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Warships for Export - Armstrong Warships 1867-1927

   My interest in Armstrongs began in 1944 when I bought a copy of the 1903 edition of Janes Fighting Ships. In the Italian section was a photograph of a cruiser, the "Piemonte". with a description which included the statement that she was one of the earliest Elswick cruisers and that she was the most heavily armed vessel for her size in the world. Intrigued, I found other Elswick cruisers in the volume and comparing them with their Royal Navy equivalents they seemed better gunned, speedier and better looking. Twenty four years later it occurred to me that a description of these ships might be the basis for two or three articles in the recently founded "Warship International". I wrote to Vickersfor more information and eventually I found myself in correspondence with P H Judd, the Chief Naval Architect (merchant ships) who had access to a mass of archival material giving details about Armstrong ships including dates and dimensions together with a number of photograph albums. Eventually a series of articles were published in "W.I." dealing with Armstrong cruisers and other types. They were mostly bald descriptions with little account of the political climate in which they had been built, nothing about their design history and only a sketchy summary of their careers. Apart from Judd's personal information, based on Armstrong records, all sources were secondary. A few years ago I was contacted by the late David Topliss, then a mature undergraduate at the University of Cambridge, who was engaged in writing the complex and fascinating story of the "Rio de Janeiro". From him I learnt that J. D. Scott, Vickers' historian, had deposited a large amount of Armstrong material in the University Library, most valuably the Elswick Yard Report Books running from 1883 to January 1913, containing bi-monthly reports to the directors on the progress of warships building in the yard. But why bother to write about a firm which ceased to build warships in 1927, of which possibly only one survives, while not even the shipyards and the works which buiit and armed them remain?..

Category: NAVAL HISTORY | Views: 91 |

Laytime and Demurrage

   Publication of the sixth edition is also the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of the first edition in 1986. The law relating to laytime and demurrage is a creation of the English common law arising from judicial decisions going back more than 200 years. The earliest case in the present edition is Wolff v. Hardcastle (1798) 1 B&P 316, a case in the section on liability for demurrage dealing with the description of a cargo consignee. The most recent is The Vine (2011) Lloyd's Rep 301, a decision from part 6 of the first volume of Lloyd's Law Reports published on 18 March 2011, relating to a delay getting into berth. Since publication of the first edition of Laytime and Demurrage, some 300 new judicial and arbitral decisions have been added. This new edition on its own adds well over 40 such decisions. The format of the book follows that adopted in previous editions. There is an important new section at the end of the first chapter tracing recent judicial thinking in relation to the construction of contractual terms, including charterparty laytime clauses, much of it led by Lord Hoffmann. It is worth at this time looking back, however, at some import milestones. The first edition of this book was the first major maritime law text book to include reports of London maritime arbitrations, brief anonymous reports of which have been published in Lloyd's Maritime Law Newsletter since that publication started its fortnightly publication in 1979. The second edition joined the third edition of Time Charters to form the foundation of the popular Lloyd's Shipping Law Library of text books. The third edition was the first major maritime law textbook to be translated into Chinese. In the preface to the fifth edition. I highlighted three areas of the law. which I hoped would receive further judicial consideration. Unfortunately none of these areas of the law have yet to come before the courts. I can therefore only hope that this will happen before publication of the seventh edition. The law is stated as at 1 April 2011.

Category: SHIPPING LAW | Views: 159 |

Silent Killers - Submarines and Underwater Warfare

   The premise and promise of the submarine as a means to reach Earth's last frontier, the depths of the ocean, has grasped public attention for hundreds of years, and in the last century the potential of the submarine as an instrument of war has increasingly commanded the attention of military minds. From hand-cranks, steam, electrical batteries and diesel to nuclear power, and from hand-set explosive charges to nuclear missiles, the submarine and the armaments it can deploy have made it the world's ultimate naval weapon. The earliest wooden submarines have given rise to modern, titanium-hulled, fast, deep-diving, and stealthy "silent killers" that can strike from anywhere in the world where there is deep water — even through thick Arctic ice. As an archaeologist with an interest in the role of technology in shaping society, I have long been fascinated by the development of the submarine.That interest has been honed by incredible experiences and opportunities to work with submarines. This has included archaeological and historical research into the Type A Japanese Midget submarines of the 1930s and 1940s and the detailed analysis of a misidentified Japanese submarine in the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia (US), said to be a sponge-diving craft but actually one of Japan's top secret prewar prototypes for its Midget submarine force.

Category: UNDERWATER | Views: 107 |

Celestia Extended Pack v3.0

   The Celestia EP (Extended Pack) is the extended compilation of software, based on the latest 1.7.0 version released by the Celestia Development Team. There have been many changes and additions made to the original program. This pack will be of great use for everyone interested in astronomy and space - it can be used for education as it contains detailed textures of the various space objects, and numerous tools making the usage of this software easy and simple.

