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22.09.2018
ECDIS VIDEO GUIDES — KONGSBERG K—BRIDGE

This collection of training videos will provide users with all necessary instructions related to the Kongsberg K-Bridge system. The arrangement of the content is nearly similar to the one of the pack dealing with the JRC system. The first of the video lessons is introductory and tells you how to find your UPN, standing for the User Permit Number. The second and third lessons cover deleting of the ENC data and permits.

The other five lessons making the pack are dealing with the same subjects as in the JRC training, i.e. installing the public key for the S-63 1.1, ENC permits, AVCS base and update CD media, and finally the DVD media. Needless to say that this training package will be of great practical interest and use for all crew members immediately involved in the installation and use of the system.

However, taking into account the information it provides and clarity and conciseness of the explanations and descriptions provided in these videos, we would say that it will be good for any navigator to acquaint himself or herself with the content. Even if you have some other ECDIS system installed on your ship, understanding of the fundamental concept and different systems will give them a good advantage.

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22.09.2018
CRANES, THEIR OPERATION AND REASON FOR FAILURES

This publication was prepared and released by the Japan P&I Club. The intention of the authors was to give some brief introduction to the shipboard cranes and their operation, with due attention paid to the most common reasons for their failures. This compact title provides general guidelines on the routine maintenance and inspections of the cranes. The structure and machinery of the cranes have been discussed together with the wire ropes.

Then the content proceeds to the crane operation and the incidents that involve crane damage. The grabs have been discussed separately together with their capacity, SWL and use. And of course, the authors concentrated on safety matters as well. The cargo handling cranes are installed on most of the vessels, especially general cargo ships and bulk carriers.

They are normally quite robust units continuing to work with nearly minimum maintenance; however, they are complex machinery units incorporating many components that are manufactured to the fine tolerance values. All of the components shall function correctly through the entire lifetime of the crane. The cranes shall be duly maintained and checked at a specified time intervals to make sure they are operated safely and correctly.

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21.09.2018
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION ON BOARD SHIP

The short video training film devoted to the effectiveness of the communication. The authors want to demonstrate how important it is to establish and subsequently maintain a proper communication procedures on absolutely all levels if you want to operate your ship safely and efficiently. The communication is commonly referred to as a transfer of messages and signals between persons willing to create an understanding or a particular meaning, or a certain type of reaction.

Should there be no reaction received, then we are most probably talking about the one-way type of communication. Three major communication types include verbal, written and non-verbal communication meaning signals and signs. One can never overestimate the importance of having a good communication for the safety of navigation and ship handling at all times. A lack of communication is one of the reasons leading to bad consequences.

According to the statistical data collected in the past decades, from seventy to eighty per cents of all accidents and incidents occurring at sea are originating from some sort of communication problem. That is why it is very important for all crew members to work out good and effective communication procedures.

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21.09.2018
SEAGULL CBT — CD0003 — SAFETY EQUIPMENT

You are invited to start the third of the training modules presented by Seagull and this one is devoted to the shipboard safety equipment. The whole content of the course has been arranged in four section. The first section is dealing with the relevant rules and regulations - the trainees shall obviously possess a clear understanding of the rules and know how and when their provisions apply.

The second section is covering the fire extinguishing agents and explains the fire classes per the existing classification. The third section will guide you through the types of the fire fighting appliances commonly used on board ships so that you get necessary understanding of their construction and practical use. Finally, the closing section of the training module addresses the shipboard life saving appliances and arrangements.

Upon completion of the course the trainees will significantly improve their skills and this will definitely help in their careers and, moreover, in provision and promotion of the safe working culture on board every ship they serve. Having due knowledge of the shipboard fire fighting and lifesaving arrangement is of course the most important part of their profession.

