiner. Paperback, 0.21 kgs, 120mm x 180mm, 153 pages. Reprinted 2014.

    Designed to benefit those studying towards their OOW (Deck) Certificate of Competency. This pocket sized primer covers questions on seamanship, cargo and typical ship operations.

    Preparation for examinations and study that cover the wide subject of Seamanship is made easier with this pocket book of seamanship oral questions. Designed for self study, with a colleague or a small group this little book packed with over 500 self assessment questions makes the ideal study companion.

    NZ$50.00 + delivery.

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    By Dokmar. Klaus Van Dokkum et al. Hardback, 0.93kg, 215mm x 305mm, 176 pages.Colour Photos, line drawings, computerised renditions. With CD ROM disc. 5th edition. Published 2013

    Stability is a difficult concept to define. The idea of a stable character is readily grasped, although it is harder to put into words. The same applies to the notion of a stable ship, as stability is an intangible and complex entity. Nevertheless, it plays an extremely important role in navigation. If a ship is unstable, there is immediate danger to ship, crew, passengers and the environment. Therefore, stability regulations have been established for all types of ships. Every crewmember of every type of ship is well versed in this domain.

    The strength of this book is that stability is made visible, accessible and understandable for everyone through the many photos, figures and drawings contained within. It is highly suitable for all levels of professional training as well as for those involved with pleasure craft.

    Chapters include:

  • Transverse Stability
  • Longitudinal Stability
  • Damage Stability
  • Stability While Underway
  • Drydocking/ Running Aground
  • Special Types of ships
  • Stability Software
  • Hydrostatic particulars

    NZ$75.00 + delivery.

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    By C.B.Barrass and D.R. Derrett, Paperback, 1.02kgs, 190mm x 235mm, 567 pages, monochrome diagrams. Published 2012
    The leading book on ship stability - essential reading for maritime engineers, seafarers, and students alike.

  • Established, well-known text covering all aspects of ship stability and squat, interaction and trim, ships motions and quadrature.
  • Numerous worked examples and clear diagrams, graphs, and equations assist with the understanding and application of this critical subject.
  • Updated throughout to include new shipping industry developments and regulations, with 9 new chapters, the latest ship stability datasheets, and new sample exam questions.
    This book provides a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of ship stability to assist masters, mates, and engineering officers with qualifications and professional practice.

    Established internationally as a go-to resource for naval architecture students, shipboard officers, dry-dock personnel, ship surveyors, and marine consultants, the seventh edition of this classic text is an essential reference to a critical topic for all maritime students and professionals, seafairing or land-based.

    NZ$125.00 + delivery.

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    CARGO NOTES. By Witherby Seamanship. Dhananjay Swadi. Paperback, 0.30 kgs, 120mm x 180mm, 216 pages. Published 2013. 2nd Edition.

    The revised 2nd Ed. of "Cargo Notes" gives ships officers clear explanation on the key sections of the Cargo Syllabus for Deck Officers/OOW. The book provides key points and summaries on all relevant Legislation and Codes, and an Operational Overview for all of the main cargo types, from Bulk Carriers, RoRos, Reefers and Containers through to Tankers and Liquefied Gas Carriers.

    Studying for any Certificate of Competency can be a daunting task, not made easier by the need to plough through weighty textbooks and legislative publications. Cargo Notes provides a comprehensive and usable alternative.

    This title is split into two sections that cover both dry and liquid cargoes.

    NZ$80.00 + delivery.

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    REGULATORY PRIMER FOR 2ND & CHIEF ENGINEERS. ByWitherby Seamanship. Paperback, 0.15 kgs, 120mm x 180mm, 131 pages. 10th Edition 2019/2020

    For those offices preparing for a new Certificate and for existing 2nd and Chief Engineers, this pocketbook brings you right up to date with current and new maritime regulations. Presented as questions and answers with supporting notes.

    Revised and expanded content for 2019/2020 including:

  • Recent amendments to SOLAS
  • Recent amendments to MARPOL
  • MLC and STCW updates
  • Security Questions, including ISPS Code
  • Port State Control
  • Ship Certificates and Recordkeeping
  • Explanation of IMO Codes and Conventions
  • Ballast water management
  • Bunkering
  • Machinery Space safety procedures

    NZ$48.00 + delivery.

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    REGULATORY PRIMER FOR MATES AND MASTERS. ByWitherby Seamanship. Paperback, 0.15 kgs, 120mm x 180mm, 135 pages. 10th Edition 2019/2020.

    For those offices preparing for a new Certificate and for existing Mates & Masters, this pocketbook brings you right up to date with current and new maritime regulations. Presented as questions and answers with supporting notes.

    Revised and expanded content for 2019/2020 including:

  • Recent amendments to SOLAS
  • Recent amendments to MARPOL
  • MLC and STCW updates
  • Security Questions, including ISPS Code
  • Port State Control
  • Ship Certificates and Recordkeeping
  • Explanation of IMO Codes and Conventions
  • Cargo related questions
  • Ballast water management
  • Salvage and Place of refuge

    NZ$48.00 + delivery.

