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    Re: Commercial Navigators?
    From: Doug Royer
    Date: 2006 May 17, 13:10 -0500

    Greg asked:

    While I think about it, does anyone know if commercial shipping, cruise
    lines, etc. still employ navigators these days (and if so, do they
    still do celnav?), or has their function been replaced entirely by
    GPS-related electronics these days?

    My reply:
    The answer is yes to employing navigators. It is a Coast guard requirement
    that operations are staffed with the number of qualified personnel needed to
    safely operate any vessel.
    The highest paper I held (still hold even though I don't go to sea any
    more)is a 2nd Officer's license with and unlimited tonnage qualification and
    all the requirements that holding that type of paper entails.
    As 2nd Officer my main duties on board was the safe navigation of the
    vessel, the care and maintenance of navigational equipment, corrections of
    electronic and paper pubs and charts and the training of personnel.
    Celnav is still used onboard. But not as the main navigational means. Some
    masters require some sights be taken and logged in a certain time frame.
    Some don't require any such thing. Shipboard duty is busy enough but
    training in coastal or celnav is still offered onboard to personnel.
    GPS related equipment and other navigational equipment you may not be
    familiar with (such as inertial)are primarily used. Actually, the most
    important and most used navigational equipment onboard any commercial vessel
    is the ARPA radar technology.

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