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She is an elegant ocean liner with the story passed. Iron Lady of the seas for half a century... It is quite an old ship but still very strong and still can run fast. Marco Polo navigates modern marvels. Cruise ship Marco Polo is a model of maritime history. Her classic outline recalls the classic vessels of the past. She was launched back in 1965, a luxury ship built for the hard line regime of the old Soviet Union.

Deluxe - yes, but this vessel is also designed for extra stability, with the reinforced hull to sail through broken ice in Arctic routes. She is more than fifty years old but is still excellent. Captain Nectarios Rigas is just learning how to handle this twenty-two thousand ton ship; of course, this task requires some extra skills. He is fourth generation captain and he has just taken command of Marco Polo and this will be his first time taking her to the Baltic Sea.

Marco Polo is tied up at the British port of Tilbury on Thames river some forty kilometers south-east of London. Tilbury is London's original cruise port and it is a perfect departure point for this historic ship which will sail out for her historic route... A fascinating video film belonging to the Mighty Ships series and recommended to anyone with the interest in ships.

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The present DNV GL released recommended practice contains official recommendations to be considered when performing strength analysis of the main structures of jack-up offshore units. The hull of the modern self-elevating platform usually rests on three or four legs, commonly vertical. Some special designs feature tilted legs - this is done to provide higher stability when the unit is elevated.

A drilling slot is normally cut in the aft side of the main deck, however some designs have the drilling derrick cantilevered over the unit's side. There are two bottom support concepts. Most of the self-elevating units have separate legs supported by the spud cans while other rigs have their legs connected to a huge mat preventing excessive penetration.

The present document will provide general information on the design features of the jack up rigs including general principles and stress design. The authors have paid attention to the environmental conditions to be taken into consideration as well as the design loads including deformation, environmental and accidental loads, global response analysis, structural strength and fatigue strength, accidental strength dealing with the damaged condition of the structure, stability analysis and requirements to the air gap. In the appendix you will find the simplified model of the lattice leg.

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These China Register Rules have been published to apply to the vessels equipped with the LNG containment and bunkering system. The sea-going liquid natural gas bunkering vessel shall comply with all rule requirements. For the vessels featuring the function of bunkering the fuel oil with a flash point exceeding 60 degrees and LNG, the associated cargo areas shall be complying with the oil tanker requirements.

The design of the vessel, in turn, shall be fully compliant with the water environmental conditions and the operational conditions shall be duly reflected in the ship's safety operation manual. The materials used for construction of the gas tanks, equipment used for bunkering, piping and fitting, and any other part contacting LNG or the boil-off gas shall be suitable for the specified pressure and temperature.

In addition to the requirements listed in this rulebook, the materials shall also comply with all relevant requirements of the other rules. Seven chapters of this rule book are covering general provisions, the vessel's arrangements, cargo containment systems, bunkering systems, power installation, shipboard monitoring, alarm and safety systems, electric equipment and fire safety including protection and extinction arrangements.

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This is the third edition of the popular Code of Practice dealing with the established procedures and techniques for the routine inspection and periodical in-service testing of the electrical equipment. The main goal of the document is to provide valuable advice and instruction on the inspection and testing in order to determine if the electrical equipment can be considered fit for service or there is necessity for the maintenance/replacement.

This edition of the Code features clarification of the equipment covered in its pages, and additional explanations of the terminology involved. The authors have also covered some of the alternative methods of testing. Moreover, the publication provides some additional explanation on the test leads and RCD adaptors as well as on the extension leads. The text is supplemented with the newly introduced appendices containing numerous images illustrating normally encountered deficiencies.

Regularly conducted inspection of the electrical equipment and installations is considered a fundamental part of the preventive maintenance program. Records of the routine maintenance and test results shall be maintained throughout the whole working cycle of the equipment, this is required to enable the condition of the equipment, effectiveness of the periodical maintenance policy for the assessment, and to show that the maintenance system is in place and effective.

