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Anchoring safely

   Here is the officially released video training file dedicated to the problems of the anchoring and mainly addressing larger vessels. From Hong Kong to Rotterdam, Singapore to New York, the past twenty years have seen a massive increase in world trade and, with it, the volume of world shipping. Too frequently amended schedules and orders has been added even more time at anchor, waiting for berths to become free, demanding ever more care for masters, crews and pilots concerned for the safety of their vessels. For the past twenty years have seen over a thousand anchor related incidents, mainly among the largest vessels. Anchors have been let go in the wrong place, at the wrong time, in the wrong way... the costs, expenditures and equipment is immense and poses the awkward question - do those responsible properly understand the basic design principles and limitations of their anchoring equipment? In addressing this question head on and since most reported incidents have been aboard the large vessels, our program looks closely at two separate anchorings aboard the same bulk carrier plying between Europe and North America. In illustrating here what is best in anchoring practice, we should also point out the pit falls for ships of all sizes...

Category: SHIP HANDLING | Views: 150 | | Comments (0)

Methods for the Study of Marine Benthos

   This is the very latest third edition of the "Methods...". The initial edition of the title was released about thirty-five years ago and was revised in between in order to take account of the latest interest and scientific approaches. As a result, this edition of the publication is absolutely up-to-date; the authors are making his best to to provide readers with the information on such topics relating to the studies of marine benthos as the analysis and design methods used in benthic surveys, diving systems, macro- and meiofauna techniques, sediment analysis, characterization of the seabed, sampling of the deep-sea benthos, and measurements of the energy and flow matter etc. The book has the aims mostly similar to the ones that have been declared in the previous editions of the publication, and even retains more or less arrangement including topics covered. However, it should be noted that there are some serious changes to the content of the book - for example, the authors dropped the chapter dedicated to the vessel position fixing, and they also appropriately redistributed in several chapters the considerations of phytobethos that used to be contained in one chapter. There are some other changes made to this publication by the author

Category: MARINE SCIENCE & OCEANOGRAPHY | Views: 118 | | Comments (0)

A Brief Guide to Understanding Commercial Operations and Cargo Documentation on Oil Tankers

   Here is another useful publication released by the marine professionals of the Marine Insight web resource, and this one is addressing the commercial operations of the oil tankers and associated documentations. It has been compiled by one of the leading marine experts of the community fact. Handling the documentation properly is extremely important since any, even relatively small, mistake could easily result in the significant loss of revenue. Therefore, it is a "must" to be duly familiar with the professional jargon and all documents involved. The publication is divided into seven major chapters dealing with the finding cargo and fixing the ship, important documentation for the terminal and for the surveyor, and at the load and at the discharge port. There is a separate chapter dedicated to the letters of protest, i.e. LoP. In addition to that, a Glossary providing main terms and definitions supplements the publication. This book will be very useful for anyone involved in making arrangements in the field of the oil transportation by sea. The amount as well as quality of the material provided in it makes the publication of great interest for any maritime business professional as it allows them to make proper decisions affecting the effectiveness of such deals.

Category: SHIPPING INDUSTRY | Views: 197 | | Comments (0)

Alert - Issue 13 - Fatigue

   The present issue of the Bulletin is intended to introduce the second phase of our project having the purpose of improving the awareness of such important factor of the maritime industry, as the Human Element. This project is planned to be running for another 3 years being sponsored by Lloyd's Register. Through all the first twelve issues of the Alert bulletin, the author tried to focus on the various areas involving one or more elements of the vessel's lifecycle - this was some kind of reminder that the considerations relating to the Human Element shall not be treated as one starting at the design stage and finishing at the time when the ship is delivered; they shall rather be applied throughout the working cycle of the vessel, with the particular attention being paid at the time when its role or the manning philosophy is updated; this may also be the time of retro-fitting new ship systems or equipment. In the next nine issues of the bulletin the authors will mainly focus on the proper application of the knowledge that has been accumulated, in order to cover the specific HE issues of effective communication, slips/trips/falls, fatigue, safety, wellbeing, information management, alarm and automation management, education and training, complacency matters etc. We are trying to represents the professional views on all sectors of the marine industry... This training video supplements the booklet.