Category: SHIP HANDLING | Views: 114 |

SKF Bearings - Trouble-Free Operation

   Product quality is just one of the factors that determine bearing service life. Operating environment, proper installation and maintenance are also critical to bearing performance. SKF controls bearing quality by using the highest grade raw materials and employing the latest production techniques and statistical process control. As a motor rebuilder, you control operating environment, installation, and, in some cases, maintenance. SKF can provide you and your shop members with the expertise needed to control these factors and increase the service life of the bearings and your rebuilt motors. Controlling these factors will decrease bearing problems identified during bench test, reduce costly warranty claims, increase motor service life, add value to the services you provide your customers.


Eyewitness: Oil

   DK Eyewitness is the most trusted non-fiction series in reference publishing today. It is popular worldwide and copies are sold in more than forty languages. This volume is dedicated to the oil - the reader will find useful and interesting information in the book, such us the history of oil exploration and production, characteristics and application, will see how oil affects our lives.

Category: POPULAR | Views: 172 |

Power Electronics Handbook

   Dedication; Introduction; Power electronic devices; Power conversion; General application; Power generation and distribution; Motor drives; Control; Power quality and EMI issues; Simulation and packaging; Energy sources, storage and transmission.

Category: ELECTRICS AND ELECTRONICS | Views: 196 |

IMDG CODE 37-14 for Windows   Here is one of the most popular and useful maritime applications. IMDG Code 37-14 for Windows. It contains unabridged and complete text of the Code itself, incorporating Amendment 37-14. The Dangerous Goods List is also inside. The software is compatibe with all versions of Windows.

Category: MARINE REGULATIONS | Views: 216 |

How to Prevent Tanker Shortage Claims

   Pre-loading - ship sustainability for the nominated cargo, Preparing the cargo plan; Loading - Working with terminal representatives; Working with the cargo inspector - Surveys prior to loading, Establishing the amount of cargo loaded, Measurement errors; Taking cargo temperature, Checking cargo density, Allowing for trim and list, Sediment and water, Calculationg cargo density; Unloading - Monitoring the discharge of cargo; Maximising outturn - Crude oil washing (COW), Stripping; Working with the cargo inspector - Remaining on board (ROB) surveys; Tanker cargo claims – how they are caused, and how to avoid them.

Category: P & I PUBLICATIONS | Views: 170 |

Competence oа Tender Operators

   This DNV GL standard is intended for those people who shall operate tenders on board Passenger Ships/Passenger RoRo-ships (Ferries). A tender operator shall be able to perform all tasks related to tender operations (e.g. launching, taking command, and sailing), obeying the rules of the road in a dense traffic area and ensuring safety for all on board, while also meeting all applicable safety and environmental standards in accordance with the best practice within the industry. Such work may include the normal and emergency operation of the tender, the use of equipment as well as passenger response.

Category: CLASS PUBLICATIONS | Views: 94 |

Maintenance and Repair for Outboard Motors

   Why to choose an outboard engine; The present and past of the outboards; European Union 2004 emission standard labelling; Distribution networks; Outboard engine anatomy; The power head, shaft, power leg; How the engine works; The two-stroke and four-stroke cycles; Scavenging; Four strokes or two?; The main parts of an outboard engine; Terminology; Piston displacement, torque, compression ratio, HP, power/weight ratio; Number of cylinders in the engine; Specific fuel consumption... and many other topics related to the maintenance and repair of the outboards.

Category: BOATBUILDING & BOATING | Views: 287 |

Distress Flares

   Distress flares are essential items of safety equipment. Flares are one of the most effective and rapid mains of boat signal in distress, indicating your position. It is imperative that flares are stored in a water-proof container. Flares can play a key role in assisting early rescue and also reducing heavy cost of search and rescue operation. Forty-eight percent of boats in Tasmania are used outside smooth waters and so are required to carry flares...

Category: SAFETY OF LIFE AT SEA | Views: 168 |

Power Transformers Principles and Application

   The present book by Jonh Winders is based on the materials of the Transformer Applications Course. It covers the most important topics, such as basic transformer theory, two-winding transformer connections, transformer impedance and losses, three-winding transformers and autotransformers, short circuits and inrush currents. ancillary equipment, reading and applying name plate data, and, finally, maintenance, troubleshooting, testing, and reliability.

Category: ELECTRICS AND ELECTRONICS | Views: 153 |

Essays on Port Economics

   The ultimate aim of the authors of this book was to provide a good overview of the port economics for students, scientists and professionals of the maritime industry. Apart from the introductory part, the book is divided into five major parts addressing demand, supply, port economic impact, regulation and economic, technical and allocative efficiency, and, finally, cost benefit analysis and externalities.

Category: SHIPPING INDUSTRY | Views: 174 |

Ship-handling Competence Requirements for Berthing and Un-berthing Large Vessels

   This DNV GL standard is aimed at officers that are responsible for berthing and un-berthing large vessels. The ship's officer should be capable of taking command of the vessel, operating the ship's controls for the propeller, rudder and thrusters and using tugs in a variety of environmental conditions. The officer should be able to take the vessel through a narrow and shallow channel requiring tight turns, swing the vessel off the berth, bring the vessel alongside at a pre-determined position and un-berth the vessel. The performance standard describes how well the officers should perform their duties and tasks.

