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The Nautical Institute has MOUs with the following Organisations

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Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology

RINA Logo The Royal Institution of Naval Architects
IALA New International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities
HELMEPA logo The Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association
IHMA logo The International Harbour Masters’ Association
CHIRP Logo Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme
GlobalMet Logo Global Maritime Education & Training Association
SNI logo The Singapore Nautical Institute

The Nautical Institute has an agreement with the RN to publish declassified books that are considered to be of value to the wider maritime world. Click on the RN logo to contact the publications department for more details



The MAIB examines and investigates all types of marine accidents to or on board UK ships worldwide, and other ships in UK territorial waters. The sole objective of MAIB accident investigations is to determine the circumstances and causes of the accident with a view to preserve life and avoid accidents in the future, not to apportion blame or liability.
The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent Federal agency charged by Congress with investigating every civil aviation accident in the United States and significant accidents in the other modes of transportation -- railroad, highway, marine and pipeline -- and issuing safety recommendations aimed at preventing future accidents.
ATSB is an operationally independent body within the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government and is Australia's prime agency for transport safety investigations.
TSB is an independent agency created to advance transportation safety through the investigation of occurrences in the marine, pipeline, rail and air modes of transportation.
MAIIF is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to the advancement of maritime safety and the prevention of marine pollution through the exchange of ideas, experiences and information acquired in marine accident investigation. Its purpose is to promote and improve marine accident investigation, and to foster cooperation and communication between marine accident investigators. MAIIF links to international accident investigation organisations, many of which publish accident reports online.


International Maritime Organization (IMO) - is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships - Safer Shipping, Cleaner Oceans
International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) -  to ensure that seafarers are provided with effective and harmonised marine Aids to Navigation services
International Group of P&I Clubs - The International Group of P&I Clubs brings together the collective influence of the mutual clubs as a force for security and stabiliyt in international maritime trade..
Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST)- To promote the scientific development of marine engineering among its members
International Federation of Shipmasters' Associations (IFSMA) - unites the World's serving Shipmasters into a single professional co-ordinated body. It is a non-profit making apolitical organisation dedicated solely to the interest of the serving Shipmaster. "Unity for Safety at Sea"
International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) -Dedicated to safe ships and clean seasIACS makes a unique contribution to maritime safety and regulation through technical support, compliance verification and research and development.
International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) - the international trade association for merchant ship operators
InterManagerInterManager is the international trade association for the shipmanagement industry.
INTERCARGO - International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners
INTERTANKO The International Association of Independent Tanker Owners
OCIMF - Oil Companies International Marine Forum
The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) - comprising a membership of a broad range of stakeholders with vested interests in the shipping industry, including ship-owners, managers, brokers and agents
International Underwriting Association of London (IUA) - The world's largest representational organisation for international commercial insurers and reinsurers.
International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) - Promoting the interest of ports worldwide through strong member relationships, collaboration and information-sharing.
International Association of Institutes of Navigation (IAIN) - Uniting national and multinational institutes and organizations which aim to foster human activities at sea, in the air, in space and on land
International Maritime Pilots' Association (IMPA) - Promoting professional standards of pilotage worldwide
European Marine Pilots Association (EMPA) - to facilitate the exchange of information between its members in order to continuously improve the professional and technical proficiency of maritime pilots in the EU and surrounding countries. .
International Standards Organization (ISO) - Develop and publish international standards.
International Salvage Union (ISU) - Member companies provide essential services for the world's maritime and insurance communities
World Maritime University (WMU) - The international forum for teaching and learning for maritime experts
The International Association for Safety and Survival Training (IASST) - To facilitate the exchange of information on matters relating to safety in the maritime environment and to promote continuous improvement in safety and survival training internationally
The Baltic Exchange An international, self-regulated market for matching ships and cargoes and buying or selling ships.
The Green Award FoundationThe objective of the Green Award certification scheme is to promote safe and environmentaly-friendly behaviour of ship and crew/management, mainly by achieving international acceptance, recognition, regulation and coordination of the "Green Award" certification, all in observance of (inter)national conventions, legislation and developments in the area of ship lay-out, equipment, crew, operations and management.
Friends Of the Earth International (FOEI) - Federation of autonomous environmental organizations
The World Ship Society Limited - Founded in 1947, the World Ship Society brings together some 2,000 members who are interested in ships, past and present. The Society has over 50 local branches worldwide.
The Missions to Seafarers Around the world, The Mission to Seafarers provides help and support to the 1.2 million men and women who face danger every day to keep our global economy afloat. "Caring for seafarers world wide"
Apostleship Of The Sea (AOS) - The Apostleship of the Sea is the Church among the People of the Sea, caring for seafarers, fishers and their families
SeafarerHelp - 24/7 help and advice for seafarers around the world - contact them via Live Chat, SMS, Skype, Email or Call Back.


Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
AMSA is a government agency charged with the provision of safety and environmental services to the Australian maritime industry


Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) - To develop, promote and enforce high standards of marine safety
UK Chamber of Shipping - The Chamber of Shipping is the trade association for UK shipping industry, working to promote and protect the interests of its members
Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) - Embraces subjects traditionally associated with navigation such as astronomy, mathematics, cartography, electronics and information technology
Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) - Internationally renowned professional institution whose members are involved at all levels in the design, construction, repair and operation of ships, boats and marine structures
Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers - Representing Shipbrokers, Agents and Managers
The Marine Society - Provides education, libraries and financial support for the professional development of seafarers

The Honourable Company of Master Mariners - a City of London Livery Company with membership open to British and Commonwealth Master Mariners from the Merchant and Royal Navies

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) - The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea, provides, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service and a seasonal lifeguard service

Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC) - a constituent of the Cardiff University School of Social Sciences and a centre of excellence in the research of the social, political, and economic dimensions of seafarers lives.
Maritime Volunteer Service (MVS) - The MVS trains people in nautical and maritime skills, assists at maritime events throughout the country and provides a support emergency service both afloat and ashore in times need.

Seafarers Advice and Information Line (SAIL) - A specialist telephone advice service for merchant seafarers, fishermen and their families and dependants, operated by the Greenwich Citizens Advice Bureaux Ltd (GCAB) on behalf of Seamen's Hospital Society.
The Sea Safety Group - A UK registered charity promoting safety at sea through education and dialogue with legislators & regulators, and through accrediting coastal stations and safety schemes.



United States Coast Guard (USCG) - Today’s U.S. Coast Guard, with nearly 42,000 men and women on active duty, is a unique force that carries out an array of civil and military responsibilities touching almost every facet of the U.S. maritime environment.
US Maritime Administration (MARAD) - The Maritime Administration is the agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation dealing with waterborne transportation.
Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) - SOCP’s overall objective is to improve the competitiveness, productivity, efficiency, safety, and environmental responsiveness of U.S. vessel operations
The Maritime Security Council - established in 1988 – is a non-profit, member-driven organization representing ocean carriers, cruise lines, port facilities and terminals, logistics providers, importers, exporters and related maritime industries throughout the world..
Department of Ecology - Spill Prevention Programme
Spill prevention is the primary mission of the Spills Program. The primary objective  is to achieve a zero spills strategy to prevent any oil or hazardous substances from entering waters of the state


IMO's links page - IMO Library Directory of Maritime Links
Admiralty and Maritime Law Guideincludes over 1,500 annotated links to admiralty law resources on the Internet and a growing database of admiralty case digests, opinions and international maritime conventions.

Maritime Law

IMO's International Maritime Law Institute - The Institute is an international centre for the training of specialists in maritime law
The Maritime and Admiralty Law Page (Canada/USA) - This site is about maritime law, admiralty law, marine law, the law of marine insurance and the law of the sea, ships and shipping. Our primary focus is presently Canadian maritime law and Canadian admiralty law. We also have an extensive collection of links to other sites that also contain information relating to shipping, maritime law and marine insurance.
Institute of Maritime Law  The Institute of Maritime Law is a leading world centre for research, consultancy and training in maritime law.

MISCELLANEOUS is an online port information service from Shipping Guides which allows users to search for port information on over 9,000 ports, terminals and places worldwide. You can also find location maps, port plans and photos, and reports of Actual Conditions Experienced (ACE reports) written by shipmasters and others who have visited the ports.
Port Technology International - Preview and review of advanced technologies for ports, harbours and terminals world-wide, written for the industry by industry professionals. An international journal, Port Technology International contains 11 industry sections, covering all areas of port and terminal operations, providing concise and in-depth descriptions of the current and emerging technologies that enable greater operating efficiency and higher productivity in ports and terminals world-wide. Free web news and newsletter available.
International Loran Association International forum for the exchange of ideas and information regarding eLoran and its integration with GNSS.
PortFocus Information on ports, harbours and marinas worldwide
Global Ballast Water Management Programme (Globallast) - GloBallast is assisting developing countries to; reduce the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens in ships' ballast water, implement the IMO ballast water Guidelines and prepare for the new IMO Ballast Water Convention..
CI-Online the premier news and information service for the container industry.
Meteorological Office, UK - The Met Office is the UK's National Weather Service.
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) - Download the latest weekly piracy report, 'warnings', 'alerts' and 'advice to all ships' from IMB Piracy Reporting Centre
Mare Forum - A decisive dialog on economic incentives for quality shipping - Synergy between market forces and administrative measures. Papers, presentations, issues, conclusions and programmes freely available.
Interactive Currency Table - Free web service that generates daily exchange rate tables for most currencies (more than 180), as well as an converter, and travel expense calculator Knowledge exploration tool about information technology, especially about the Internet and computers
PARN - The Professional Associations Research Network - a non-profit membership organisation for professional bodies,offering expertise, experience and perspective on key issues in the sector through research, consultancy, networking, events and training

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Book Sellers



The Nautical Institute - We sell all our own titles at 30% discount to members! For more information see the Publications Section or email us at
The Marine Society, through its online BookShop can provide any title in print in any format and at a discounted price to seafarers and maritime corporates. Contact Book Services Manager Mark Jackson on 020 7654 7008020 7654 7008
The Warsash Nautical Book Shop - Hundreds of New and Out of Print titles listed on the Internet. Mail order from the UK, e-mail:
Kelvin Hughes (ChartCo) - Stock some 4,500 nautical titles. Coverage includes serious professional, commercial shipping manuals and the official publications of the IMO, ITU, RYA, TSO etc., to leisure marine.
Nautisk Forlag in Norway - "Norway, Scandinavias premier distributor for nautical charts and publications"

General - Internet bookshop. Search facilites provided
Barnes&Noble - Internet bookshop. Search facilites provided
AddAll The book search engine that allows you to comparison shop among 41 online bookstores including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Borders




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