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22.05.2018
A POCKET GUIDE TO ENGINE ROOM WATCHKEEPING ON SHIPS

Another useful and interesting publication prepared and released by the MarineInsight team. This volume will provide information about watchkeeping in the engine room of vessels. We know that the watchkeeping is considered one of the fundamental parts of the duties of any engineer on board.

The effective watchkeeping is critically important for those willing to make sure that the shipboard machinery and hull systems work smoothly with no breakdown or errors. The watchkeeping would normally include marking frequent rounds in the machinery space and tracking the key parameters.

Note that the proper watchkeeping will also help ensure the safety of the vessel and crew members. The engineers dealing with watch shall consider various important factors, and all of them have been addressed in this publication. Starting from the very first days in the machinery room the engineers and crew members shall have deep and thorough understanding of their duties as well as of the established operating procedures.

They shall know how each machinery system works since this is the only way to keep an efficient watch. All operating and emergency procedures shall be clearly understood and followed...

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22.05.2018
GUIDELINES FOR OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATIONS

The main objective of the present manual was to provide all required guidance related to the safety of the crew members on board all ships engaged in supporting and servicing various offshore facilities; another intention of its authors was to facilitate reduction of the risks commonly associated with offshore marine operations. This would particularly be related to the operations of the vessels and offshore facilities.

The best practices that have been summarized in the pages of this publication mainly reflects ones adopted in the NWEA, i.e. North-West European Area, but may actually be applied globally. The opening section of the document is introductory and provides information about its purpose and use, structure and style, hierarchy of the authorities involves, local or regional supplements etc. The next section covers the abbreviations used throughout the document together with the terminology definitions. The third section is dealing with the responsibilities and roles of the parties, and it is followed by the section addressing operational risk management issues.

The remaining sections of the guidebooks have been devoted to the certification and training, competency and manning, operational communications and meetings, collision risk management, cargo handling operations and bulk cargo handling, MOU moving, anchor handling operations and many other important aspects of the marine offshore activities.

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22.05.2018
CREW HEALTH PROGRAMME

The official guidance publication issued by the UK P&I Club to provide information about the so-called PEME, standing for the pre-employment medical examination programme. Subject UK P&I Club programme has been named the leading and most effective initiative in the field of loss prevention within the Club. All clinics approved under PEME will be accountable to the Club and all its Members for performance.

The scheme has been specifically designed in order to protect owners of the ships from the claims that commonly arise from the medical conditions that were existing before employment. Another goal is to provide the crew members with the perfect health checks before they go to work at sea.

In fact this program is deservedly considered most inclusive and remarkably extensive system currently available in the maritime shipping industry and is one of the fundamental elements of the loss prevention scheme established in the Club.

This compact booklet will provide the basic information about the program, starting with the introduction. The chapters of the booklet cover the examination schemes, the Crew Health process and relevant advice, testimonials and other information.

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21.05.2018
A MANUAL OF MARINE ENGINEERING

Another rare and classic marine publication, this one is one of the oldest manuals on marine engineering. The content of the publication reflects the situation in the maritime industry and marine engineering as of the year 1896. Even taking into account that there have been so many significant developments and changes in the marine engineering field since then, the main concept and fundamentals of the engineering remain unchanged throughout the century.

The manual was originally developed with the intention of the author to supply the needs of the students and engineers with respect to the basic principles of design and construction of the shipboard machinery. The data on which the content of the book bases, was collected during the decades of both theoretical study and also practical work. The rules and formulas that are introduced in the pages of this volume shall be used by the people engaged in the design of the machinery.

We would say that the publication will be of great use to the persons willing to get the understanding of the machinery since it covers virtually all aspects of marine engineering including nominal and indicated horse power, efficiency of the shipboard engines, ship resistance, simple and compound marine engines, mean pressure, expansion of steam, parts of the engine, condensers and pumps, propellers, valves and associated diagrams, boilers and many other areas.

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21.05.2018
SIGNIFICANT SHIPS & SIGNIFICANT SMALL SHIPS OF 2008

Two more volumes of the popular Significant Ships and Significant Small Ships. This set was issued ten years ago and covers the most interesting vessels delivered in 2008. Among the ships constructed that year there were the world's largest ore carrier Brasil Maru delivered at Mitsui shipyard, Al Ghuwairiya liquid natural gas carrier, City of Hamburg vessel designed specifically for the Airbus concept and built in Singapore, Clipper Mars liquid petroleum gas carrier and Clipper Point ferry, Combi Dock 1 heavy lift ship.

