The ultimate guide of the author of the present guide was to explain the most important issues of the hatch cover security and also to steer the mariners towards active due maintenance of the hatch covers. It would definitely be less expensive to maintain the weathertight integrity of the hatch covers through the attention to detail and periodic checks and works, than to pay the possible claims for the wet-damaged cargo.

Moreover, it is critically important for safety at sea and for the protection of the sea environment to keep the covers weathertight and strong. We all know that leaking hatch covers are considered a principal cause of wetting of the transported cargo. The hatch covers may leak for various reasons, but the root cause is usually their poor maintenance of failure to close the covers properly.

The chapters of this guide provide the description of the hatch covers and their function, leakage problems and leak detection tests, some common false beliefs about hatch covers, tips on monitoring and inspection, procedures for proper maintenance and repair of the hatch covers, and also some necessary information relating to the safety of the operations. The appendices contain the procedures to opening and closing of the covers, and condition assessment forms.

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This publication belongs to the popular Standard Club series and addresses the container securing issues. The recent development of containerization was a major step forward in marine transportation of general cargo. In the meantime, it was predicted that the unit costs related to the container securing issues would fall and associated cargo damage would be almost eliminated. In the past, vessels used to transport containers that were stowed on hatch covers, using various lashing systems.

Those systems were proven effective in lashing containers on deck to the 3rd tier. Nowadays, the ships are much bigger and may carry the containers stacked up to the nine tiers. However, the lashing systems in use are only capable of lashing to the bottom of the containers in the third tier (or to the bottom of the 4th/5th tier ones in case the lashing bridge if there). Ship design has developed a lot but securing methods have not. Class society would usually approve a vessel for carriage of the containers as per the Cargo Securing Manual containing the instructions on securing.

The present booklet starts with the introduction followed by the instructions, do's and don'ts, overview of the lashing systems, safe working issues, ships, containers and their construction, basic principles of container stowage and lashing components etc.

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This book is solely dedicated to a life of Sir Andrew Cunningham, the Admiral of the Royal Navy and one of the most prominent historic characters, leading sailor of the Navy of the World War Two. He was known for his initials "ABS" and he is still commemorated. The principal theatre of his naval operations was in the Mediterranean sea where he held the line against the strategic situations worse that they could be expected and even imagined by the people dealing with the planning.

This fact has been exemplified by the role that the Royal Navy played in conducting the fighting withdrawal versus the  catastrophic odds from Crete is spring of the year 1941. Admiral felt and knew that not only the fate of the British expeditionary forces but also reputation of the whole Navy was at stake, and this made him resolute in his actual support fir the subject operation. He also held against Churchill's demands for the more offensive actions than just demanded by the strategic circumstances or the resources possessed by the Admiral.

And that was quite different sort of battle, highly political and continual, but for sure, should that battle be lost by Cunningham, the potential consequences could be terrible. The publication will provide naval historians and just enthusiasts with all required information and very interesting facts related to the life and fight of the Admiral Cunningham.

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A publication with quite self-explanatory title and dedicated to the laytime. The book starts with some preamble providing the definition of the laytime; and the opening chapter telling readers about the fixture recap. The other chapters of the publication deal with the Gencom 1994 Charter party (including several clauses on separate/total laytime, prior time etc.), notice of readiness - its definition, explanation where it shall be tendered, some additional practical info on the acceptance/rejection of this notice, statements of facts - including relevant general information and some examples of remarks done on these statements, explain how to work out the laytime - covering fixed and calculated laytime, calculation of the laytime - what documents are required, relevant Charter Party and other information, various BIMCO definitions - explaining WP/WWD/WWD of 24CH and legal changes, shifting time roads and berths, as well as shifting hatch covers, demurrage, strike clause, ice clause, half despatch, turntime, detention and liner terms, some stories shedding light on the issue. and a number of enclosures with some supplementary information and documents to be used.

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The principal part of this classic and world popular title has been arranged in five major parts with the first one providing general information and remaining four addressing the sailing and steering rules, navigating lights and shapes, sounds plus light signals, and exemptions from the applicable requirements. Four annexes to the rules are detailing the lights, shapes, and sound signaling appliances, cover the distress signals as well as the additional signals for the fishing vessels.

In addition, the volume contains the excerpts from the relevant IMO conventions and recommendations, risk assessment tables, manoeuvring information and descriptions. The list of vessels referred to in the volume has also been provided... For several centuries there have been established official rules in existence developed with the intention to prevent the ship collisions at sea; however, there were no any rules that would have statutory force, until last century.

In the middle of XIX century, a set of rules was drawn by the London Trinity House, and one of those rules obliged a steam ship passing another ship in the narrow channel to leave the other ship on her port hand, while another regulation of this set obliged the steam ships on different courses with potential risk of their collision, to alter the course to starboard in order to pass on the port sides. Some other regulations were there for the ships under sail...

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This publication is a descriptive grammar of modern English grammar. Originally, it was written as a sort of English grammar manual for Dutch students of English language. The book is dealing with syntax and accidence, without too much of accent made on the idioms. It is very valuable to all students of English since it covers literally all aspects of the grammar that are important in the day-to-day usage of the language.

The author has divided the book into nine parts covering verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives and adverbs, structure of sentence, order of words, concord, conversion and word formation. The appendix at the end contains the list of irregular verbs, and some other supplementary information. This is the seventh edition of the book incorporating all changes and updates. Needless to say that the publication is one of the most important and must-have books for all students of English taking into account the amount of information it provides to the readers.

We would definitely recommend this remarkable handbook to everyone who are intending to improve their skills in writing, reading and communication in English. Numerous references to the other publications are contained in the book.

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This guide book has been specifically prepared and released for the ship managers and masters plus senior ship officers working on the vessels registered in UK. The principal intention of the authors who have compiled the book was to provide above mentioned persons with the easy-to-use info connected with the existing UK Merchant Shipping regulations together with the all relevant administrative procedures.

These procedures and regulations might be significantly differing from ones the readers are familiar with and applicable to the ships flying other flags and the intention of this document is to guide the reader to compliance with the UK requirements. The current release of this guidebook was updated to be brought in line with the MLC coming into force. Twelve sections of the publication address the ship manning and applicable STCW requirements, hours of rest/work, crew lists, employment agreements, log books including GMDSS, health and safety matters, proper reporting of the accidents, requirements applied to the medical stores, surveys and audits, refugees, stowaways, alcohol, cadet training, CSR, i.e. continuous synopsis record, and a full list of UK publications that shall be possessed onboard. The annexes provide informative example of how exactly the RAF, i.e. risk assessment form, should be completed, and the MSF 4605...​

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The authors of the present guide released it having in mind the purpose to provide all ship masters, officers on board and shore superintendents with the required basic technical knowledge of the practical use of, and necessary precautions to be taken when using various fuel oils on board marine vessels. We all know that the misuse of the fuel oil will imminently lead to the major claims and will also jeopardize the safety of the vessel. Nowadays, the Master of the ship has to be enough knowledgeable of the technical aspects and has to be fully aware of what is going on in the engine room of his ship.

Ship owners are usually faced with the fluctuations happening to the fuel costs and constantly changing regulations relating to the emissions to the atmosphere - and both of these aspects play their role in determining of the way how the fuel systems and diesel machinery on board the ship are operated; this could cause some serious operational problems with the engine fuel system, such as clogging of the filter or purifier, failure or scoring of the fuel pump, wear of the cylinders and seizure of the fuel injectors, corrosion to the exhaust valve seats, fouling of the turbocharger turbine wheel, and many others...

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