Category: ALERT SERIES | Views: 309 | | Comments (0)

Robotics and Automation in the Maritime Industries

   This publication was prepared by three recognized experts in the industry with the ultimate intention to disseminate the accumulated technical knowledge and applications of the Spanish scientific research groups that are working in the field of maritime robotics and automation. We have some discerning between control and guidance, when applied to the marine vehicles. The term "guidance" usually corresponds to the determining of the attitude, speed and course of the marine vehicle, relative to the established reference frame, eg. earth, that is to be followed by the above mentioned vehicle. The term "control" rather corresponds to the development and application to a marine vehicle of the various forces/moments for operating point control, tracking and stabilization, and this would involve the feedback/feedforward control laws. This book consists of fourteen chapters covering the control problems in marine vehicles, interactive software tools, long disturbances compensation techniques, reactive control of a visually guided UCT (underwater cable tracker), underwater climbing robots and impact systems used for the hull cleaning, sea trials simulation and other important, interesting and innovative topics...

Category: MISCELLANEOUS | Views: 389 | | Comments (0)

Alert 13 - Fatigue

   Alert Human Element - Issue 13, addressing the Fatigue and released under the motto "Time to wake up to the consequences of fatigue". Many accident investigation report nowadays will have fatigue stated as one of the main causes, such as the collision, or grounding, for instance, that have been easily caused by lack of attention by fatigued ship officer, his lack of sleep or excessive workload on top of his regular watchkeeping duties... But minimum manning and watchkeeping patterns are not the only causes of fatigue. There is a whole variety of environmental or operational, physiological or psychological factors that could, in some way, affect not only health but also the performance of every person on board. The IMO Guidelines on Fatigue Mitigation and Management provide various practical ways of combating the fatigue - we would say that this is the essential reading for all those people involved in the design, construction, management and operation of ships. And something else that should be seriously considered, is the USCG's Crew Endurance Management Program which identifies the factors that are affecting the crew's endurance and specific risks directly related to the operations of the vessel; and, there is a lot of another important work going on... This video supplements the Human Element bulletin on the same topic.

Category: ALERT SERIES | Views: 223 | | Comments (0)

Container Port Production and Economic Efficiency

   Properly conducted and efficient measurement always plays a very important role in all kinds of production. The team of authors of this book made an attempt to analyze the relationship between three factors - ownership, competition and, finally, port efficiency by means of traditional theories and empirical examination. With the ongoing globalization of the world economy, the importance of the container port industry is increasing. The research conducted by the authors was mainly motivated by the existing contrast between the importance of today's container port industry and a very limited number of thorough scientific researches of the economic theories underpinning it. Most part of such theories is based simply on the assumptions and shall be investigated much more thoroughly. Another motivating factor was the importance of the efficiency measurement and lack of such researches in the industry in question. This publication consists of seven chapter, with first and last ones being introduction and conclusion, correspondingly. The main body of the book is telling readers about the economic theory of container port production, describes some of the alternative approaches to the measurement of the efficiency, provides model specification and data, as well as empirical analysis and results. Numerous appendices provide some required supplementary info.

Category: SHIPPING INDUSTRY | Views: 381 | | Comments (0)

Standard handbook of engineering calculations

   This updated and thoroughly revised edition of the book is a true must-have for every engineer and technician regardless of the field of engineering activity. As a rule, such textbooks are very useful in setting the standards for calculations conducted in many different branches of engineering. The present book is very easy to use and does not contain any complicated calculation procedures. It shall definitely be treated as a very essential reference for any engineer, technician and student since it contains more than five thousand calculation procedures showing easy and quick calculation procedures and formulas that will allow the reader to solve most of the engineering problems that are usually encountered in the industries. Tyler Hicks, the author of the book chose the "cookbook" format and presented the material in the new form of detailed "recipes" describing the problems to be solved; the very easy to understand and follow, step-by-step procedures are there for every problem and the theoretical part is supplemented with numerous examples and cross-referenced calculations. The publication is packed with the modern calculation methods as well as the new data. Compared to the previous edition, this one includes new chapters on the HVAC procedures, design code changes, it complies with the very latest environmental regulations etc.


