Now in its 5th edition, Shiphandling for the Mariner is the classic and definitive text on the art of practical shiphandling skills for large, modern commercial vessels. Written by a father and son team of pilots, along with contributions from other expert pilots and shipmasters, this compendium follows a nontechnical format that stresses maneuvers used routinely in the field. The text covers essential maneuvers used in docking, undocking, and shiphandling, plus uncommon maneuvers such as docking at single-point and multiple-buoy moorings, use of anchors in shiphandling, offshore lightering, and transiting of locks and canals. Bridge practices in pilot waters and training techniques, including simulator training are also discussed. Updated for the 5th edition: squat and underkeel clearance, current practices for bridge resource management, and the use of laptop navigation systems and ECDIS in pilotage waters. Shiphandling for the Mariner is ideal for those with a foundation of practical knowledge looking to advance and master shiphandling skills that are essential to the marine profession.
Daniel H. MacElrevey was raised near the Delaware River, where he developed an interest in the sea watching the ships come and go from the port of Philadelphia. He graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy in 1963 and went to sea as a deck officer with Moore-McCormack Lines aboard cargo and passenger ships trading to South and East Africa, South America, and northern Europe. He also worked with the same company in marine operations and stevedoring in New York. He and his family moved to Panama in 1970, where he worked as a Panama Canal pilot for eight years. Living in Panama provided the opportunity for him to pursue another strong interest -- ocean sailing -- and later he and his family lived aboard and cruised before he returned to sea. He subsequently spent four years as master of LNG vessels for El Paso Marine Company and served as mooring master for VLCCs at the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port. Captain MacElrevey resumed a career in Panama and spent more than 24 years piloting ships in the Canal. He also became very involved in the use of simulation for shiphandling training and evaluation, including service as a member of the Committee on Ship Bridge Simulation Training sponsored by the National Academy of Science? Marine Board. He was chairman of the Panama Canal Pilot Association? technical committee while working on studies of ship behavior and squat in narrow channels with Waterway Simulation Technology, Inc. and developing a real-time vessel traffic and communications system for pilots (CTANS) with the Department of Transportation? Volpe Center. Capt. MacElrevey retired from his position as pilot and port captain at the Panama Canal in 1998. MacElrevey has provided consulting, training, technical writing, and shiphandling services to the marine industry through Offshore Services Company, which he formed in 1980. Previous work has included services as a consultant and expert witness for various maritime law firms and simulator based training for pilots and ship? officers at the STAR Center in Dania, Florida. Daniel E. MacElrevey celebrated his second birthday aboard the SS?Cristobal?en route to Panama. His childhood was spent living near the locks of the Panama Canal, and it was there that he developed his fondness for ships and appreciation for the mariners who guide them. He made his first transit of the Panama Canal with his father at age eight. Following this trip, he declared his intention to one day be a pilot. Dan? family left Panama in 1977, living aboard their boat for a year while traveling north before settling in Cape May, New Jersey. Dan further developed his love of life on the water during subsequent summers spent sailing on the waters of the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays and racing small boats in New Jersey. He graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy in 1990 and went to sea with Mormac Marine Transport as a deck officer aboard tankers engaged in the charter trade. During his time with Mormac he traveled to many ports in the United States, to Canada, South and Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, north Africa, parts of Asia, and the Mediterranean. In 1994, MacElrevey began a three-year apprenticeship with the Pilots?Association for the Bay and River Delaware, which included more than 500 trips with experienced pilots. Since 1997, Mr. MacElrevey has piloted ships on the Delaware Bay and River, guided ships through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, and docked ships in Salem, NJ. In addition to the skills he has gained through experience as an active pilot, Mr. MacElrevey has participated in numerous courses including: manned-model training, emergency shiphandling, Bridge Resource Management, Azipods, Piloting with DGPS, ECDIS & AIS. Dan was first involved with?Shiphandling for the Mariner?as a teenager, checking for spelling mistakes by reading the text backward, and is tremendously honored to have worked on the last two editions. Ships and equipment continue to evolve, but the text remains current because shiphandlers share their specialized skills with their peers. Dan hopes those that read this latest edition will continue that tradition. Daniel E. MacElrevey lives in one of the oldest pilot towns in the United States -- Lewes, Delaware -- with his wife, Dana, and their two children, Austin and Madison. Their home is a short distance from the pilot station at the entrance to the Delaware Bay.

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