18.07.2017
ALERT 2 — HUMAN FACTORS

The International Safety Management Code - ISM - represents the cornerstone IMO approach towards the developing and maintaining the strong safety culture. Focus is very clearly on human element.

Some time has passed since the Code was implemented... so, where are we now and how is ISM doing, is it working at all - these are a sort of questions raised in this issue of Alert.

The fact is that, although there are many positives, it is clear that more care is to be placed on the human understanding of the system. Port State Control inspections have revealed that in some instances ship personnel are not applying the Safety Management System to operation of the ship.

Certificates not in order, senior officers not able to identify the designated person, program for the emergency drills and exercises not available - these are the non-conformances routinely identified at the PSC inspections... This video is to supplement this Alert publication.

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18.07.2017
ALERT 4 — MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT

If you are familiar with computers, you may have heard the expression "Garbage in, garbage out" meaning that if we put inaccurate or invalid data into computer, that is we exactly what we get.

So, how does that relate to the shipping industry workers - this is exactly what we are going to find out in this issue of Alert. What we are talking about is the quality - poor quality in, poor quality out.

Most shipboard systems depend of some level of human involvement... The film is to supplement this Alert booklet.

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18.07.2017
ALERT 7 — DESIGN AND USABILITY

You know, technology has made the whole business of ship design so much simpler. Those of you who are familiar with key series of our program, know that Alert! is concerned with the human element - a critical but often overlooked feature of all aspects of ship or system design operation.

So, in any ship design plan focus should be on the people who are going to use it; and here, of course, we are talking about seafarers. So, how we get the design which focuses on making the ship and the systems usable? We do that through the process called the Human Centered Design, or HCD. The film will supplement this Alert booklet.

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17.07.2017
ALERT 18 — HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Suppose the ship was completely automatic - no seafarers required, suppose the engines maintain themselves - no people required, and suppose all the cargo did load and discharge itself - untouched by human hands... Unlikely? Well, of course, it is.

Technology may be playing an increasing role in the running of the vessel, but as we all know, how safely and how efficiently the ship is run, is all about people - and so is this issue of Alert. The plight of some seafarers has already been made international headlight. Badly paid, sometimes not paid at all, poor food and accommodation, working on ships managed by people having little or no regard to health, safety and wellbeing.

The MLC 2006 is described by many as a milestone for the international maritime industry. Often referred to as the "seafarers' bill of rights", it addresses the significant issues pf minimum working age, maximum working hours, along with accommodation, health protection, food and catering, medical care, welfare and also social security matters. The Convention is also addressing the current health concerns, for example the effects of vibration and noise on seafarers, and is intended to apply worldwide, be easily understandable, and easy to update and enforce. This video supplements the Alert 18 issue.

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17.07.2017
ALERT 6 — DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE

Issue 6 — Development and Maintenance — Competent People Make the Difference. There is little doubt that technology is revolutionizing the global maritime industry, which means that learning is crucially important.

At sea, we must have competent people; to promote this, we must have high—standard education training.

The problem is that the standards of education vary, and this is what we are going to discuss in this issue of Alert. The booklet on same topic may be used as a supplement.

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17.07.2017
EXPORT—IMPORT PROCEDURES AND DOCUMENTATION

Nowadays, the details of the international trade including shipping is growing very complex from year to year - what it actually means is that even the proven industry professionals may sometimes need guidance. The present guidance book was released to supply readers with a clear view of the whole import and export processes and explain all important ins and outs of the international trade as well as the associated insurance matters.

The content of the publication is covering such the important aspects of the business as the  organization of the import and export operations, various documentation and processes relating to the exporting, preliminary considerations, sales and other export documents, export licenses and controls, importing - associated documentation and procedures, preliminary considerations, purchase documentation, import documentation and process, global customs considerations; the readers will also get to know how to determine the proper classification of a particular product, its proper value to be declared and proper country of origin; moreover, specialized importing and exporting are also addressed together with the Incoterms diagram and ISA, i.e. International Sales Agreement; the last chapter of the publication provides users with some of the most popular export and import related internet resources.

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17.07.2017
18TH CENTURY SHIPBUILDING — REMARKS ON THE NAVIES OF THE ENGLISH AND THE DUTCH

This is an excellent and even outstanding book - real classics and a real boon for the enthusiasts of the naval history. The volume was intended to provide readers with the finely detailed analysis of the ship construction technologies of three of Europe's foremost maritime powers ever written. The book by Blaire Olivier and David Roberts contains very useful info on French, English and Dutch shipbuilding industries.

Apart from the main content with the general technical information on the subject, this publication includes a very useful Glossary of the terminology that is commonly used in the shipbuilding - it contains some ten percent of the second Ollivier manuscript, but actually presents numerous terms of the ship construction technology listed in alphabetical order; note that it does not address any of the foreign practices; on the other hand, it will provide readers with a huge amount of detailed information covering the French Navy.

In short, this is another must-have publication expected to be very useful and of course interesting for all readers. The text is very easy to read, and the author has supplemented it with almost hundred of the carefully selected colorful and informative illustrations and thirteen plates. We would really recommend this title to the historians and even to the general readers. 

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17.07.2017
3—D NAUTICAL CHARTS AND SAFE NAVIGATION

Though there are so many electronic devices used on the bridges of modern vessels for safer and easier navigation, their navigators keep losing the orientation. Among the reasons for that we would note the excessive workloads caused by too many items to be read and compiled, as well as the associated navigational information displayed in a demanding way, plus short time available to make the decision because of the high speeds, as well as the long hours of work and fatigue because of the minimum ship manning.

   This title is intended to address the problems of navigation map information that is displayed not in the optimal way. It presents three newly introduced concepts, namely no go shipping areas, bridge perspective and dual-lane seaway network. Reading of the subject maps could be quite difficult because of the mental rotation problem which can actually be eliminated using the charts by allowing the 3D charts to be viewed from the egocentric perspective.

 

 

The associated calculations for the purpose of checking if there is enough water under the keel of the vessel can be handled by chart system and also displayed as no go and free water areas. The above stated concepts have been tested in a lab as well as in prototyping project and in numerous interviews and the results obtained were promising...

 

 

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