BOOK REVIEW | Handling Ships in First-Year Ice (Second Edition)


By Johan Buysse

Another of the Nautical Institute’s excellent little handbooks of modern seamanship. This one is in its second edition, so it must be popular despite its somewhat obscure subject.

Obviously, most mariners avoid ice like the plague but, if you operate in Arctic or Antarctic or even North European and North American waters, you sometimes have to face up to it. Indeed, shipping is increasingly operating in such waters so those voyaging there need to know how to navigate safely in such conditions.

This exceptionally well-illustrated book tells you how to do so. It is simple, systematic and all-encompassing.

Available from The Nautical Institute, London, UK.


Neil Baird

Co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Baird Maritime and Work Boat World magazine, Neil has travelled the length and breadth of this planet in over 40 years in the business. He knows the global work boat industry better than anyone.