5th Edition

Seamanship Techniques Shipboard and Marine Operations

By David House Copyright 2019
    922 Pages 782 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    922 Pages 782 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Seamanship Techniques is 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, this best seller is the only reference to both shipboard practice and ship operations that seafarers will need.

    Preface to the First Edition. Preface to the Fifth Edition. Acknowledgements. About the Author. Abbreviations 1. The Ship 2. Anchor Work (Fundamentals) 3. Ropework 4. Wirework and Rigging 5. Lifting Gear 6. Cargo and Hatchwork 7. Boatwork and Life-Saving Appliances 8. Survival Craft and Practice 9. Communications 10. Watchkeeping Duties 11. Marine Instruments Monitoring and Measurements 12. Meteorology 13. Preventing Collisions at Sea 14. Emergencies 15. Fire-Fighting 16. Search and Rescue Operations 17. Ship Handling: Equipment 18. Ship Handling: Manoeuvring and Mooring Operations 19. Tanker Operations 20. The Application of MARPOL and the Prevention of Pollution to the Marine Environment. Appendix I: Marnier’s Self Examiner. Appendix II: Officer of the Watch: Certificate of Competency. Appendix III: Chief Officer (First Mate): Certificate of Competency. Appendix IV: Ship’s Master: Certificate of Competency. Appendix V: Rule of the Road: Reference to the ColRegs and the IALA Buoyage System. Index


    David House has now written and published eighteen marine titles, many of which are in multiple editions. After commencing his seagoing career in 1962, he was initially engaged on general cargo vessels. He later experienced worldwide trade with passenger, container, ro-ro, reefer ships and bulk cargoes. He left the sea in 1978 with a Master Mariner’s qualification and commenced teaching at the Fleetwood Nautical College. He continues to write and research maritime aspects for future works.

    Captain Robert Hone - Plymouth University School of Marine Science and Engineering

    What are the strengths of the current edition?

    Very good comprehensive coverage of wide range of subjects.

    Excellent colour photographs

    Easy to understand diagrams – also in colour.

    Good notes in margin

    With regards to the content of the book in a new edition, which topics need to be updated or added to? Does anything need to be removed?

    A good "Mix" of Seamanship topics – hard to identify a thread – the book could be reduced into two volumes...but would this help? Its good to have eclectic range.

    Does it need the Rule of the road section? –this covered in several other books.

    Mark Shiner (and team) - Head of Maritime Studies, Orkney College

    What are the strengths of the current edition?

    As always this is an excellent reference work. Traditionally laid out and very easy to access. I have compared it with Witherby’s new book "21st Century Seamanship" and House is, in many respects, far better. The Wetherby book tries too hard, misjudges the depth needed in such a compendium work and leaves you thinking you have only had a taster. House goes that little bit deeper and seems to give confidence via its written style. You feel that you are getting paired down, solid seamanship with House’s book.

    With regards to the content of the book in a new edition, which topics need to be updated or added to? Does anything need to be removed?


    Dynamic Positioning.

    Alternatively fuelled vessels such as LNG,CNG and Hydrogen.

    Human Element Limitations and Management issues.

    Remove or annex:

    Aspects of seamanship which are no longer used or permitted.