There were also such remarkable vessels as Fair Seas tanker, Emirates Star and Horizon Armonia product tankers, Cruise Roma and Island Sky ferries, Korsaro chemical tanker, Mariloula bulk carrier, MSC Poesia cruise liner, Mystic Capesize bulk carrier, Mozah LNG tanker, Mari Ugland tanker, RN Arkhangelsk Arctic tanker featuring DEICE notation, Seven Seas pipe laying vessel, Sepid Suezmax tanker, West Polaris drillship and so many others.

The second volume traditionally covers smaller ships and this release will tell readers about such ships as America escort tug designed and built to be used in North America, AHTS Ark Tori and Greatship Anjali, Don Osiris crew supply boat, Hirta patrol ship, Iliria patrol craft, Island Constructor multi-purpose OSV featuring DP2 notation, Solway Spirit catamaran, OSV Messico, LOS 116 pilot craft, Vivax tractor tug, Wave Ranger workboat and others...

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21.05.2018
TO SAIL BEYOND THE SUNSET

A very popular autobiographical masterpiece by the bestselling author - a truly excellent return to the alternate universes known and loved by all fans. The book is full of the characters most beloved by the master. It is intended to broaden and enrich epic visions of life and death, time and space, love and desire...

So many readers have already appreciated this volume and treated it as thought-provoking and admirably successful. All alternative universes mentioned above are well done and the autobiographical material itself is perfect. According to the reviews submitted by the critics from different parts of the world, the book is spirited and exuberant and shall be considered as maybe the most defining work of the author reflecting his very long and so successful career.

The author of this book, Robert Heinlein, graduated from the United States Naval Academy but, unfortunately, retired from the American Navy in five years time due to the illness. He is the four-time winner of the prestigious Hugo Award, he got subject award for his famous novels - Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers, Double Star and, finally, The Moon is a Harsh. These novels and others made him very popular...

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20.05.2018
FIRE PREVENTION AND FIRE FIGHTING — MODEL COURSE 1.20

The present IMO Model Course was developed to provide required training to the candidates in the fire prevention and fire fighting as per the STCW Code. The syllabus of this training course is covering all requirements of the Chapter VI Section A-VI/1 of the STCW Convention, particularly para 2 and Table A-VI/1-2.

The trainees who successfully complete the course will meet the standard of competence in accordance with the fire preventing and fighting related requirements and be competent when taking correct measures regarding personnel and ship safety; they will also get all required knowledge to be able to operate all fire appliances in proper manner.

All necessary fire prevention knowledge will be provided to the trainees. The main part of the course covers the concept of the fire triangle and its application to the fire and explosion, types of ignition, ignition sources, flammable materials that are normally found on board ships, fire hazards etc.

Then the trainees with get information about the organization of fire fighting on board ships, location of the appliances to be used, arrangement of the emergency escape routes, fire spread, measures taken to detect fire and smoke, classification of shipboard fires, selection of the appropriate fire fighting appliances, fixed fire fighting installations, breathing apparatus and their use for fighting fires and effecting rescues, literally everything they need to know.

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20.05.2018
FISHERS FIRST — GOOD PRACTICES TO END LABOUR EXPLOITATION AT SEA

The content of the present report is focusing on the established good practices and also covers the innovative interventions that are intended to improve the labor conditions on board ships and to protect the people employed in this sector of marine industry. It is following the report by the ILO that was released back in 2013 and addressed the trafficking and forced labor in fisheries.

Subject report provided information about the knowledge about human trafficking and forced labor today together with the existing legal and institutional frameworks involved. The fishing sector of marine industry is known for the work deficits. Though majority of the companies operating fishing vessels work compliant with the legal frameworks and commonly avoid serious work deficits, there still have been some cases that tarnished the overall reputation of this sector.

This shall be given particular attention taking into account the economic importance of the fishing industry both from the employment and food security perspective. Even though the main focus is made on Asian region, actually the cases of forced labor and human trafficking take place worldwide. According to ILO, more than twenty million people are engaged in forced labor...

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