Particulars of ship
Very detailed marine maps are essential onboard every ship,otherwise it will get lost or ran aground. Documents, records and reports are properly kept daily.The ship's log book records the details of each journey. Another view of the wheel house. This one with a steel steering wheel. All ocean going tugs and ships install Navtex (Navigational Telex)which provides direct-printing service for the delivery of navigational and meteorological warnings and forecasts and urgent marine safety information.
It's a floating office where modern office equipment such as computer,printer,scanner,photo copier are all available
The traditional steering wheel made of wood is still popular although many have now been replaced by steel steering wheel or joystick.According to many captains and officers, the wooden steering wheel is still the most practical.
The control panels with a lot of buttons to press and many round-shape meters are all installed within easy reach of the captain and officer and in neat rows.
I love the ocean and the ships that sail in it.When I was a small boy, I would talk about the ocean and the ships with a neighbour around my age for hours a day.After growing up whenever I have a chance to board a ship or just a small boat, I would never fail to grab that opportunity.In the last few years I had several assignments to photograph ocean going or foreign going tugs for their owners.It is always exciting,especially when you need to go off shore or another country to take these photos. In this post I would like to share with readers the navigational ,communication and safety equipment onboard the tug boat.I still cannot identify and know the names of all these equipment. They all look similiar, but actually they are quite different and complicated if you are not an expert such as the captain or officer of the boat.
Anyway, the basic equipment are listed below.
The communication equipment: (1) VHF radio telephone(2) SSB radio telephone (3)VHF walki talki (4) Intercom system (5) Satellite phone
The navigational equipment: (1) Radar system (2) GPS (3)Echo sounder (4)Autopilot system (5)Gyro compass (6)Magnectic compass (7) Speed log (8) Rudder angle indicator (9)Binoculars
The safety and rescue equipment:(1) Life raft (2)Life jacket (3)First aid kit (4)Motorized rescue boat (5)Co2 extinguishing system (6)Fire detection alarm (7)Search light (8)Siren (9)Fire extinguisher (10) Axe (11) Rocket parachute flare (12)Fireman outfit (13) Breathing apparatus (14)Epirds (Emergency position indicating radio beacons) (15)SART ( Search and rescue radar transponder)
Ocean going tugs are expensive to build and maintain. Each can cost more than RM10 million. The engines and the equipment cost is already some 35-40% of the total cost.Special purpose tug boats such as those used in the oil fields can cost several times higher than general purpose tugs.