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Today, there is a threat to all the seafarers both officers and ratings. That threat is illegal drug dealing. If you work at sea, your risk of contact with drug dealers once you come ashore is high. You are under threat. This is because drug dealers see officers and ratings both as possible customers and possible smugglers. If you become involved as either a customer or a smuggler, you are in trouble. You are staring a criminal career.

You risk not only your own livelihood but you can call severe difficulties for the ship and your colleagues. These are several different groups of the psycholeptic drugs. One is the cannabis group. Cannabis also known as marijuana or hashish can be sold either as the leaves of the cannabis plant or as a more concentrated residue. The leaves are usually smoked either on their own in a pipe or mixed with tobacco.

The resin is also usually smoked, often mixed with tobacco. Using this drug can lead to laughing without apparent reason. Other effects include changes in perception of space and time, reduced learning ability and memory. Your reflexes are slowed down. Taking this drug leads to increased risk of infection in the nose, mouth and lungs. It can aggravate or cause heart and lung condition such as asthma; in both men and women it affects sexual organs, interfering with sperm and egg production...

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The content of this recommended practice is dealing with the risk based abandonment of the wells drilled offshore. The offshore wells being drilled commonly need permanent abandonment to get the subsurface pressure duly controlled and also to prevent the pore fluids from free flowing to the sea floor. The purpose of the so-called P&A standing for the plug and abandonment of the offshore wells is protection of the environment; of course, all safety standards are to be maintained.

The wells to plug and abandon offshore vary. Some of them require less complex plug and abandonment operations - they can normally be plugged using the simple P&A solution or existing drilling equipment of the platform. The other wells will require a rig capable of handling heavier P&A operations that, in turn, may require casing, tubing, milling, cement repairs etc.

The older wells sometimes lack basic documentation and paperwork required for the plug and abandonment - this is especially a case if this well has changed the owner. The main objective of this publication is to provide industry with the effective risk-based framework to be applied to the design of the well abandonment and is therefore a needful one for the offshore workers.

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A perfect textbook for those interested in singlehanded sailing. The volume has gained worldwide popularity and is deservedly treated as a bible for the future sailors. It is an essential guidebook of the solo sailing providing all required information for people planning to undertake such voyage. The readers will find valuable instructions on how they shall manage the power consumption on board their boats when feeding the autopilot, how to deal with the heavy weather conditions, how to set and gybe a spinnaker, how to find some time to sleep etc.

So many readers from different parts of the world have found this publication the best sailing book available. It will also be useful to the sailors and not only people singlehandling their boats. The style used by the author of the book is refreshing. Most of the readers have strongly recommended this book to others. Sailors who have read it will enjoy sailing even more and the content of the volume will for sure be responsible for saving them from any sort of injury.

That is why we would say that it is a must-have one. Note that there are not too many books available for the solo sailors to get necessary information. And the tips provided in the pages of this title will definitely shave many hours for those needing the information and not willing to re-invent the wheel. All information is resented in a very clear language.

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An excellent and very useful publication for those willing to improve their maritime English skills released within the frame of the CLIL, standing for the Content and Language Integrated Learning. It is a comprehensive and significantly updated handbook intended to be used by the ship deck officers. The content of the handbook has been developed in compliance with the STCW convention and IMO Model Course 3.17.

The material presented in the book is arranged in twenty-one units covering types of ships, offshore units, intro to navigation, ship terminology and nautical charts, marine meteorology, ship construction, aid to navigation, equipment and gear installed on board ships, navigation regulations and processes, celestial navigation, piloting and dead reckoning, compasses and GMDSS, shipping documentation, safety and survival equipment, IGS, international shipping laws and regulations.

There are two appendices with additional information on the IMO FAL forms and certification paperwork and other documents commonly required to be possessed on board any vessel. The publication will be of practical interest for all learners of English, including terminology.

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