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20.06.2018
ADMIRALTY MANUAL OF NAVIGATION

One more classic publication first released more than a century ago. The book was prepared and published by the Great Britain Admiralty with the intention to provide readers including future mariners with all information relating to the maritime navigation, and give it all in a single volume that can be used by all students even those having little to no skills and practical seagoing experience.

The content of the manual has been arranged in four major parts. The first part is dealing with the rhumb line and position line, it also covers finding the chronometer error as well as the times of rising/setting of the heavenly bodies. the second part of the book is mainly devoted to the pilotage and details all important matters. The third part addresses the movements of the ocean and the atmosphere - having a good understanding of the subject will play important role in provision of navigation safety.

Finally, the closing part of the manual provides readers with the clear descriptions of the instruments commonly used for maritime navigation; moreover, it also gives easily understandable explanations of how those errors can be allowed for or eliminated. Even after a century time we would still recommend this volume manual for familiarization to any mariner.

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20.06.2018
CODE OF UNIFORM STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF DRAUGHT SURVEYS OF COAL CARGOES

Draught survey is a common method widely used for determining the weight of the bulk cargo transported by sea, and particularly coal cargo. The accuracy provided by these surveys vary. There may be some discrepancies between the loading and discharge results that lead to the commercial disputes between the parties involved including ship operators, sellers, buyers, marine surveyors etc., because the weight of the cargo is considered a basis for calculating the payment, port fees and freight.

Taking into account increasing value and volume of the coal trade, the shippers and receivers of the cargo are becoming seriously concerned about these discrepancies. That is why there was a need for the procedures and standards to be followed during the draught surveys.

The present Code contains the full set of recommendations to be used when conducting draught surveys and is expected to benefit absolutely all parties; it is also intended to provide valuable contribution to the implementation of the internationally recognized trade practices. It's main purpose is to make the above mentioned procedures uniform and give practical reference to the draught surveyors who may follow its provisions.

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19.06.2018
ECONOMICS OF SEA TRANSPORT AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE

This remarkably authoritative book written by one of the most recognized experts in the world of maritime economics may be treated as both a perfect introduction to the maritime shipping economics and a very valuable reference source to be used by the commercial practitioners. It is a very reader-friendly publication intended for those needing a thorough and clear overview of the commercial and economic issues that are commonly involved in the ownership, chartering and management of the ships.

The author has provided an excellent description of the major canals and marine ports together with the economies of scale in vessel sizes. There are many data diagrams and informative graphs supplementing the explanations of the demand and supply of the shipping industry. The content of the volume examines the broader maritime industry including tanker ships, dry cargo vessels, the liner trading and ship sale. The author also describes the main factors contributing to the cycles affecting the shipping industry of today.

The ship management and the information required by the ship brokers for effective operation of the vessels have been covered in the pages of this book making it even more valuable. The book details the commercial and contractual fundamentals considered specific to the shipping industry and covering the balance of payments and other important aspects.

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19.06.2018
ANCHORING PRACTICE

The content of this instructional booklet will present huge practical interest both to the mariners and students of marine related disciplines. The material contained in this booklet will provide real life practical tips they will use when sailing on board ships and when they are engaged in anchoring operations. Prior to ship's arrival to the marine port the captain shall consult all publications available on the navigation bridge in order to get all required environmental information and relevant data.

The location of the anchorage suiting the vessel shall be clarified together with the water depth at that area and type of the seabed. In addition to that, the master shall clarify the strength and direction of the current and get proper weather forecast for the area and time of planned anchoring. Moreover, the best, i.e. safest way to the anchorage shall be checked and availability of enough sea room shall be confirmed.

The author of the present volume has included so many useful instructions covering all aspects of anchoring. For example, readers will know how to determine the minimal underkeel clearance of the vessel for safe anchoring, understand the holding power of the anchors, they will get to know the necessary steps to be taken when preparing to the anchoring, check the most effective methods of reducing the ship's speed etc.

