10.07.2017
A MASTER'S GUIDE TO USING FUEL OIL ONBOARD SHIPS

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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10.07.2017
A MIND AT SEA — HENRY FRY AND THE GLORIOUS ERA OF QUEBEC'S SAILING SHIPS

By 1855, Canada ranked among the greatest ship-owning and shipbuilding nations of the world. A vast dispersed flotilla of 7196 Canadian-constructed wooden ships sailed the oceans of both hemispheres. Quebec was the business centre of it all, one of the world's most important maritime trade, and that was where that Henry Fry settled about a century passed after the British forces ended France's failed North American empire.

Two very decisive battles took place on the Plains of Abraham; Quebec city was overwhelmingly French-speaking, and the city would become so again. But for a few years in the middle of the nineteenth century, two of every five residents of the port city used the everyday language of English, and even more did so in business Shipbuilding and owning, and timber commerce — largely conducted by men like Henry through their British contacts — dominated the economic life of Lower Canada, while the city was its capital. At those times, shipping agents and brokers did not care too much about their business ethics.

Many of them were quite well known for continuously charging really usurious fees in advancing money to the shipbuilders. They overloaded unseaworthy ships with timber to enlarge their profits and this was directly endangering the lives of the seafarers. Henry Fry was one of the notable exceptions. Beings very honest and generous, he did his best fighting against human rights abuses, "He was an outstanding figure in the maritime history of Canada", wrote Basil Greenhill....

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10.07.2017
A NAVIGATION COMPENDIUM — NAVTRA 10494—A

This is a revised edition o the Navigation Compendium. The content of this official document has been intentionally prepared to be used for use in the navigational study at naval schools and within the fleets. It is actually considered a naval document. The book is covering a very broad and expanding subject area. It presents and describes the fundamental elementary navigational tools and terms.

It also presents in detail the use of navigation charts and nautical publications constituting a source of information used by the navigators on the regular basis. Among the topics discussed within the book there are tides and currents, advanced systems of electronic navigation, timepieces, celestial calculations, compasses and other classic navigational equipment, piloting and dead reckoning, abbreviations and symbols used on the charts, etc.

There are several appendices to the main content of the book covering the trigonometrical functions and physics, instruction workbooks and other supplementary information. The materials contained in the book are expected to be of great use to the navigators as they will find all necessary essential information. The book contains literally all information considered basic and necessary for the marine navigators.

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10.07.2017
A GUIDE TO SHIP NAVIGATION TECHNIQUES

An excellent and useful title with the content worked out by the recognized marine expert to provide readers with the necessary practical guidance to the established modern navigation techniques. The sections of the publication are dealing with navigation with wind and with current, utilization of the ship thrusters, stopping distance and tug assistance, plus berthing with anchors and without tugs.

The navigation and deck officers have to be very careful when steering a ship from her course regardless of where the vessel is - at sea, crossing a channel, entering a port of leaving it. The bridge team shall be efficient and capable to sail the vessel in all weather and water conditions. The wind is one of the most important natural factors and it shall be taken into account by every ship navigator. Such ships as containerships usually have large freeboard resulting in a larger windage area, which makes them more affected by wind.

The navigator shall always remember to steer the vessel considering the major wind effects in order to perform the steering in a safe and easy manner. This book starts with detailed descriptions of the techniques that every navigator shall be familiar with to be able to control the vessel under different wind effects...

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10.07.2017
A GUIDE TO QUANTITATIVE RISK ASSESSMENT FOR OFFSHORE INSTALLATIONS

Production of both oil and gas offshore involves the most sophisticated engineering projects and is considered a prime source of income for many countries and commercial entities. It shall be noted that the risks of the major offshore accidents demonstrated by such the famous disasters such as the Piper Alpha, Alexander Kielland, Ocean Ranger and Sleipner A are also involved.

Subject accidents are representing the ultimate way in which the offshore engineering projects could go wrong. Among such accidents we would note the human death and suffering, environment pollution and commercial problems. The QRA, standing for the quantitative risk assessment, addressed in this publication, is a new technique cutting across the traditional divisions of engineering, applying to all of them. Most of the textbooks addressing this technique are relating to the fields on chemical/nuclear engineering and currently there is no any standard reference volumes that would provide the proper guidance on the offshore risk assessment.

The objective of this guide is to give an introduction to the QRA as applied to the offshore industry, aiming to introduce all most important aspects of the QRA and describing the good contemporary practice in offshore QRA, including selection of the data and more or less simple analytical techniques to be used...

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10.07.2017
A GUIDE TO PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL WELL-BEING OF SEAFARERS ON SHIPS

This publication by MarineInsight professionals will introduce the reader to the life at sea, show main reasons why the seafarers have to quit their sea jobs, teaches how to stay fit and focused at sea, tackle on board politics, deal with effects of hectic life and with difficult seafarers, how to cope with the lacks of social life and fatigue, and to improve interpersonal relationships with other crew members, explains professional mistakes done by seafarers, importance of shore leave, supplementing this all with general information on health.

We all know that working on board sea-going vessels requires completely different style of living. In fact, the seafarer's job is maybe one of the most interesting jobs since they travel so much, meet different new people from other countries and cultures, they have a chance of working on the technologically advanced floating structures etc - it is all very intriguing. The benefits of being a seafarer include opportunities to visit other countries, lucrative jobs, truly adventurous lifestyle, enhancing professionalism. However, there are also some disadvantages such as lack of social life, being away from the family for long periods of time, having to follow the onboard politics etc.

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10.07.2017
A GUIDE TO P&I COVER

The present official P&I Guide has peen specifically compiled and released to provide all interested parties with the discussion of the rules relating to the cover and law, prevention of the claims and sometimes handling of the claims. The original intention of the authors of this document was to serve as a reference paper for the insurance managers, to give them a proper explanation of the cover that is provided by the P&I Club; however, in the course of working on the content the authors have also concentrated on the control and prevention of claims.

The management heads of the Club were convinced that significant progress could be achieved and has been achieved in the reduction of the number of claims through explaining to the ship masters and officers all important lessons that the Club learnt from the investigations of the previous claims. Therefore this document is expected to prove of interest to the seafarers and, equally, to the shore-based staff of the members.

The content of the paper is divided into numerous chapters covering the liabilities of passengers and third parties, life salvage, crew claims, stevedores, pollution rules and tables, wreck removal, towage claims and other important aspects such as discharging appliances, collision rules, repatriation, contractual cover, exceptions and exclusions etc.

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10.07.2017
A GUIDE TO FISHING VESSEL STABILITY

As implied in the title of this booklet, it is dedicated to the stability of the fishing vessels. The stability of subject vessels is something people commonly depend on for both their lives and livelihood. Their actions and decisions they make is what keeps their ships safe. It shall be noted as necessary that even it is a very safe vessel complying with all requirements of the applicable rules, the wrong and poor decisions related to the operation can easily result in the loss of stability and even capsizing of the vessel.

The present guide is intended to help the crew members of the fishing vessels and all people sailing on them or involved in their design and construction properly understand the most important elements directly influencing the stability of the fishing vessels as well as the critically important hazards that subject vessels are commonly exposed to. Understanding all factors reducing stability of the vessels will help people in making right decisions and taking right actions to keep their vessels safe.

The main content of the booklet has been arranged in two big sections. While the first section of the title describes the whole importance of stability covering its basics, acting forces and characteristics, the second section has been fully dedicated to the stability hazards that the readers shall look out for, such as the downflooding, overloading, water ingress, and preventive measures...

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