Category: CLASS PUBLICATIONS | Views: 160 |

Enterprise - Americas Fightingest Ship and the Men Who Helped Win World War II

   In the tidal flats of the Hackensack River rested a warship waiting to die. She was the most honored man-o'-war in her nation's history. In the spring of 1958, however, USS Enterprise (CV-6) was just one more project in a long line of structures due for dismembering. Lipsett Incorporated was vastly experienced in demolition. Among its credits were dismantling New York City's Second Avenue and Third Avenue elevated lines, as well as many previous ships. An obsolete aircraft carrier, Enterprise had been stricken from the Navy's register in October 1956 and purchased for scrap. Lipsett reckoned that it could turn the half-million-dollar acquisition into a profit by rendering the ship's components into salvageable materials. The carrier's distinctive tripod mast had been removed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, toppling onto the flight deck so she could clear the East River bridges en route to the Kearny, New Jersey, execution site. Propelled by tugs, Enterprise's final journey had taken her past Brooklyn Heights and Governors Island, southwesterly into Upper Bay, thence across to Jersey. Despite the foggy weather, thousands of people and scores of small craft had turned out to witness her dolorous trek. Now, riding easily alongside Lipsett's pier, Enterprise was still intact, her cavernous hangar deck empty of men and aircraft. Only the large scoreboard depicting her wartime tally reminded visitors of what she had been, where she had sailed, and what she had done. She was already thoroughly demilitarized: her last aircraft gone since 1945; her antiaircraft batteries removed; her communications and radar equipment stripped away.

Category: NAVY FLEET | Views: 154 |

Handbook of Transformer Design and Applications

   This book addresses such the important topics as the electric and magnetic fundamentals; Circuit analysis; Circuit performance of power, wideband, audio and pulse transformers; The use of ferromagnetic materials in the inductors and transformers; Various mechanical and thermal considerations; Insulation systems; Design procedures; Rectifier and inverter transformers; Multiple-phase transformers; Other static magnetic devices; Magnetic device economics and procurement practice; Magnetic device specifications; Quality assurance; Computer applications.

Category: ELECTRICS AND ELECTRONICS | Views: 170 |

Delivery of Goods by the Carrier under the Contract of Carriage by Sea, a Focus on China

   Delivery of goods by the carrier is an indispensable part in contract of carriage of goods by sea. At first sight, delivery often seems to have been executed by transferring goods from the carrier to consignee(s) at the destination or other place(s). In a legal sense however, delivery of goods is an essential part of the obligations imposed on the carrier under the contract, and it contains more comprehensive implications. It may be said that the issues in regard to delivery of goods came when the vessel operators were separated from merchant traders and that the contract of carriage of goods by sea emerged. To whom shall the goods be delivered has been, since then, one of the central topics in the shipping practice. Disputes concerning delivery are common in maritime field for years worldwide, and particularly, in China. Statistics shows that more than 75% of the litigation cases brought in Chinese maritime courts, which deal with the contract of carriage of goods by sea. are concerned with the delivery, especially deliveries to wrong person. In addition, we have reasons to believe that a certain number of disputes or legal problems on this topic may not yet at all, have been brought to courts. The hits around the delivery of goods continue. Issues such as liabilities of delivery without bill of lading or delivery under straight bills of lading, relationship between delivery and the end of carrier's responsibility period, the right of suit for delivery, the resolution for the carrier when no taking over of the goods, so on and so forth, have drawn large attention and provoked hot discussions among scholars, judges and practitioners.

Category: SHIPPING INDUSTRY | Views: 142 |

Hellas HiLights - July 2012

   Hellas HiLights - UK P&I Club Publication - July 2012. The UK P&I Club has successfully rebuilt its capital position; Broker evening; Posidonia Open Day; Making a difference to Members; Financial highlights; Kempton Park Race Evening.

Category: P & I PUBLICATIONS | Views: 97 |

Competence of Ships Officers for Hull Inspection

   The standard covers the tasks of inspecting the hull of the vessel, both internally and externally. It requires the inspection of the deck and external hull. In all cases inspection should be carried out whilst the vessel is in-service and in dock. The standard is intended to provide a core set of competences for inspection. It excludes any effects of specific coatings from named manufacturers or specifics for specialised vessels. This standard assists shipowners in their responsibility towards the integrity of their vessels by obtaining timely and structured information on the condition of the hull. The standard does NOT cover all competencies required to be qualified for the survey of ships. The standard focuses on the competences to inspect and report the condition of the hull. Any safety requirements needed to conduct the inspections therefore lie outside the scope of the standard. Below, relevant quotes from the ISM Code and STCW 78, as amended are given...

Category: CLASS PUBLICATIONS | Views: 197 |

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