19.12.2017

A real ship stability information manual of the Diamond 53 which is the handymax sized bulk carrier design. The document will serve as an excellent reference source when used for training purposes by the people learning how to develop a good stability manuals and understand typical arrangement of the paper. The document starts with the general introduction providing instruction to the ship's Master.

Then the information comes related to the main particulars of the vessel, definitions used throughout the document and conversion table. The next major part of the manual contains necessary information about the stability of the vessel, free surface effect, proper use of the data tables, visibility and air draught, draught/trim calculations, ship displacement, hydrostatic data, stability curves, stability criteria, ballast water exchange info, calculation of load and strength, and other important aspects.

The rest of the chapters in the manual provide tank capacity information, ship loading conditions, distribution of the lightweight, working examples, stability data including KN and MS tables, max KG and min LM limits, inclining test and other information. All relevant drawings are also included together with the loading conditions.

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19.12.2017

DNV GL issued the present official Recommended Practice in 2015 to cover the development and operation of LNG bunkering facilities. Today, liquefied natural gas fuel is considered a viable option for vessels. It differs from the traditional marine fuels as it features low flash point and also cryogenic temperature. Note, however, that the LNG is not widespread as bunker fuel at the moment.

That is why it is absolutely necessary to have due understanding of all risks normally involved in bunkering operations using liquefied natural gases. The main purpose of this document was to establish required guidelines related to protection of the safety of crew members, property and the environment in the course of the development and operation of the bunkering facilities.

The authors tried to provide the industry with the required technical guidance addressing the organizational and technical issues as well as functional and operational matters to ensure the global compatibility and also to get to higher level of safety, reliability and integrity of above mentioned facilities. The safety management system is also covered within this book together with the risk management framework. Numerous appendices give some additional information.

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19.12.2017

The publication released by China Register and providing guidance notes concerned with the natural gas fuel ready vessels. The requirements for control of the air pollution from vessels become more and more strict - subject matter is governed by the internationally recognized documents such as MARPOL convention, relevant codes and regulations governing these systems.

The present guidebook was prepared by CCS to supplement the CSS Rules with the intention to define the applicable technical requirements relating to the natural gas fuel ready systems and also to provide necessary guidance for the design of such vessels, their periodical surveys, construction and conversion projects. The main content has been arranged in four major chapters, first one being introductory and containing general provisions including definitions and scope of application.

The second chapter contains technical requirements commonly applicable to this type of systems. The third chapter of the paper is dealing with the plans and documents including general requirements, conversion plans, etc. The last chapter is devoted to the surveys and contains both general and special requirements.

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17.12.2017

The present training booklet together with the accompanying video film shall serve as an excellent and very informative introduction to the hatch covers giving the overall view. It will be best when used in conjunction with the hatch cover operating manual of the particular vessel as this would allow crew members to get specific assistance with the inspection of the hatch covers, their operation and periodical maintenance.

The content of the booklet opens with two chapters dealing with the properties, type and structures of the hatch covers including operating systems and component parts. There the chapters come devoted to the inspection and maintenance of the hatch covers, their safe operation including operation in extreme weather such as hot and cold weather, high winds and heavy rains, methods of testing the hatch covers for water- and weather-tightness including hose testing an ultrasound testing, air and choke test, and hatch covers at sea issues like use of sealing tapes and high expansion foams.

The assessment questions have been provided and supplemented with the correct answers to track the learning progress. There are also two appendixes, the first one lists IMO regulations governing hatch covers while the second one provides the hatch cover inspection list. Absolutely recommended training for all crew members of the vessels equipped with hatch covers.

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17.12.2017

Hatch covers are considered a major cause of shipboard accidents causing serious injuries to the crew members and dock personnel as well as to the cargoes transported by the vessel. In some cases when the operational/maintenance procedures are not duly followed this may even lead to the loss of ships. These dangers have been highlighted by the several fatal accidents involving hatch covers deservedly treated as hazardous equipment.

Since the modern hatch covers are very complex and sophisticated, many of them have been covered within this training. Note that the training set consists of this video and associated booklet. All of the associated peripheral items including rubber packing and bearing pads, compression bars and hatch cover cleats have been illustrated and clearly explained; the authors of this training video have emphasized how these items contribute to the overall tightness of the hatch cover assembly and preserve cargo from ingress of water.

The content of the video features detailed professional analysis of the typical problems together with the recommendations for the routine inspections of the hatch covers and corrective actions where necessary. This training set will definitely help in increasing awareness of the crew members and provide them all with the required knowledge.

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17.12.2017

This is the updated official release of Coating Reference Handbook by world famous and respected Hempel. The intention of the authors of the document was to put together all relevant information in order to assist readers looking for the best performing paints. The publication was originally developed as an instrument to be used by the Hempel's Coating Advisers; however, much broader audience can actually benefit from the references, equipment, practical advise, technical data and standards that are commonly used in the industry.

The book is in everyday use by the Coating Advisers of the company and has already proven to be very valuable. It starts with the information about different substrates to be coated, such as aluminum and stainless steel, concrete, metalizing and galvanizing, followed by the section dealing with the standards established to provide assistance when defining appropriate procedures and results concerning selection of proper method, surface preparation, quality of the result obtained etc.

The other sections address the equipment used for application of the paint, check points as applicable to the steel and concrete, guidelines on blasting and use of abrasives, preparation grade, roughness, shop primers etc. Some useful data tables are also provides for easy reference.

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17.12.2017

This official UK P&I Club publication is devoted to delivery of the cargo transported by ships without original bills of lading. It is quite common to accept and LOI, standing for the letter of Indemnity, for a lot of trades including oil and bulk cargo transportation. It should be noted, however, that even these Letters o Indemnity are usually accepted, thee can be serious consequences of this non-performance.

The P&I cover will be prejudices should the cargo be delivered against such Letter and claims arise in connection with mis-delivery of the cargo. That is why it is considered absolutely essential to get the correct wording of the Letter; it is also critically important for the Members to ensure that there are proper procedures in place and implemented for demonstration of compliance with the Letter.

All counter party risks concerned with accepting a Letter shall be considered as well. In fact, the Letter is only as secure as the party that provides it. It is now quite normal practice to have an LOI and deliver a cargo without Bill of Lading, though it is not recommended. However, the original bills may not be available in many cases due to the delays in documentation and other issues.

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17.12.2017

There are so many measures in place implemented to ensure safe transportation of passengers oil as well as chemical cargoes, following the disasters of Exxon Valdez, Scandinavian Star and Herald of Free Enterprise which eventually led to new technological decisions such as the hatchcoverless design of the vessels. One of them, Norasia Fribourg was delivered at the very end of 1993 and that is why was not included in the present listing.

Therefore, the Significant Ships of 1993 would be better described as a consolidation year, mainly talking about the innovative design of ships. The owners and builders of tanker vessels had quite difficult time attempting to anticipate the extent of the internationally recognized requirements - some of those designs reflect the results of the individual interpretation of the necessary issues.

This release of the magazine provides the information and supplementary data for such famous vessels as the Arosa, Cosmo Delphinus, Eleo Maersk, Eos, Glenross, Knock Glune, Windward, New Vitality, Siam and New Wisdom crude oil carriers, Caledonian Isles, Juan J. Sister, Kong Harald, Spirit of British Columbia and Silja Europa passenger/vehicle ferry, Polar Eagle LNG carrier, Tokyo Senator container ship and many others.

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