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The maritime shipping world of today makes remarkably extensive use of the shipboard cranes. It is very difficult to see how the work would be done on vessels without cranes. However, the use of the subject machinery is commonly associated with risk. The goal of the present document is to provide readers, and crane operators in the first turn, with the professional technical knowledge they will need to carry out their work is a safe and effective manner.

The content of the volume has been originally compiled by the SBW specialists and then extended to comply with the requirements of Jumbo. The book covers such important aspects of shipboard crane operations as types of most frequently used cranes and derricks, explains the main components of the cranes, touching the terminology involved. Then, the content of the book is dealing with the safety aspects covering all factors contributing in safety in any way.

The remaining chapters of the volume address the lifting tackle and equipment, lifting chains, steel wire ropes, fabric lifting slings, various specialized lifting equipment including lifting beams and clamps, work platforms and crane hooks, rope sheaves and drums, safe attachment of loads, etc. The procedures established for the lifting operations have also been addressed.

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Here is a so-called "white paper" for the Interspill International Conference an the Fourth IMO R&D Forum held in Marseille, France, in May 2009. It was recognized by the joint committee of the conference and the forum, that the significant growth observed in maritime shipping of chemical items and the relevant industry and state obligations resulted in the increased attention of the public and industry professionals to the potential dangers of HNS spills.

The HNS stands for the Hazardous and Noxious Substances. The knowledge possessed by the industry today about the fate and potential effects of such spills is much less that the one for oil spills. Everyone involved in transportation of subject cargoes shall be fully aware of all potentially devastating consequences of the spills to the marine environment.

The content of the present white paper has been compiled by the recognized experts of the ITOPF organization and will be very useful for the people engaged in the associated activities. The ultimate intent of the document is to address the most important concerns and key issues related to the HNS spills in comparison to the oil spills, and also to provide a good basis for stimulating open discussion on this matter.

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Another recommended practice prepared and released by DNV GL classification society. The opening section of the document provides general introductory information about pipeline IMS, i.e. integrity management system, application of the document, and pipeline failure causes, statistics and repair systems. The second section is dealing with the basic safety philosophy - the content of this section also covers systematic review, qualification and limit state design.

The next three sections cover the pipeline repair activities, design basis and exposures. The fourth section is devoted to the fitting design including failure causes and modes, fitting strength and grip capacity, seal capacity and other aspects. The remaining sections of the publication are dealing with the installation of the pipelines and attachment to them, seal protection design, limitations imposed at the misalignment, control and monitoring, activation etc., isolation plugs including testing of the associated isolation tools, hot tapping covering structural integrity and failure modes, welding and testing considerations, quality assurance, documentation etc.

The appendices provide additional information about the design factors and code breaks, typical tests and fitting capacity, failure statistics and risk assessment, checklist for qualification, design resistance etc.

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Another brilliant title presented by MarineInsight experts. This one is devoted to the components of the two-stroke marine engines. A two-stroke engine is deservedly considered the most critical part of the merchant ship since it provides the power required to propel the ship transporting the cargoes between ports.

Though there are numerous newly established regulations and technologies released to govern the maintenance and operation of these engines, some of the things remain same, and these include technical maintenance procedures, such as testing and measurements as well as taking clearances.

The authors of this volume have prepared an excellent compilation of the important checks and tests plus measurements commonly performed on the components of the two-stroke marine diesel engines. The content of the publication is covering the calibration procedures to be followed when conducting routine technical maintenance of the MAN B&W and SULZER marine diesel engines widely used on board marine ships.

The volume will definitely be of great practical interest for the students of marine engineering as well as for the machinery room personnel who will find many useful tips to be applied for their day to day work.

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An excellent course to be checked by all students of naval architecture. The book was prepared and published by the Maritime University Constanta. The main content of this publication has been divided into numerous sections. The first section of the book addresses the basic principles and introduces the students to the laws that are commonly governing the flotation and this information will help them understand why the vessels float at all; the information provided in this opening section will help in forming the very basic level of knowledge required to complete subject training program. It is followed by the sections addressing the form coefficients of the ship's hull, TPC, Load Lines, basic introduction to the transverse stability, conditions of stability, effect of the free surface on stability, centre of gravity, list and trim, centre of buoyancy, GZ curves and suspended weights.

The remaining sections of the book are dealing with the stability criteria, wall-sided formula, inclining test, ice acceleration, wind heeling, curves of statical stability etc. Some of the practical problems of ship loading have also been covered, together with the international regulations, e.g. IMO Grain Code. At the very end of the book there is an illustrative example of the Stability Information & Tank Sounding Book that can be used for ready and easy reference.

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The official DNV GL - released recommended practice devoted to the on-bottom stability design of the submarine pipelines. This is the latest edition of the document. The authors of the recommended practice consider the stability design for the pipelines that are normally subjected to the current and wave loads. The content of the document is based on the technical experience and development.

The basic principles are compliant with the recognized rules; they reflect the industry practice and results of the latest researches in the field. The main intent of the document is to provide industry with the rational and reasonable design criteria together with the guidance for assessing the stability. The first general section of the volume covers the relationship of this practice with the other codes and touches the safety philosophy.

The next section is dealing with the design including load combinations and weight and resistance calculations plus the design criterion. The other two sections address the established design methods including vertical stability in water, on and in soil, dynamical, generalized, and absolute lateral static stability methods, free spans, seabed stability and other important aspects.

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Digital Ship Magazine - December 2017-January 2018

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In maritime shipping industry of today, the suppliers of bunker fuel tend to employ different dubious practices for the typical operations, and subject malpractices are commonly prevalent in Asian region. Regardless of where the ship is being bunkered, the huge importance of proper and accurate measuring the fuel tanks both prior to and upon completion of the delivery is considered critical phase of all bunker stem operations.

That is why attention shall be paid by the members of the bunkering team taking the barge measurements to the application of the proper trim and list and recording the real temperature of the fuel. Some of the ways of concealing fuel would include hidden compartments and altered lengths of the sounding pipes, short bunker delivery and incorrect sounding tables, doctored gauging devices and others.

The present guidebook prepared by MarineInsight experts shall therefore be of great practical use for the people directly participating in the bunkering process. Apart from the description of different malpractices, the book will provide tips to get better understanding of the bunker gravitating and so-called cappuccino effect, coriolis flow meters, bunker surveys and also different methods and techniques used for detecting concealment of the fuel.

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