14.07.2017
ANCIENT WATER TECHNOLOGIES

Obviously, water is the most fundamental resource considered the basis of all life on our planet, and this resource is becoming increasingly important issue and potential source of conflict in today's world. The present fascinating volume setting out numerous ingenious methods used by the ancient human societies to gather, transport and store water, is a very timely book taking into account a profligacy and overextraction threatening the existence of the watercourses and aquifers that for millennia have been supplying people's needs for the water.

The book is intended to provide readers with a general overview of the water technologies established by some of the ancient human civilizations. No publication on water technologies of the ancient times might be considered complete without discussions of the engineering developments of the Greeks and Romans, and these have been covered in the present volume together with the examination of how American societies of that historical period accommodated their water requests.

The text of the book is really wide-ranging and offering some practical and effective technical solutions to the crisis taking place in today's water supply. Readers will find valuable insights made by the author into the ancient water technologies which underpin most of the contemporary practices of water engineering and management.

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14.07.2017
ANCHORING SAFELY

Here is the officially released video training file dedicated to the problems of the anchoring and mainly addressing larger vessels. From Hong Kong to Rotterdam, Singapore to New York, the past twenty years have seen a massive increase in world trade and, with it, the volume of world shipping.

Too frequently amended schedules and orders has been added even more time at anchor, waiting for berths to become free, demanding ever more care for masters, crews and pilots concerned for the safety of their vessels. For the past twenty years have seen over a thousand anchor related incidents, mainly among the largest vessels. Anchors have been let go in the wrong place, at the wrong time, in the wrong way... the costs, expenditures and equipment is immense and poses the awkward question - do those responsible properly understand the basic design principles and limitations of their anchoring equipment?

In addressing this question head on and since most reported incidents have been aboard the large vessels, our program looks closely at two separate anchorings aboard the same bulk carrier plying between Europe and North America. In illustrating here what is best in anchoring practice, we should also point out the pit falls for ships of all sizes...

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14.07.2017
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE GRAMMAR OF ENGLISH

This grammar book offers its readers the truly excellent explanations of grammatical terminology. The author has formatted the publication in a very reader-friendly manner making it so easy and interesting to use. It may be considered a fully adequate textbook. This edition of the book in the second one, it has been completely revised and updated, taking into account the input from the readers of the first release, their notes and recommendations.

The publication has been significantly expanded and now includes much more texts and example sentences, cartoons and exercises. The intention of the author was to introduce the very basic grammar concepts in a way that would inspire the readers of the book and learners of English language to use the linguistic arguments. The book is mainly focusing on the syntactic analysis and evidence. It has been prepared for students of undergraduate level but will of course be very useful to students of any other level and even for the self-studying.

A good and comprehensive glossary of the grammar terms is also there in the book. The keys have been provided to each of the exercises and sample exams, to control the learning process and for better tracking of the progress.

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14.07.2017
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CHEMISTRY OF THE SEA

The offered release of the world popular book by Michael Pilson dedicated to the marine chemistry, has been seriously expanded to be fully updated with all recent developments and is now providing readers with the easily accessible introductory information that is directly related to the chemistry of the sea. The author of the volume has highlighted the geochemical interactions that exist there between ocean, land, climate and atmosphere, enabling readers to duly appreciate the link between different systems and processes, elucidating the variations in the chemical environment of the ocean, ranging from deep to surface waters.

The content of the volume has been presented in a very clear and engaging manner, providing all students in marine chemistry/oceanography with the basic tools commonly required for better understanding of the ocean chemistry. The appendices that supplement the main body of the book are presenting some additional info on the properties of the sea water, key constants and equations used during the calculations related to the oceanographic processes. The popular problems have been addressed there at the end-chapters plus summaries allowing the easier review of the material; in addition to the above, there is a very good glossary of terms that are used and list of supporting internet resources.

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14.07.2017
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE M.V. MARINA SVETAEVA

This publication is dedicated to the M.V. Marine Svetaeva. She was named for one of Russia's most famous twentieth century poets and was built in Poland's famous shipyards of Gdynia. The vessel was originally delivered as an ice strengthened passenger vessel, so she spent so many years plying the frozen waters of the Northern Pacific and Arctic Oceans working on of her Russian owners.

Then, the ship was refurbished in early 2005 in order to comfortably accommodate as many as one hundred passengers plus forty-one crew members. Two years later, the builders added a helicopter deck and hanger to allow two helicopters to be based on the ship during her operations in remote locations. Impressively stable at sea, Marina Svetaeva is a very robust vessel but she is still small enough to explore places beyond the reach of relatively bigger ships.

This nice passenger vessel can be characterized by large public spaces and spacious cabins, she has the bridge and outer decks, library and bar. A large lecture room on board provides the perfect space for all passengers as well as crew members to wind down and socialize following dinner in the well appointed dining rooms of the vessel. The passengers can even attend the swimming pool while traveling on this ship.

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14.07.2017
AN INTRODUCTION TO MARINE GEOLOGY

In this publication the author has made a nice attempt to present the account of several important aspects of the marine geology and geophysics sciences. In fact, the content of the volume is a sort of account of the rocks located at the very bottom of the sea. Of course, the readers who have no professional background in geology may actually find the terminology used in the text of this volume quire confusing, that's why the author has provided some very basic introduction in the first chapter of his work.

The appendices provide readers with the brief descriptions of the minerals forming the rocks and a good informative summary of the geological timescale. The book starts with the explanation of the geophysical techniques applied to the seafloor exploration, followed by the chapter dedicated to the topology of the seafloor. The following chapters are dealing with the pelagic and abyssal plain sediments plus movements of the seafloor.

Remaining chapters are focusing on the igneous rocks, ocean basin structure, polar wandering and continental drift. In short, the book is quite rare and providing interested readers with wealth of really useful information on marine geology they may require for further study and researches in this field.

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14.07.2017
AN INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRICAL SCIENCE

The very original intention of Adrian Waygood, the author of the present publication on electrical engineering, was to provide all readers, mostly tradespersons and apprentices in the field of electrical technology, as well as any other persons who might require the proper knowledge of the electricity for their everyday work, with a basic intro to the electrical science. However, the author hopes that others, will also find this publication useful and interesting.

Though there are so many books supporting the regulations and some practical aspects of electrical training existing in the industry, by necessity these books are actually unable to cover the electrical science in any depth. Therefore, we may say that there is a tendency for many persons to have quite a weak technical understanding of the electrical science. Moreover, even a very basic examination of the questions/answers on the relevant websites, reveals a huge number of misconceptions on the subject of electricity. 

So, in fact these are the two areas that the author of this publication has tried to address, namely an improvement in the knowledge/understanding of the basics of the electrical science, and an attempt to eliminate most part of the above mentioned misconceptions that people do have about the present subject...

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14.07.2017
AMVER SHIP REPORTING SYSTEM MANUAL

This document presents the officially distributed manual for the AMVER ship reporting system which is widely used on the vessels operated by the USCG with the purpose of promotion of the safety of both human life and safety at sea.

The mission of the AMVER is to provide the SAR authorities with a quickly delivered and accurate information of the positions of the ships located close to the reported distress, as well as their characteristics. The information in this paper has been arranged in twelve volumes providing the general information on the systems and its use, communication network and format of the report, as well as the reporting requirements.

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