Masters Guide To Berthing

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A Master’s Guide to Berthing

Ship handling is an art rather than a science. However, a ship handler who knows a little of the science will be better at his art. Knowledge of the science will enable easy identification of a ship’s manoeuvring characteristics and quick evaluation of the skills needed for control.
This guide will help any ship handler to improve their skills.



1. Golden Rules of Berthing

2. Dock Damage and P&l Claims

3. Ship Factors that Affect Manoeuvring

4. Berthing in Wind

5. Effect of Current

6. Hydrodynamic Effects

7. Berthing without Tugs

8. Berthing with Tugs

9. Berthing with Anchors

10. Tugs and Pilots – Legal Issues

11. Master/Pilot Relationship

(Incorporating the ICS/lntertanko/OCIMF Guide)