Ship handling is an art rather than a science. However, a ship handler who knows a little of the science will be better at his art. Knowledge of the science will enable easy identification of a ship’s manoeuvring characteristics and quick evaluation of the skills needed for control. A ship handler needs to understand what is happening to his ship and, more importantly, what will happen a short time into the future. This knowledge is essential in a port environment when a ship encounters close quarters situations, narrow channels and the effects of cross-winds and currents.
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