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22.04.2018
ANCHORING SYSTEMS AND PROCEDURES

This is the revised edition of the official OCIMF publication, superseding the original release of their "Anchoring Systems and Procedures for Large Tankers". It will provide reader with all necessary guidance and relevant recommendation to promote the safe operation as well as satisfactory operational performance of the anchoring systems normally installed on board ships.

The revision of the publication was considered necessary due to the significantly increased number of incidents that involved failures in windlass motors, anchor losses and associated injuries of the crew members. That is why the decision was made by the experts to get the content of the first edition revised and make it reflect the improved information related to the effective anchoring practices and also to recognize the developments made in the field of anchor systems in the past years.

The authors of the volume have highlighted all design capabilities together with the associated limitations imposed on these systems and equipment with the ultimate intention to enhance the operational safety. The guidance provided in the book will apply to vessels the vessels of all types and sizes and will be useful to their crew members.

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20.04.2018
A CONTINGENCY PLANNING AND CREW RESPONSE GUIDE FOR GAS CARRIERS DAMAGE AT SEA AND IN PORT APPROACHES

The present Guide would mostly be applicable to all liquid gas carriers both at sea and approaches to the ports; it has been released by the working group with the assistance from members of OCIMF, ICS, SIGTTO and ISU aiming to provide a thorough reference that would be useful to the operating managements of gas ships in reviewing or developing their contingency planning.

The contingency plans supplement the SOPEP required for all ships >400 GT as per the Annex I to MARPOL. Regardless of how the liquefied gas is carried (pressure/temperature being meant), the cargo containment shall not be treated as part of the vessel's structure. Such containments are in all cases located inboard of the vessel's side plus above the bottom. The big portion of this booklet has been taken from the CPD (contingency planning document) that have been formulated by the managing teams of a number of companies within the shipping industry.

The present guide is mainly addressed at the ship operating companies  and assumes some general understanding of the cargo characteristics as well as of the design, construction and, of course, operation of the gas carrying ships. Definitely useful publication not only to the managerial stuff but also all personnel.

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20.04.2018
CLEAN SEAS GUIDE FOR OIL TANKERS

The present Guide was prepared and released in accordance with the relevant technical requirements of the MARPOL Conventions and associated interpretations with the intention to be used together with them. Please note however that this paper is not dealing with the requirements related to the construction/equipment.

Under the Annex I of the Convention any discharge of oil or oil-containing mixture is prohibited from the oil tankers,  including the mixtures coming from the bilges located in the cargo pump rooms, within a distance of fifty nautical miles from the nearest land. In addition, the flow and concentration, as well as the quantity of the substances discharges anywhere else are also limited.

Obviously, the only way to ensure due compliance with these limitations is to adhere to the oil retention procedures. Those procedures would typically involve the collection and separation of any oily waters appearing as a result of tank cleaning/ballasting operations. These mixtures are to be accumulated in a special tanks to be subsequently disposed of somewhere ashore.

This volume is mainly concerned with these procedures and their application; the information contained in this document will be of great importance and practical use to the crew members as well as to all other personnel involved in the above stated operations.

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20.04.2018
SOLAS CONSOLIDATED EDITION 2014

   The very latest consolidated edition of the most important IMO Convention. The main purpose of the Convention is, traditionally, to provide the maritime industry with a broad range of measures that have been specifically designed with the intention to improve the safety of human life at sea. Note that the SOLAS Convention is also the oldest one, with its initial released officially adopted more than a century ago, namely in 1914, following the famous tragedy - the sinking of the Titanic resulting in the loss of more than 1500 human lives.

   Since that time, the Convention has been re-issued four times in order to be in line with the technological developments happening in the shipping industry. The present volume contains the consolidated text of the Convention and it was prepared to provide readers with an easy and user-friendly reference to all requirements of this Convention that become applicable since July 2014. All amendments to the requirements that are in effect from July 2014 have also been covered in this volume.

   Again, there are twelve main chapters in the publication providing the general technical provisions, addressing the structure of the ship, it's subdivision and stability issues, machinery and shipboard electrical installations, fire protection, prevention and firefighting systems, equipment and arrangements, LSA, radio and navigation equipment, transportation of various types of cargoes including dangerous cargo, nuclear ships, safety management, certificates issues to the ships fully complying with the applicable requirements of the Convention, relevant documentation, list of the IMO resolutions and a wealth of other valuable regulatory information.

