Masters and officers of large ships seldom have the opportunity or the necessity to handle their own ships in confined quarters. This is the domain of the harbour pilot who acquires the art of ship handling by continual practice. However this book has not been written exclusively for pilots. It is necessary for ships’ officers to gain knowledge of ship handling as part of their career training and in order to give intelligent and correct answers to examination questions on the subject. Pilots, masters and ships’ officers will all find a wealth of information and advice in this book.