Dangerous & Difficult Bulk Cargoes - Best Practice and the IMSBC Code

   The possible hazards that are associated with transportation of the bulk cargoes by sea are not usually restricted just to handling them correctly during the loading and discharge. Such cargo itself can present very serious risk, especially if the cargo is undergoing some changes in the make-up during the hold on passage - because it gets too hot, or too wet, or not ventilated enough. The consequence of such changes may be a loss of the vessel, or of lives of people on board. We would recommend you to begin your training with this video film which is considered the basic learning tool. The present guide is intended to serve as a textbook and reference source covering the basic principles governing the carriage and handling of the bulk cargoes of all types. Unfortunately, there are too many examples showing us that the bulk cargoes must be treated with the critical respect. The risks are real and you will find some of the examples in this guide. You will find the recommended practices and useful instructions in this training booklet. Significant part of the book is dedicated to the IMSBC Code released by IMO to codify the best bulk cargo transportation practice, and its requirements. This publication is to be present on board every bulk carrier and the requirement contained in the Code are to be followed as necessary.

Category: CARGO HANDLING | Views: 818 | | Comments (0)

Compressor Handbook - Principles and Practice

   The original intention of the author of this publication was to provide readers with basic technical knowledge allowing them to understand the construction and working principles of the compressors, namely of the dynamic and positive displacement types. He managed to address all technical aspects of their operation and performance. People who spend some of their time going through the pages of this book, will for sure learn nearly everything they may need to know and will be able to select and operate these compressors safely and effectively - they will also have the idea of correct troubleshooting in case of necessity. The readers will know how to communicate with the peers, manufacturers, and sales personnel. Several selected real life case studies have been included by the author to supplement the theory. This publication demonstrates the investigative methods that are used to identify and subsequently isolate various causes, e.g. operating errors, design deficiencies, changes of the machinery process, environmental conditions, manufacturing defects etc. Improving such skills will definitely help workers to return to their workplaces and do their job even more effectively. Compressors form very important part of the machinery on board; that is why their installation and operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair should be performed at the highest level possible, to avoid any sort of technical problems that may be encountered.

Category: MARINE ENGINEERING | Views: 906 | | Comments (0)

Dangerous & Difficult Bulk Cargoes - Best Practice and the IMSBC Code

   Many of us are aware of the risks associated with the loading and unloading of bulk cargo. But it is not always obvious that the cargoes themselves and their carriage can also be a serious hazard. Some bulk carriers have loaded cargoes which have later liquefied, leading to instability and capsize; other vessels have loaded cargoes which have suffered violent chemical reaction resulting in catastrophic explosion and fatal consequences. We need a way of knowing how to handle these cargoes safely, by identifying any potential risks before it is too late. That is why there is a code book which must be aboard any bulk carrier, that sets out the requirements associated with complex and solid dangerous bulk cargo. It is called the IMSBC Code and it is not just another set of rules. It is an essential tool to help prevent accidents. This Code guides us about the risks from different cargoes, of structural damage, personal safety, effect on stability, as well as procedures concerning security and cargo testing. And, what is the most important, the Code is there to provide reference to help ship officers assess whether or not to accept the particular bulk cargo.. This video training film shall be supplementing the training booklet providing the text information on same topic.

Category: CARGO HANDLING | Views: 517 | | Comments (1)

Commercial Ship Surveying

   This book provides readers with a necessary guidance on the whole survey process - they will know what shall be done to prepare, and what exactly would constitute good practice; all info presented in the publication is completely detailed, making the process able to be executed as quickly and efficiently as possible. In addition to the process of conducting the survey, some supplementary topics have been described in this book - such topics include the ships likely encountered, the rigging and gear, as well as the required special techniques. The author performed an excellent and thorough research, providing numerous practical examples and photo reference materials; you will understand not only what happens during the marine surveys but also how the ship officers and marine surveyors are expected to perform those surveys. This book ensures that the readers clearly understand each step of the surveying process. In fact, it is the first work to describe the on/off-hire and bunker surveys so comprehensively and, at the same time, in a very clear and easy to understand way. The publication includes numerous images and illustrations to clarify the key concepts outlines by the author. We would highly recommend this book to anyone who is conducting marine surveys or planning to get involved in such activities in the future. Apart from theory, the book is full of valuable practical examples.