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20.04.2018
A GUIDE TO CONTINGENCY PLANNING FOR THE GAS CARRIER ALONGSIDE AND WITHIN PORT LIMITS

The main purpose of the present guide is to provide a thorough reference which might be useful to various port authorities as well as operating management of LNG carriers and terminals in reviewing or developing their planning in order to avoid the accidents or at lease reduce their possibility. The publication would also be quite helpful in controlling the possible consequences of such accidents happening within the port limits.

This second (revised) edition takes into account the STCW Convention and SOLAS IX as well as the ISM Code. It covers ships in transit and operation, ships alongside, public relations and periodic review. Note, however, that the present publication shall not be treated as a comprehensive technical manual on contingency planning since the authors have confined this document to the aspect directly relating to the carriage and handling of gases.

The circumstances influencing the contingency planning may vary from port to ports in the matters such as nautical/weather considerations, types of cargo being handled, authorities etc. When preparing this document, broader interpretation of the term "contingency planning" was taken, including considerations related to the accident prevention and control of possible consequences. 

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20.04.2018
LIFE—SAVING APPLIANCES INCLUDING LSA CODE 2017 EDITION

The latest official edition of one of the most important IMO publications - Lifesaving Appliances including LSA Code. The content of this regulatory document has been significantly released and updated in order to reflect all technical developments and experience gained for the past years, since the time when the previous edition of the book was released.

Traditionally, the publication opens with a short foreword followed by the International LSA Code with the content arranged in seven chapter covering general requirements applicable to LSA, personal LSA, visual signals, survival craft, rescue boats, launching/embarkation appliances and other LSA. The next part of the book contains the requirements for testing and evaluation of LSA including prototype tests, production and installation tests and three appendices with supplementary information.

The Code of practices for the evaluation, testing and acceptance of prototype novel LSA and arrangements has also been included. As you know, the LSA Code is mandated by Res. MSC.47(66) under SOLAS Reg. III/3.10. the content of this document is a must-know for every crew member and is one of the publications that shall be carried on the navigation bridge of every vessel.

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20.04.2018
IMDG CODE 2014 EDITION SUPPLEMENT

This official publication is the Chemicals Supplement to the IMGS published by the WHO and shall be considered a medical first aid guide (MFAG) to be used in case of accidents involving dangerous goods; the book was released to cover the substances as well as materials and articles that are addressed by the IMDG Code plus the materials that are covered by the Appendix B of the BC Code.

The intention was to provide the necessary technical advice for the initial management of potential poisoning by chemicals and diagnosis within the limits of the marine facilities. It shall be used together with the info that is provided in the BC Code, IMDG Code, EmS, IBC Code, and IGC Code. The treatment that is recommended in the pages of this document is particularly specified in the appropriate data tables and is more comprehensively presented in the Appendices.

Subject treatment cater for the possible consequences of the transportation of the dangerous cargo on board marine vessels. Please take into account that this paper is not intended to cover intentional ingestion; it is understood that the accidental ingestions of the toxic substances during the sea voyage are obviously very rare. This is a really useful and practical must-have book to be held on board of every ship involved in the transportation of the dangerous cargoes by sea.

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20.04.2018
IMO SMCP — STANDARD MARINE COMMUNICATION PHRASES

The SMCP was has been compiled with these major - the first and maybe the most important one was to provide required input in the navigational safety and provide assistance when standardizing the language commonly used during the communication in the course of the navigation at sea and also at the approaches to the ports, in harbors and waterways when the vessels are manned with multilingual crews; another purpose was to provide assistance to the maritime training entities in meeting all objectives stated above.

These communication phrases should not actually be intended to contradict or supplant the COLREG or any other special local recommendations or IMO Rules, neither are they expected to supersede the ICS; it should apply in full compliance with all relevant procedures that have been set out in the ITU Radio Regulations.

Moreover, it shall not be treated as a technical manual providing any operational instructions. We would recommend to use the publication as often as practically possible in preference to any other words or phrases of similar meaning. The accompanying CD (to be installed from included pack of files) is designed to familiarize people with the pronunciation.

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