10.07.2017

As it comes quite clear from the title of this publication prepared and released by the MarineInsight team, it was designed to provide some introduction to the basics of the ship mooring techniques. The book will serve as a reference tool to be used by the ship crew members and deck officers. The booklet has been arranged in seven major chapters.

The first one is introductory, explaining the process of mooring the vessel in general. The second chapter of the book is dedicated to the so-called Mediterranean mooring of the vessel, while the following one is about the Baltic mooring. Obviously, each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. The remaining chapters of the publication deal with the single- and multiple point mooring of vessels, ship-to-ship mooring, and also what is the running and standing mooring.

In short, this training book is an excellent reference source for every person involved in subject operations, either in planning or in actual mooring. The book also provides readers with the relevant terminology and definitions that all crew members and deck officers shall be aware of in order to perform the mooring safely and effectively. We really recommend to have this booklet readily available on board.

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10.07.2017

Here is another useful publication released by the marine professionals of the Marine Insight web resource, and this one is addressing the commercial operations of the oil tankers and associated documentations. It has been compiled by one of the leading marine experts of the community fact. Handling the documentation properly is extremely important since any, even relatively small, mistake could easily result in the significant loss of revenue.

Therefore, it is a "must" to be duly familiar with the professional jargon and all documents involved. The publication is divided into seven major chapters dealing with the finding cargo and fixing the ship, important documentation for the terminal and for the surveyor, and at the load and at the discharge port. There is a separate chapter dedicated to the letters of protest, i.e. LoP. In addition to that, a Glossary providing main terms and definitions supplements the publication.

This book will be very useful for anyone involved in making arrangements in the field of the oil transportation by sea. The amount as well as quality of the material provided in it makes the publication of great interest for any maritime business professional as it allows them to make proper decisions affecting the effectiveness of such deals.

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10.07.2017

Idioms, i.e. the informal expressions that are used in our everyday speech, are often referred to as the spice of any language due to the way they can describe the idea; it shall be noted, however, that they can be one of the most complicated areas of the language. They are one of the most colourful ways to sum up what you want to say.

Of course, you have to clearly understand what each of the idioms means in order to be able to use them correctly. This book presents approximately one thousand of various interesting and popular English idioms provided with the clear and understandable definitions, so it will help readers become much more familiar with the most popular expressions of the contemporary American English.

The definitions and explanations are supplemented with exercises and sample sentences. The search index was also included in order to serve as a quick reference tool. Once you understand the idioms easily, speaking language will not be difficult for you anymore.

You will not be disappointed with this book since the idioms provided in it will enrich your vocabulary and let you speak much easier, expressing all your idea in much better English which will be easier understood by anyone.

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10.07.2017

Here are some fragments of the opening speech... On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee of the 9th International Stability Workshop, I warmly welcome all the participants of the workshop to Hamburg. The workshop is being organized by Germanischer Lloyd, the well known and world respected classification society, with the support of the ISC (International Standing Committee) of the International Ship Stability Conference.

Former Stability Workshops have contributed greatly to the advancement of scientific treatment of ship safety in all its forms. The main declared aim of this workshop is to promote a full exchange of ideas, techniques, methodologies and best practice by providing a ground for the maritime profession to meet and discuss the stability of vessels and ocean vehicles, seeking ways for improving maritime safety. We would also like to thank our sponsor BMVBS, the German Ministry of Transport for their support. In addition to that, we would like to thank all the presenters, authors and participants, from all continents, for their contributions to this workshop.

Though this conference itself was held nearly ten years ago, the materials that are presented in this compilation shall still be considered actual and their importance is critically high to anyone who are interested in the developments in the field of assessment and control of the ship stability.

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10.07.2017

Some opening words... On behalf of the LOC of the Seventh International Ship Stability Workshop, we warmly welcome all the participants of the workshop to Shanghai. Ship has been a powerful tool for marine transportation in the human history. With the global development of economics, the amount of marine transportation around the world is even increasing now.

Among the various technical aspects in naval architecture, from an academic viewpoint, ship stability possesses its own unique and essential importance. I hope the present Workshop will provide a forum for a clear overview and deep discussions on the recent research progress in this aspect... The proceedings of that conference have been grouped in seven big sessions.

The first session mostly deals with the theoretical development in damage stability of the vessel, while the second session is dedicated to the damage survivability of stability. The next sessions cover the assessment of ship stability safety, some matters of the theoretical prediction if ship's intact stability, experimental investigation of intact stability, and the research on the ship dynamics with the water collected on decks and extreme waves. In addition to that, a separate session deals with the stability research in China. 

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10.07.2017

The International Workshops on Ship Stability are organized every year between the Stability Conferences STAB. They are guided by the International Standing Committee. This was the sixth Workshop in the series, after the Workshops in Glasgow, UK (1995), Osaka, Japan (1996), Hersonissos, Greece (1997), St. John's, Canada (1998) and Trieste, Italy (2001). The Workshop is, essentially, an invitation based scientific event.

It gathers those researchers and practitioners who are actively involved in stability subjects. It is the forum for in-depth discussion of all problems in the field of stability safety. This includes theoretical models, design intact stability, safety standards, operational elements of safety, damage stability, and regulatory aspects for all types of ships. The 6th International Ship Stability Workshop was hosted by Webb Institute in Glen Cove. New York. The program was coordinated by the Workshop Organizing Committee and the Session Organizers, while the organizational and administrative matters were in the hands of the Webb Local Committee.

The program of the sessions is listed in the Technical Program and the overall time table of the Workshop is presented in the Schedule. The papers presented here are grouped into sessions, as they were presented in the Workshop. The summary of the discussion during each session is presented as well.

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10.07.2017

Here is an excellent reference source designed specifically for people reading or writing articles relating to various areas of science. The declared intention of Elizabeth Martin, the author, was to provide the students and other learners of English with very accurate explanations of unfamiliar words and/or terms which the students may come across during their studies.

It offers the full coverage of terminology, as well as concepts and laws relating to different sciences, such as physics, math, chemistry, paleonthology, biotechnology, computer technology and so many others. All of the entries that have been chosen by the author for inclusion in the book are very brief and clear and it makes the publication a very handy and readable reference source.

The publication would appeal not only to the professional scientists and students but also to any other persons, who are interested in science - it is definitely worth browsing. It is one of the best selling dictionaries available at the market today, and it contains more than nine thousand entries, well-arranged and covering a wide range of areas; all of the entries are up-to-date and supplemented with some additional useful data lie the biographies of the prominent scientists, illustrations and diagrams, charts, figures etc.​

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10.07.2017

Here is the official document containing the proceedings of the Seventeenth Conference of the IALA-AISM held in Cape Town in 2010. Among the topics covered in the course of the conference there were virtual aids to navigation, portable pilot units, navigating eLoran, intelligent info systems for electronic navigation, new  tech radars, application of 3D simulation system to the navigation aids, development of the four-season lighted buoy, recapitalization of the GPS network, Under Keel Management System etc.

Let us start with the article covering the virtual aid to navigation presented by Michael Skov from DaMSA (i.e. Danish Maritime Safety Authority). Virtual AIS as an aim to navigation shall not be considered as just another tool and shall be utilized successfully in numerous cases as by itself or together with other tools - for example, in cases of marking of fairways in some areas. DaMSA uses the data from AIS for numerous purposes and this presentation is intended to provide some examples.

It will mostly be focusing on the advantages and disadvantages of virtual aids to navigation - the text is supplemented with informative illustrations showing some of their benefits and also examples of the operational use of these tools in Danish waters...

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