How to forecast, prepare for and deal with the weather is the theme for the 21st issue of The Navigator, the free publication aimed at maritime navigators and seafaring colleagues from The Nautical Institute.
The ‘weather’ issue launches today and is available in print and as a downloadable version from The Nautical Institute’s website.
The issue contains valuable information about modern weather monitoring techniques, as well as shore-based weather services and advice from an experienced Master in dealing with both adverse and calm weather at sea. In addition, there are discussions about a recent cruise ship that hit the headlines when bad weather struck, and an interview with a serving Chief Mate about her experiences working off-shore in the North Sea.
Emma Ward, Editor of The Navigator, said: "So much depends upon what the weather is doing and the timely reaction and preparation of the crew during a journey at sea. Predicting the weather has become increasingly sophisticated and we are keen that our readers are aware of the many services and tools now available to them to help their journeys remain calm and incident-free.”
David Patraiko, Director of Projects for The Nautical Institute, added: “Weather at sea is deadly serious and always relevant. The weather can make the difference between a prosperous or loss-making voyage, can cause injury to crew and passengers and can even lead to the loss of a ship. Awareness of the weather and accurate predictions are both vitally important.
The Nautical Institute launched its 'Navigator Distributor' scheme in 2015, encouraging a wider, global distribution of the free, 12-page magazine to as many professional marine navigators as possible. Anyone interested in finding out how their organisation can take part in the scheme should visit, where there are also previous issues available to download.
The Navigator is produced by The Nautical Institute with support from the Royal Institute of Navigation. Sponsored by IFAN and Trinity House, it is available free in printed format or as a pdf, digital magazine or App via The Nautical Institute website. Printed copies are currently distributed alongside The Nautical Institute's membership magazine, Seaways, as well as through missions and maritime training establishments. 
The Nautical Institute is an international representative body for maritime professionals involved in the control of sea-going ships. It provides a wide range of services to enhance the professional standing and knowledge of members who are drawn from all sectors of the maritime world. Founded in 1972, it has over 40 branches world-wide and some 7,000 members in over 120 countries.