11.07.2017
A DIP IN THE OCEAN — ROWING SOLO ACROSS THE INDIAN

This excellent and easy read will tell people about the incredible ocean journey. On first of April, 2009 young, just 23-year old Sarah Outen did embark on a very ambitious four-thousand-mile solo voyage straight across the totally unpredictable and dangerous Indian Ocean in the rowing boat "Dippers".

She had to negotiate wild storms, encounters with whales and even real threat of being capsized by the passing vessels. It took her hundred and twenty-four days of physical exertion which eventually resulted in the loss of 20 kg, two broken oars and five hundred eaten chocolate bars to set three Guinness World Records...

The narrative text part of the publication is very readable even to the people outside the marine world; all the insight and really remarkable so the volume is highly recommended to everyone. Have a look in this book and maybe Sarah's experience will change your mind and make you undertake your own voyage!

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11.07.2017
A CAPTAINS DUTY — SOMALI PIRATES, NAVY SEALS, AND DANGEROUS DAYS AT SEA

According to the reviews submitted by the readers from different places of the planet, this is a very enjoyable and interesting reading; the publication will give you a completely different view of the Somali pirates than is usually shown in Hollywood movies. It is a moving story based on the absolutely real facts.

The story is well-told with no excessive distractions. Captain Phillips has managed to bring the seriously growing pirate threat to life. Read this one, we do recommend it to all people as it is something unusual. The book tells its readers the genuine life-and-death drama of the Captain of Maersk Alabama merchant American flagged ship.

An excellent and fascinating story of courage and adventure, providing the truly intimate details of the death threats, escape attempt, unbearable heat and everything else he had to face. With great respect to the Captain...

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10.07.2017
A MASTER'S GUIDE TO SHIPS PIPING

This guide was prepared and published with the intention to alert the crews of the marine ships to the serious danger of a truly catastrophic loss that can be caused by the failed piping, the authors have tried to raise the awareness of redundancy in the design of the ship piping and of the difficulties that are usually involved in the inspections of the pipes.

It is quite clear that the prevention of the piping failure may only be achieved through the proactive approach of the crew members to the inspection, periodical maintenance and repair of the ship piping arrangements. Though the corrosion effect on a hull is widely known, not everyone knows and considers the piping corrosion. However, piping poses a hidden danger to the ship, people on board, and environment. The pipes convey various fluids or allow air to pass through and are treated as the means of the operations of many control systems, they are penetrating nearly every enclosed space on board the ship.

This guide provides the basic information on the ship piping and systems, pipe design, tips on maintenance and repair of the pipes, shows some causes of the pipe failures etc. Some typical mechanical joints and procedure for the pressure test of the piping is there in the appendices.

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10.07.2017
A MASTER'S GUIDE TO HATCH COVER MAINTENANCE

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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10.07.2017
A MASTER'S GUIDE TO CONTAINER SECURING

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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10.07.2017
A LIFE OF THE ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET ANDREW CUNNINGHAM

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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10.07.2017
A LAYMANS GUIDE TO LAYTIME

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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10.07.2017
A GUIDE TO THE COLLISION AVOIDANCE RULES

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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