February 8, 2022

General Cargo series | Part II | Voyage instructions

Welcome back to our series focusing on General Cargo ships. In this series, we are primarily talking about cargo operations onboard General cargo vessels which carry […]
January 24, 2022

General cargo series | Part I | Introduction

This series focuses on General cargo vessels and the specialized cargo which they carry. The general cargo vessels are built very differently compared to conventional bulk […]
September 4, 2021

How to fill up the NCB form used in grain loading?

I received a lot of requests for guidance on filling up NCB form required for grain loading. Today we will discuss the same. NCB form stands […]
August 1, 2021

Never ignore these nine things on Hatch Covers

Hatch Covers are probably one of the most critical items which requires optimum performance as far as the safe carriage of cargoes is concerned. The hatch […]
June 28, 2021

Hold cleaning standards you should know about

Hold cleaning is one of the most critical operation onboard. The kind, type, duration and level of cleaning will primarily depend upon the type of cargo […]
June 16, 2021

Everything you need to know about Grain Loading | Pre loading preparations | Part II

Let me start with a funny quote:   “Cleaning for grain cargo has no limits, you continue to clean till the very last day”   In […]
June 10, 2021

What causes a ship to turn?

Let me ask you a simple question. How does a ship (be it of any length or size) turn? Most of you will give me the […]
June 6, 2021

Everything you need to know about Grain Loading | Grain calculations | Grain Stability | Part I

So so so many requests for grain loading procedures and calculations. Here we are! Through this tutorial I will try to put an end to all […]
June 2, 2021

Not able to obtain all six drafts? Here what you should do!

This blog teaches how to obtain the sea side draft marks when you don't have access to them.
May 24, 2021
actions in case of cargo shift

What to do when the Cargo has shifted?

Actions in case of cargo shift. This topic is related to Container ships and ships carrying Project Cargoes Shifting of cargo is probably among the worst […]
April 30, 2021

5 things a Chief Officer should not overlook | Bulk Carrier

Best Bulk Carrier practices for Chief Officers The Chief officer on a ship is responsible for numerous operations onboard. From Cargo Work to Navigation and Ballast […]
November 1, 2020
the importance of vessel traffic service

The importance of Vessel Traffic Services

The Vessel Traffic Service is an essential service provided by a Shore authority in order manage the Ship traffic in their waters.  The sole purpose of […]
July 23, 2020
ventilate the Cargo Holds

How and when to ventilate the Cargo Holds?

This topic deals with the principles and procedures for carrying out Cargo Hold ventilation onboard Bulk Carriers. Ventilate the Cargo Holds: Ever wondered why water droplets […]
July 15, 2020
Tropical Revolving Storm

How to correctly plot the Tropical Revolving Storm (TRS)

Out at sea, one thing which concerns me the most as a Master is Weather. After all, we as seafarers are always at the mercy of […]
July 13, 2020
Contract of Affreightment

What is a Contract of affreightment?

A contract of affreightment is a contract between a ship owner and the charterer, in which the ship-owner agrees to carry goods for the charterer in […]
July 9, 2020
Compass rose

What exactly is a Compass ‘Rose’?

Navigation at sea cannot be imagined without a Compass. We all know how much indispensable it is onboard. But have you ever wondered why our Navigational […]
June 25, 2020
Marine Shipping Notices

What are M MSN MGN Notices?

For a ship out at sea, a numerous amount of information is required which could directly or indirectly effect her safety. This information could be related […]
May 25, 2020
morse code

The easiest way to learn the Morse Code

Morse code is not that complicated to learn as it seems at a first sight. It is still widely used in shipping industry and ships officers […]
May 17, 2020

Trimming calculations and procedures on bulk carriers

This post states the trimming calculations and procedures on board the bulk carriers. In relation to Bulk carriers, the word ‘trimming’ has two meanings. The first […]
April 27, 2020
Mooring ropes

How to maintain Mooring ropes on board ?

Marine fibre ropes form an integral part of all shipboard operations. From making the vessel fast at jetty to securing and lifting objects and from taking […]
April 25, 2020
capacity plan and deadweight scale

How to use Capacity Plan and Deadweight Scale?

Onboard every ship you must have been, I am sure you must have noticed a number of boxes containing numerous plans. And there are few plans […]
April 4, 2020
grain stability calculation curve

Grain Stability Calculation theory and drawing Grain Stability Curve

Grain is an important commodity which is carried onboard ships since ancient days. Right from the moment the Grain cargo is fixed for the vessel, the […]
April 3, 2020
marine clauses

Clauses of Marine Insurance and Charter Party – Part II

In this topic we shall discuss the remaining marine clauses enlisted below. For Part I of the same topic click here. Sue and Labor Clause Exception […]
April 3, 2020
clauses of marine insurance

Clauses of Marine Insurance & Charter Party – Part I

In this topic we shall discuss various clauses which are incorporated in Charter Parties, Bills of Lading and Marine Insurance. But let us first understand that […]
April 2, 2020
what are codes and conventions

What are Codes and Conventions, Treaty & Protocols

Most of the times i have realized that we as seafarers get all mind-boggled when it comes to hefty terms especially while studying Maritime Law, Conventions […]
April 2, 2020
ROR situations and COLREGS

ROR situations and COLREGS application

In this topic we shall come across few interesting ROR situations and shall state the best possible actions within the purview of COLREGS (International Regulations for […]
April 1, 2020
boat note

What is a Boat Note and where it is used?

This article explains what is boat note and where it is used. In some ports of the world, all the ships that arrive from high seas […]
April 1, 2020

Marine Salvage and Lloyds Open Form?

This blog focuses on what is Marine Salvage and Lloyds Open Form. The knowledge of Salvage and its related instruments is of critical importance to the […]
April 1, 2020
critical period in dry docking

What is Critical Period in dry docking and why it is called Critical?

Ever wondered what is critical period in ship’s dry docking and why it is called critical? Docking and Undocking are an integral part of any ship’s […]
March 30, 2020
Rudder Cycling

Rudder Cycling

Simply speaking Rudder Cycling is the application of full rudder on both sides alternately to reduce the speed of the ship. Rudder Cycling is one of […]
March 30, 2020
mooring winch

Mooring Winch Brake Testing on ships

Introduction Mooring winch brake testing on ships is one of the most crucial test carried out onboard. Winches are one of the most critical equipment on […]