Category: SHIPPING INDUSTRY | Views: 809 | | Comments (0)

Alert 12 - Fit for Purpose

   For those who do not already know, Alert is possibly the best place for the discussion of the human element issues in the marine industry. And almost the starting point is the clear fact that the ship must be built and designed having the user and operational tasks in mind, and also bearing in mind the special environmental conditions that are likely to be encountered throughout the service life of the vessel - simply because it makes sense. Experienced crew members need to be on hand during design and build to make sure that the vessel as well as its systems are fit for the intended purpose. And it obviously makes sense to ensure that these people are familiar enough with the vessel they are intending to work on, before the vessel leaves the construction yard. International conventions and maritime industry guidelines require that the ships carry the right number of competent crew members to ensure safe operation of the ships and their systems, and there are some other things we shall consider... making sure that people involved in the design process and building of the ship have a real understanding the ways of the sea; it is also critically important to make sure that the operating instructions and handbooks on board are taking into account the possible difference in the nationalities, cultures and languages of the seafarers working on the ship... the present video film is intended to supplement this training booklet

Category: ALERT SERIES | Views: 268 | | Comments (0)

The Adlard Coles Book of Navigation

   We all have to be navigators since navigation is the sort of science or even art of controlling the travel. As soon as we start learning how to walk, at the same time we start learning how to navigate properly. For sure, we all start from the very simple journeys where we are able to see the destination point even before we have set-off... This book by Tim Bartlett is an excellent reference for people who follow the navigation course by RYA. It very practical - the author explained absolutely everything the readers need to know in order to safely and accurately navigate their yachts or motorboats from port to port. The reader is offered a number of very clear and informative data diagrams, examples and color images. Each stage of the navigation has been dealt with, including everything related to the electronic navigation matters. It is one of the best available textbooks and the bestseller. The book will be particularly helpful for the newcomers, people with little to no experience in navigation. We would say it is a true must-have for any yachtsman due to the amount and importance of the information included by the author, and the simple and easily understandable way this information has been presented to the readers. The publication has been highly-ranked by several recognized magazines such as Yachting Monthly and The Nautical Magazine.

Category: NAVIGATION & SEAMANSHIP | Views: 951 | | Comments (0)

Fundamentals of Air Pollution

   Here is the latest edition of the popular and premier air pollution book - it was completely revised by the team of author and now includes many new components. This textbook covers the wide range of topics that er relating to the study of the air pollution; in addition to that, there are some new chapters included in the book covering the atmospheric emissions and long term effects of the pollution. The authors of the book also present the updated info on acidic development, mathematical modeling, long distance transport etc. It is a perfect compendium for every person involved, either directly or not directly, in making serious decisions in conjunction with the air pollution prevention and control. It will be useful even for non-specialists since they will find very concise and technically correct answers to the most difficult problems. We would say that the book presents a thorough multi-disciplinary overview of all the aspects that are relating to the air pollution - it will also be very interesting for people willing to know a bit more about the subject topic in general. Written by the recognized industry experts, this textbook is a truly outstanding place to start learning about pollution topics and their relations to the other problems. The material has been presented in a very easy to read manner making the book very handy and helpful for everyone, not only to specialists.