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21.09.2018
ECDIS VIDEO GUIDES — JRC JAN—701B—901B—2000

The main purpose of the present guidebook is to provide all interested parties with the equipment-specific technical information in order to assist them in proper managing of their AVCS ENC holdings. The book is supplemented with ten video lessons each of them will significantly contribute to the overall success of the training process. The first lesson will explain what the user permit number is and how to deal with the numbers, while the second and third lessons have been devoted to deleting the deleting of the ENC data and associated permits.

The rest of the video lessons will guide you through the process of installing the public key for the S-61 1.1, the ENC permits and AVCS base CD media and updates, DVD media and AIO media and permits. The whole set of guiding materials contained in the present pack has already been highly appreciated by all personnel directly engaged in handling subject ECDIS systems installed on board different seagoing ships. In short, we may say that this training pack is a must-have source of information for every single person dealing with such equipment, noting the amount of the useful information and detailed step-by-step instruction it provides.

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21.09.2018
MARPOL CONSOLIDATED EDITION 2017

The latest edition of the major IMO convention dealing with the prevention of marine pollution concerned with the protection on the marine environment. The main technical content of the present convention has been arranged in six big Annexes. Note that the five of them, i.e. Annexes from I (oil pollution prevention) to V (garbage pollution prevention) were adopted by MARPOL 1973 as further modified by a 1978 Protocol. The last sixth Annex was adopted by a Protocol which followed in 1997 covering the air pollution prevention.

In general, all annexes together cover the prevention of pollution of marine environment by oil, by NLS, standing for the noxious liquid substances carried in bulk, by harmful substances carried in packaged form, by sewage and garbage from ships, and air pollution. Needless to say that this is one of the most important publications to be carried on board any vessel to which present convention applies.

It is a must-have document for the port state control officers and marine surveyors checking the vessel for compliance with the requirements of convention, for the crew members responsible for keeping the vessel compliance, and for the ship designers and builders who shall have clear understanding of the convention in order to design a vessel that would meet all applicable requirements.

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21.09.2018
GUIDELINES FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF MARPOL ANNEX V

The officially released guidelines to be used for the implementation of the requirements contained in the Annex V to the MARPOL convention. The documents has several objectives, and the main objective is to assist the states in developing the domestic laws and regulations implementing Annex V and enacting them; it will also provide required assistance to the ship owners and operators, crew members and manufacturers of the equipment willing to reach compliance with the requirements that have been set forth in subject Annex.

In addition, the volume will help port/terminal operators providing reception facilities for the garbage commonly generated on board vessels. The content of the guidebook is arranged in several parts. The guidelines for implementation of the Annex itself is the first part while the second part provides instructions for the development of shipboard garbage management plans.

The next part contains the regulations for garbage pollution prevention including definitions and applications, general prohibitions, information about special areas, special requirements applicable to the fixes/floating offshore installations, exceptions, PSC on operational requirements, placards, record keeping etc. In short, everything related to the prevention of marine pollution by shipboard garbage is covered.

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21.09.2018
IBC CODE 2016

This is the official 2016 edition of the IMO IBC Code. The main declared purpose of the document is to provide the maritime shipping industry with the internationally recognized standard covering the safe transportation of the noxious liquid substances, i.e. NLS, and dangerous chemical substances in bulk form.

The provisions of the Code prescribe the standards that apply to the design and subsequent construction of the vessels carrying subject substances as well as the equipment that shall be carried on board in order to minimize any risk to the vessel, the crew members and marine environment. The content of the IBC Code is arranged in twenty-one chapters. The first one is introductory and pretty standard for most of the IMO-released publications.

It is followed by the chapters covering the survival capability of the vessel and cargo tanks location, arrangement of the ship including segregation of cargo, pump rooms, pumping and piping arrangements, ballast and bilge systems etc., cargo containment and transfer, construction materials, temperature control, venting and gas-freeing of the cargo tanks, electrical systems, fire protection/extinction arrangements, pollution prevention, human protection, instrumentation, applicable operational requirements, handling chemical wastes and other important areas.

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