19.11.2017

This excellent reference book was designed to give its readers a really comprehensive and professional insight into the contemporary diesel injection and electronic control systems, mainly focusing on the minimization of the emissions to the atmosphere and on the treatment of exhaust gases. The technical innovations introduces by the specialists of the Bosch company in the diesel-injection field have significantly contributed to the boom in the diesel industry.

   Nowadays the technology of the motor vehicles is really complex and that is considered  the main reason why there is a serious need for a single and reliable source of technical information covering all components and systems of the engines. This nice publication opens with a very brief but interesting historical overview, that is followed by the chapter describing the main areas where the diesel engines are commonly used. The next chapter explains the basic, fundamental principles of operation of the diesel engines, while the following chapter is concentrating on the fuel oils.

 

 

The remaining chapters of the publication cover the rest of important aspects of the construction and operation of the subject type of engines, such as their control systems, common-rail systems, unit injector- and unit pump systems, pressure lines, sensors, start-assist arrangement, troubleshooting, service technology and so many others, covering even the emission-related legislation.

 

 

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05.11.2017

The aims and objectives of the present anchor handling course developed by Maersk is to promote the safest and most efficient ways of performing anchor handling operations by means of enhancing the knowledge and skills of the bridge teams.

The material include abbreviations used during the course, introductory part, calculations, examples of anchor deployment, various anchor handling equipment explained in detail, ship handling and maneuvering techniques, drilling unit operations and many more.

Taking into account that the main content was prepared by the Maersk specialists, we would highly recommend this training to all people directly engaged in planning or actual performance of the anchoring operations offshore.

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04.11.2017

Another MCA publication setting out a standard governing every aspect of PMS, i.e. port marine safety, and aiming to enhance marine safety for the people using or working in the port environment. The content shall be considered applicable to all harbor authorities and other facilities in the UK.

The present Code, accompanied with the Guide to Good Practice also available at our site, is intended to play a critical instrumental role in achieving and maintaining good safety record in all British ports and harbors, through a pragmatic and reasonably proportionate approach to the established safety standards enabling all people involved to apply the principles stated in it.

All organizations and facilities not being statutory harbor authorities, including marinas, berths and terminals, are highly recommended to seek compliance with the requirements of the Code, adopting their marine SMS and underpinning this with a risk assessment conducted in a formal way.

Note that the Code is supported by the UK government and treated as the efficient and effective was to maintain and promote nationally recognized standards of marine port safety. Covering literally all major aspects of marine port safety, the Code together with the Guide mentioned above, is a must-have volume for all persons involved.

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04.11.2017

The content of this video training program is featuring the reconstructions of the real events that occurred at sea - they were taken from the SAR incidents and demonstrate how important it is to have clear and thorough understanding of the correct procedures. Subject understanding and due awareness of the procedures and techniques may be critical in the event of disaster.

The program demonstrated the correct search and rescue, i.e. SAR procedures, following the events from the moment when the initial distress call was sent via the vessel's GMDSS and up to the final arrival of the rescuers. The trainees will see how following the guidelines of the codes of practice and proper co-ordination of all agencies involved contribute to a desired favorable result. They will get to know how to perform communication with rescue centers and how the vessel can assist MRCC in case of a distress situation. The possible role of the others vessels responding to the distress call have also been covered.

The GMDSS-covered ocean areas have been shown, together with the use of the satellite- and radio systems via DSC. The video is also showing how EPIRBs can help to search for humans at sea and save lives of the crew members, especially in harsh weather conditions making SAR operations much more difficult. This training is essential for every person on board as directly affecting safety of human life at sea which is a matter of top importance.

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04.11.2017

The DNV GL standard for the certification of the container securing devices providing required guidance through a whole process of certification. The content of the document is covering the procedures and applicable requirements for obtaining the relevant product certificates for subject securing devices.

While the opening chapter of the Standard is pretty introductory and contains general information, the second chapter describes the certificates including how and when they are required and issued, and the certification procedure. The next chapter is devoted to the materials used and welding issues - it is addressing the support fittings and securing equipment, heat treatment and the mechanical tests.

The fourth chapter deals with the type approval of the securing devices and guides readers through the plan approval process, prototype and operational testing. The remaining chapters of the document provide information about the case-by-case approval used as an alternative to the generally used type approval, production testing of the support fittings, lashing assemblies and non-standardized securing equipment. Finally, the volume concludes with the information about the identification marking of the manufactures and tested items.

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04.11.2017

An excellent reference publication released by MCA containing the detailed guidance on the major issues related to the harbor authorities and supplementing the Port Marine Safety Code. Both documents refer to the existing legal documents and apply to statutory harbor authorities.

The Guide is describing legal duties and powers; the information contained will be appreciated by the people assigned port management related tasks, who will find inside a remarkably comprehensive advice about marine SMS, standing for the safety management systems, marine services and risk assessment, navigation, emergency preparedness/response, pilotage etc.

The Guide also addresses the coastal security. The authors of the volume have used all experience and expertise to offer best solutions in support of the present paper to the ports and companies that support port operations. A short glossary of terms is provided. While applicable to all marine ports, the content of this guidebook shall be applied in reasonable manner and proportionally to each of them.

It has been specifically designed to provide some general guidance and is full of live examples of how the organizations could meet their commitments related to the compliance with the requirements of the Code. Do not treat this document as the only available means of compliance.

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04.11.2017

This is the human resources-related issue of our bulletin. Throughout the last three issues of Alert, the authors have been focusing on the matters influencing the interaction between people as well as between people and machines or systems aboard vessel. We have performed through examination of all potential causes and effects of the fatigue and offered some effective solutions for mitigating it.

The importance of establishing effective communication has been stresses; we have also explained the best ways to avoid complacency. We have touched the design of the vessels and seafarers' rights for decent living and working conditions on board their vessels, emphasized the critical importance of professional training, technical skills, practical experience and competence, and cautioned our readers against ineffective management systems.

In short, we did our best to provide coverage of all important aspects of human life and work on board. And now we will be trying to discuss human resources. It is important to have right number and correct mix of people having required competencies as well as familiarity with the vessel to achieve the desired effectiveness of the vessel and avoid any accidents...

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03.11.2017

The present video training program was prepared to encourage crew members to use the PPE, i.e. personal protective equipment, and to use it properly. The authors have tried to stress that the safety is actually a matter of personal responsibility. Each person on board shall use established safe working practices, and one of them includes using the personal protective equipment.

Using defective or inappropriate PPE may eventually result in hazardous situation and in fact is as dangerous as not using any PPE at all. We shall all understand that the PPE is there for the reason - it is intended to save lives and cannot be ignored or undervalued since the consequences can be really tragic. The personal protective items commonly used on board vessels and offshore installations would normally include head protection, i.e. helmets/hard hats, arm and hand protection, ear and eye protection, coveralls protecting the body, respiratory protection, safety harnesses used when working at heights, foot protection - books with steel toe and appropriate isolation etc.

Every single person on board shall be fully aware of the proper usage of all items above and keep their PPE duly maintained, in good order and readily available at all times. The video will show them how to perform periodical checks of PPE and recognize the defects, and what to do if the defect is revealed...

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