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    By D J Eyres & G J Bruce. Softcover, 153mm x 230mm, 0.56 kg. 388 pages. 7th Edition

    Understand ship construction from start to finish with this comprehensive, clear and readable introduction.

  • The only book to cover the basics of ship construction and production in a concise and readable manner for students, newcomers to the industry and those needing a working knowledge outside of their existing core specialism.
  • Covers the complete ship construction process, including the development of ship types, materials and strengths, welding and cutting, and ship structures, with numerous clear line diagrams for ease of understanding.
  • Includes the latest developments in marine technology, including extended chapters on materials and ship building technology.

    Acting as both a professional reference on current approaches in shipyard practice and a comprehensive introduction for students in any marine discipline.

    This new edition includes recent advances in computer-aided design and manufacture, plus updated international regulations for ship types, new materials, fabrication technologies, safety practic and shipyard technology.

    NZ$125.00 + Delivery

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    By David J. House. Hardback, 297mm x 210mm, 368 pages.
    This latest book by David House is an extensively illustrated work covering all aspects of ship design and construction.
    Continual changes in the history of ship design have been brought about by the needs of trade, class and legislation. This current work provides a glossary of shipyard terminology and shipboard elements up to the 21st century.
    The work shows detailed aspects of virtually all of today?s shipping arms, inclusive of: Container and Roll-On Roll-Off vessels, Liquid Cargo tankers, Bulk Carriers, Passenger and Dry Cargo ships. Shipboard measurements, together with operational features are well illustrated and detailed throughout.
    The fore and aft, working ends of the vessel, with their anchors and mooring patterns are clearly depicted. Propeller detail and various rudder options being included alongside specific shipyard practice.
    This work provides positive insight to the working areas of the ship, namely the cargo hatch areas, mooring decks, machinery and propulsion elements of the working vessel. The now more familiar use of aluminium, ceramics and composites are also illustrated in and around the arena of ship building.
    Modern tankers, with double hulls, large car carriers with their multi-decks, and majestic passenger vessels have all been incorporated to give an extended overview of today's commercial shipping.

    NZ$203.50 + Delivery

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    By Robert Avis. Pbk, 172mm x 245mm, 218 pages, full colour illustrations and drawings.
    Superyacht Master covers the requirements of the navigation and radar modules of the Officer of the Watch (Yachts) Certificates required for captains and crew of commercial yachts over 24m and under 3,000 tons. It is an invaluable reference book for those undertaking a deck career in the superyacht industry or in similar sized commercial craft.
    The late Robert Avis had more than 350,000 miles at sea and command experience of eleven warships and six superyachts up to 75m. He regularly taught navigation and radar at this level both in the UK and overseas, and prepared students for their oral exams. He is also the author of Using Radar.

    NZ$60.00 + delivery.

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    By James Clarke. Flexibound, 165mm x 240mm, 406 pages.
    Reeds Superyacht Manual, published in association with Bluewater Training, is the first and the best reference manual for everyone involved with yachts large and small, under sail or power, from deckhands to skippers and owners.
    There is extensive coverage for leisure and professional yachtsmen including:

  • Key information for all required courses at all levels from STCW crew basic training through RYA Yachtmaster Offshore to MCA Officer of the Watch (Yacht).
  • Comprehensive treatment of : safety, sea survival, first aid, fire fighting, navigation, seamanship, meteorology, marine radio and general ship knowledge.
  • An additional section on marine law, including international and flag state requirements.
  • An easy guide to the Collision Regulations, as well as their full text.
    Well illustrated and user-friendly, this is the complete reference for all those involved with commercial and private yachts worldwide.

    NZ$80.00 + delivery.

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    Working on Yachts and Superyachts. 4th Edition 2013
    By Jennifer Errico. Paperback, 0.68 kgs, 215mm x 278mm, 278 pages. Published 2013.
    This book, in it's fourth edition, is a must read, comprehensive look at the luxury yacht industry from the perspective of working as crew on board. Not only does it discuss what the industry involves, but how it works. Whaat qualifications and/or paperwork are required for crew, what jobs are available and where, when and how to find them. It will also give you a real insight into what living on board is really like and includes information from crew working in yachting, giving up-to-date and sound advice.

    It is not a training manual for safety at sea and it is not a "how to" book on sailing. It is an in depth look at the jobs in particular entry level positions of steward/stewardess, deckhand and chef and crew chef.

    This book gives anyone with a taste of 'wanderlust' an idea of what it is really ike to live and work in one of the most exclusive, jet-set industries on earth.

    Was NZ$60.00 + delivery.

    Now NZ$15.00 + delivery.

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    By Carol Forsyth. Pbk, 145mm x 210mm, 35 pages. 0.10. 2019
    Maritime Operator Safety System.
    Handbook for NZ's Maritime Transport Operators.

    This booklet endeavours to explain how to operate under the Maritime Operator Safety System in a simple and easy to understand format.

    NZ$55.00 + delivery.

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