Category: MISCELLANEOUS | Views: 450 | | Comments (0)

DICTIONARY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

   The present scientific dictionary was developed by Simon Collin and first released some fifteen years ago with the intention to provide the learners of English and people who need the be familiar with the English terminology relating to the technology and some fields of science, to perform their day-to-day work. This is the second edition of the dictionary, completely revised and now fully up-to-date with the latest developments in various areas of technology and science. This world popular and recognized dictionary offers more than seventeen thousand terms from such aspects of technology and science as physics, mechanics, engineering, electronics, earth sciences, chemistry, telecommunications and so many others. The recently updated edition contains hundreds of new terms including environmental protection and even computing, each provided with very clear and concise definitions. We would treat this dictionary as the ideal reference source for students and professionals. There are some supplements at the end of the dictionary, containing various additional information like mathematical symbols, the periodic table, measurements etc. Definitely must-have one.

Category: ENGLISH | Views: 549 | | Comments (0)

merchant ship stability

   This book dealing with the stability of the merchant vessels was written by H. J. Pursley, formerly lecturer to the School of Navigation of the University of Southampton, and revised by J. Wardle, Extra Master. We are all aware of the significant changes that have been made to the approach to the stability of the ships, and these changes did affect merchant vessels. For example, examination requirements considerably increased, the metric units were introduces; in addition to that, the recommendations have been produced for a standard method of presenting/using stability info. In this 7th release of the book all above stated changes were considered and the publication meets all those requirements. Some of the basic information is retained in order to be of some use for the readers who are not familiar with the subject. However, the rest of the text is expanded and re-arranged. The authors of the book did their best to carefully link the theoretical information contained within the book with practice with the particular attention being paid to the matters which might be not fully appreciated by seamen. It is a good and useful publication providing seamen with the basic knowledge without making them go too deep into the theory of naval architecture.

Category: NAVAL ARCHITECTURE | Views: 1366 | | Comments (0)

chartering terms

   This is a truly useful and remarkable publication for every person involved in shipping. The author, Kevin Stephens from PPG, standing for the Project Professionals Group, did a huge work - he managed to collect hundreds of the important and necessary chartering terms and provide proper and understandable explanations for all of them. We would strongly recommend this book to everyone dealing with such specific terminology in their day-to-day work, operations or correspondence; it is really a must-have reference publication for such sort of professionals. All shipping and chartering terms are arranged in alphabetical order for easier reference. Subject book will be equally useful for the industry professionals in the field of marine business and economics, ship operation and management, marine insurance and law, and to the people studying the subject disciplines in universities to use in their future career. It is indeed one of the best collections of general shipping and chartering terms and abbreviations available today. Since the file containing the Glossary is small file, it should not be a problem to get it transferred to you mobile device and have it readily available whenever necessary.

Category: MARINE ECONOMICS & BUSINESS | Views: 949 | | Comments (0)

Autonics Power Controllers

   Another pack of official technical documentation, this one refers to the Autonics Single Phase Power Controllers, SPC1 Series. Caution for your safety - Ordering info - Tech Specifications - Factory default - Parts description - Dimensions - Connection - Application - Control input specification and function for each mode - Temperature derating curve - Caution for using - Major Autonics products. The Manual included in the released pack will be helpful when operatuing and maintaining subject equipment.


Alert - Issue 12 - Fit for Purpose

   In many parts of the world recognition of competence is a necessary professional requirement for employment, career development and, unfortunately, liability insurance. As interest in the Human Element grows, not least in response to the awareness raised by Alert!, there will be a need for recognition of competence in the skills related to the science and practice related to addressing Human Element issues in the marine context. Traditional professional bodies, such as the Ergonomics Society and Psychological Societies, emphasise academic qualifications as necessary entry requirements. For such bodies, technical experience that contributes to recognition is centred on the application of particular technical skills, rather than experience in a particular sector of industry. Sector experience, in this case experience in the marine sector, is not taken into account. In any new area of application of the sciences and techniques related to the Human Element the individuals with the responsibility and interest to address these issues will come from a range of backgrounds including, in the case of the marine industry, ship's officers, engineers, surveyors, designers, office staff, academics, etc. A coherent professional body of knowledge may or may not emerge, depending on the depth of the requirement and the novelty of the treatment of the Human Element in the sector. What is required in terms of professional recognition is a scheme that recognises a range of academic backgrounds and gives due regard to experience and achievement.

Category: ALERT SERIES | Views: 527 | | Comments (0)

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