The Navigator

Updated October 2019

Created June 2014

Nautical Institute

The Navigator is a free publication produced by the Nautical Institute in association with the Royal Institute of Navigation. Each issue focuses upon one particular aspect of navigation such as passage planning, position-fixing, and collision avoidance. All of the issues covered are vitally important to the control of risk and loss prevention. This publication is directed towards improving the knowledge and skills of young professional marine navigators and reflects the need for that role to be recognised, valued and supported.

The Nautical Institute is campaigning to have The Navigator available on the bridge of every SOLAS-sized vessel in the world.  It is self-evident that improved navigational competence will aid loss prevention in relation to the incidence of grounding and collision that is currently of concern, and consequently the Club is very pleased to assist with this campaign. Copies of the issues of The Navigator that have been issued to date are available to download from the links below, and Members are encouraged to forward these to their vessels.

In a further move to widen the appeal and use of this publication, the Club is pleased to promote and sponsor, with funding from The Ship Safety Trust, the production of versions of The Navigator in languages other than English. The first of these, The Navigator in Greek, was launched at Posidonia in June 2014.

Please use the links below for further information about either the Royal Institute of Navigation or The Nautical Institute.

The Nautical Institute press release, relating to the latest edition of The Navigator, which is focusing on navigational accidents, why they happen and how to avoid them.


Issue 1: The Role Of The Navigator Issue 8: Communication    Issue 15: Mentoring
Issue 2: Avoiding Collisions Issue 9: Professional Development   Issue 16: Piloting
Issue 3: Passage Planning Issue 10: Aids to Navigation Issue 17: Shiphandling
Issue 4: Positioning Issue 11: Building on competence Issue 18: VTS 
Issue 5: ECDIS - The future of navigation    Issue 12: Cyber security Issue 19: Lookout 
Issue 6: RADAR Issue 13: Error Management Issue 20: Assessments 
Issue 7: Bridge Resource Management   Issue 14: S-Mode Issue 21: Weather