The content of this video training program is featuring the reconstructions of the real events that occurred at sea - they were taken from the SAR incidents and demonstrate how important it is to have clear and thorough understanding of the correct procedures. Subject understanding and due awareness of the procedures and techniques may be critical in the event of disaster.

The program demonstrated the correct search and rescue, i.e. SAR procedures, following the events from the moment when the initial distress call was sent via the vessel's GMDSS and up to the final arrival of the rescuers. The trainees will see how following the guidelines of the codes of practice and proper co-ordination of all agencies involved contribute to a desired favorable result. They will get to know how to perform communication with rescue centers and how the vessel can assist MRCC in case of a distress situation. The possible role of the others vessels responding to the distress call have also been covered.

The GMDSS-covered ocean areas have been shown, together with the use of the satellite- and radio systems via DSC. The video is also showing how EPIRBs can help to search for humans at sea and save lives of the crew members, especially in harsh weather conditions making SAR operations much more difficult. This training is essential for every person on board as directly affecting safety of human life at sea which is a matter of top importance.

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The DNV GL standard for the certification of the container securing devices providing required guidance through a whole process of certification. The content of the document is covering the procedures and applicable requirements for obtaining the relevant product certificates for subject securing devices.

While the opening chapter of the Standard is pretty introductory and contains general information, the second chapter describes the certificates including how and when they are required and issued, and the certification procedure. The next chapter is devoted to the materials used and welding issues - it is addressing the support fittings and securing equipment, heat treatment and the mechanical tests.

The fourth chapter deals with the type approval of the securing devices and guides readers through the plan approval process, prototype and operational testing. The remaining chapters of the document provide information about the case-by-case approval used as an alternative to the generally used type approval, production testing of the support fittings, lashing assemblies and non-standardized securing equipment. Finally, the volume concludes with the information about the identification marking of the manufactures and tested items.

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An excellent reference publication released by MCA containing the detailed guidance on the major issues related to the harbor authorities and supplementing the Port Marine Safety Code. Both documents refer to the existing legal documents and apply to statutory harbor authorities.

The Guide is describing legal duties and powers; the information contained will be appreciated by the people assigned port management related tasks, who will find inside a remarkably comprehensive advice about marine SMS, standing for the safety management systems, marine services and risk assessment, navigation, emergency preparedness/response, pilotage etc.

The Guide also addresses the coastal security. The authors of the volume have used all experience and expertise to offer best solutions in support of the present paper to the ports and companies that support port operations. A short glossary of terms is provided. While applicable to all marine ports, the content of this guidebook shall be applied in reasonable manner and proportionally to each of them.

It has been specifically designed to provide some general guidance and is full of live examples of how the organizations could meet their commitments related to the compliance with the requirements of the Code. Do not treat this document as the only available means of compliance.

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This is the human resources-related issue of our bulletin. Throughout the last three issues of Alert, the authors have been focusing on the matters influencing the interaction between people as well as between people and machines or systems aboard vessel. We have performed through examination of all potential causes and effects of the fatigue and offered some effective solutions for mitigating it.

The importance of establishing effective communication has been stresses; we have also explained the best ways to avoid complacency. We have touched the design of the vessels and seafarers' rights for decent living and working conditions on board their vessels, emphasized the critical importance of professional training, technical skills, practical experience and competence, and cautioned our readers against ineffective management systems.

In short, we did our best to provide coverage of all important aspects of human life and work on board. And now we will be trying to discuss human resources. It is important to have right number and correct mix of people having required competencies as well as familiarity with the vessel to achieve the desired effectiveness of the vessel and avoid any accidents...

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The present video training program was prepared to encourage crew members to use the PPE, i.e. personal protective equipment, and to use it properly. The authors have tried to stress that the safety is actually a matter of personal responsibility. Each person on board shall use established safe working practices, and one of them includes using the personal protective equipment.

Using defective or inappropriate PPE may eventually result in hazardous situation and in fact is as dangerous as not using any PPE at all. We shall all understand that the PPE is there for the reason - it is intended to save lives and cannot be ignored or undervalued since the consequences can be really tragic. The personal protective items commonly used on board vessels and offshore installations would normally include head protection, i.e. helmets/hard hats, arm and hand protection, ear and eye protection, coveralls protecting the body, respiratory protection, safety harnesses used when working at heights, foot protection - books with steel toe and appropriate isolation etc.

Every single person on board shall be fully aware of the proper usage of all items above and keep their PPE duly maintained, in good order and readily available at all times. The video will show them how to perform periodical checks of PPE and recognize the defects, and what to do if the defect is revealed...

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A set of technical documentation for the pulse meters of LR5N, MP5S, MP5Y, MP5W and MP5M series produced by Autonics. Each of the series of pulse meters has been provided with the product overview booklet containing technical specification of the meter, such as display range and method, power supply info, input specification, measurement range and accuracy, main and sub output, prescale function etc.

The manuals for the pulse meters provide ordering information, connection and dimensions, function and parameter, output and operation mode, precautions etc. A really needful pack of files to be used by the technical personnel dealing with subject equipment. The operation chart group by parameters is also there.

The papers provided cover the main features of the pulse meters covering each of thirteen kinds of different operation modes such as frequency and passing time, speed and time difference, length measurement and revolution, multiplication and interval, etc. Note that the pulse meters of MP5M feature eleven operation modes not thirteen. In short, the information contained in the papers included in this pack will be of practical use for the personnel and shall be referred to when performing any works.

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The official CCS document providing required guidance for the design and subsequent installation of the dual-fuel engine systems. The requirements and information in this paper will apply to the engines using LNG and oil fuel as a fuel. The content of the guidelines is arranged in five chapters, first of which being introductory and providing the definitions, plans and documents, and also application.

The shipboard trial is also addressed within this opening chapter. The second and third chapters deal with the engine room/compartment and gas fuel piping system, respectively, covering general and specific requirements. The fourth chapter is devoted to the dual fuel engines and addresses the arrangement, protection of the crankcase, starting air, air intakes and piston underside area, ventilation and exhaust system.

The closing fifth chapter of the document is dealing with the control, monitoring and safety systems providing general requirements as well as the M&S system functions and gas fuel supply systems. The document is primarily intended to be used by the crew members of the vessels classed by China Register but the content will be equally useful to the engine room team of any vessel equipped with such system and engaged in the operation and maintenance of subject machinery.

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The thirtieth issue of Alert bulletin, devoted to the people managers. The initial contact person for the persons willing to work at sea will most probably be a HRD, i.e. human resources department, member. Accordingly, the seafarers outside the vessel will have the crewing manager as the contact point.

That is the reason why the people involved in the management of seafarers' working lives shall not forget that these people are truly unique since most of the time they are aboard a vessel or floating structure and therefore subject to the caprices of the sea and the wind - they live, work and rest there, so far away from normal family life.

It is important for the crewing managers and maritime HRD not only to possess required HR practice knowledge but also to have due understanding of all challenges seafarers and their families face through the above mentioned separation - they shall provide a sort of link between the seafarer on board and his/her family ashore. The abbreviation HR and corresponding term Human are relatively new.

The people are considered vital to the eventual success of any operation and in any industry including shipping. People in charge of the people management shall have some key attributes like integrity and motivation, attitude and transparency and others considered critically important.

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