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19.06.2018
CHEMICAL TANKER TANK CLEANING INSTRUCTION

The modern tankers carrying chemical products are deservedly considered maybe the most technologically advanced commercial ships. Their complexity is resulting from the broad range of cargoes that such vessels are designed and constructed to transport and also from the nature and technical characteristics of the cargo. The cargoes normally carried on board chemical tankers are treated as hazardous materials requiring very careful handling.

The mission of these vessels is to cargo liquid chemical products in bulk form all around the world while paying due attention to the protection of human life, property and the environment. In addition, crew shall take care on protecting the quality of the cargo. Moreover, the ship owners and operators shall be provided with the effective economic measures. Their design will allow chemical tankers to transport different cargoes that commonly range from inorganic acids and fish oil to petroleum products and specialty chemicals.

We may categorize the chemical cargoes in different ways. They may be grouped on the basis of their composition or based on their origin. As implied by the title, the present booklet is intended to provide the crew members of the chemical tankers as well as the students and trainees with some information related to cleaning the cargo tanks.

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19.06.2018
Introduction to Ship Ballast Operations

First, let us look at what ballast operations are and their purpose. Since the ship's draft is shallow while in ballast condition, it is susceptible to wind and wave impact - as a result, rolling increases and hull stability deteriorates. To improve hull stability, the ship's ballast tanks are filled with sea water. When loading the ship with cargo, sea water is discharged. Such sea water loading and discharging are called ballast operations which are conducted either by gravity or ballast pumps. Improper handling of pumps and/or valves may result in various accidents.

Valves are provided where the pipeline is connected to ballast tanks. The pipeline is fitted with many such valves. Improper valve opening or closing can cause accidents. Improper valve opening or closing can cause accidents. This is an example of an accident caused by valve rupture. In this accident, corrosion of the valve body combined with the sudden pressure change due to pumped stuck ruptured the valve body during the stroke. To prevent such accidents, you must have good understanding of the procedures for proper handling of pumps and valves.

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19.06.2018
BOATING AT NIGHT

This instructional video was developed by John Owens, Chief Editor of the Boating Magazine. Running a boat at night time is often a wonderful experience; however sometimes it can be really dangerous. In this video the trainees will be shown some of the skills which they will definitely need not only to make their boating at night safe but also making it with a lot of fun. We will start with the planning.

The proper planning of your boating is one of the most important measures to take to provide safety. Obviously, when planning your boating route you shall try and avoid shipping lanes. Such areas are even most hazardous for the boaters at night due to lower visibility. Make sure that you are able to observe all marks since failure to do so will create additional problems and eventually result in serious consequences...

In short, the content of this training video shall be checked by all boaters regardless of their skills, theoretical knowledge and practical experience since there can never bee too much of safety. Thanks to the way the author explains the things, the instructions provided in this video will be easy to follow even to the people with no experience, i.e. newcomers to the world of boating.

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19.06.2018
DELIVERING QUALITY POTABLE WATER TO OFFSHORE INSTALLATIONS

The potable water including that delivered to the offshore installations shall always be "wholesome", i.e. fully compliant with the defined standards and national regulations. Subject standards are commonly developed in order to protect human health and the definition of term "wholesome" is intended to reflect the significance of the ensuring that the drinking water is of the quality acceptable to its consumers.

The provisions of the present document are aimed to apply mainly to the vessels that operate in the UK Continental Shelf; however it may also be applied to the vessels operating in other regions. The publication prepared by the specialists of the MSF, standing for the Marine Safety Forum, will give practical guidance relating to the delivery of the drinking water to the offshore facilities. Note that it is not intended to cover the maintenance of the hoses used offshore. The volume opens with the concise glossary of terminology followed by the background information.

A brief overview is provided of the supply chain of pot water to offshore facilities covering the potential areas of water contamination. Where such risk exists, control measures is necessary in order to minimize it. Two sections of the publication have been structured to reflect the steps required to be taken. These measures would normally include management and maintenance as well as the treatment and monitoring...

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