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The Nautical Institute aims to help maritime professionals promote and learn about best practice at sea. Part of this is achieved through our online Knowledge Library.

In this area of the site you will find information about Fatigue, AIS, ECDIS, E-Navigation, Enclosed Spaces, Lifeboat Safety, Bulk Carrier Safety, Mentoring, MSP, Ice and Dynamic Positioning

S-Mode: have your say...

CIRM and The Nautical Institute are working towards a standardisation of maritime technology and hosted a free webinar to explore the future of navigation.

In the webinar recording, you will hear from Richard Doherty - CIRM, Nick Lemon from AMSA and David Patraiko from The Nautical Institute, who explain:

- The approach to S-Mode
- The operational issues it seeks to address
- Potential solutions such as standard icons for key functions, logical grouping of information and simple operator operations/user settings
- The framework that will propose that manufacturers agree to standardise the way navigational displays present information.

The development of an S-Mode or standard mode for bridge navigation equipment will significantly change the look and feel of navigation systems in the future. However we need mariners' feedback to make sure we get it right. The industry has proposed a wide range of new icons to represent key navigation tasks. An online survey is open for just a few months to test mariners' reactions, so please visit to share your thoughts.

CIRM have also created a user feedback forum to put marine navigation designers and manufacturers in touch with users during product development. Find out more here:

Learn more about the future of S-Mode by reading issue 14 of The Navigator magazine or the S-Mode Guideline


Guidance and other

Shipping Industry Guidance on:
Pilot Transfer Arrangements
PTA Cover
Standard Club Bulletin:
Navigation Special Edition

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