22.09.2018
CRANES, THEIR OPERATION AND REASON FOR FAILURES

This publication was prepared and released by the Japan P&I Club. The intention of the authors was to give some brief introduction to the shipboard cranes and their operation, with due attention paid to the most common reasons for their failures. This compact title provides general guidelines on the routine maintenance and inspections of the cranes. The structure and machinery of the cranes have been discussed together with the wire ropes.

Then the content proceeds to the crane operation and the incidents that involve crane damage. The grabs have been discussed separately together with their capacity, SWL and use. And of course, the authors concentrated on safety matters as well. The cargo handling cranes are installed on most of the vessels, especially general cargo ships and bulk carriers.

They are normally quite robust units continuing to work with nearly minimum maintenance; however, they are complex machinery units incorporating many components that are manufactured to the fine tolerance values. All of the components shall function correctly through the entire lifetime of the crane. The cranes shall be duly maintained and checked at a specified time intervals to make sure they are operated safely and correctly.

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21.09.2018
CODE OF SAFE PRACTICE FOR CARGO STOWAGE AND SECURING

The official 2011 edition of the CSS Code, including the revised guidelines for the preparation of the CSM (Cargo Securing Manual). The correct securing and stowage of the cargo transported on board ships is of the critical importance for the safety of the vessel and the crew at sea.

Wrong stowage or securing of the cargo has already resulted in so many casualties, causing numerous injuries and deaths - and some of them happened not at sea but also ashore, at the terminals, in the course of the loading and discharge operations. In the attempt to reduce the number and significance of hazards and problems that arise from the improper securing and storage of the cargoes on vessels, the IMO has released the Guidelines that may be either in the form of Assembly resolutions, or in the form of circulars adopted by MSC...

The purpose of this CSS Code is to provide the workers of the shipping industry with the recognized international standard in order to further promote the safe stowage/securing of the transported cargoes by drawing due attention of ship operators and owners to the need to ensure that the vessel really suits for the purpose, and by providing practical instructions on how to make sure that the vessel has been equipped with all required means of securing cargo...

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03.09.2018
DECK STORAGE AND SECURING OF PIPES

The publication was released by North of England P&I Association in order to provide guidance to the stowage and securing of the pipes carried on board ships. It starts with some general technical information about handling pipes and applicable regulatory framework.

The second chapter will give valuable guidelines covering the characteristics of pipes, it will tell you what steps shall be taken prior to the loading, how to stow and secure pipes - and theoretical information will be supplemented with the worked examples.

The next chapter of the booklet is covering the protection of the pipes, construction of the stanchions, securing arrangements etc. There are two appendices to the main part of the publication, describing the advanced calculation method and providing necessary information and examples of verification of the securing alternatives for the pipes stowed on deck.

Needless to say that this compact yet very informative volume will be of great practical use for all parties involved in marine transportation of pipes and is therefore highly recommended to the crew members of the vessels transporting pipes as well as to any other person dealing with arrangement of their transportation.

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01.09.2018
GENERAL INFORMATION FOR GRAIN LOADING

The content of the present booklet on proper loading of grain intended for marine transportation was prepared by the specialists of the National Cargo Bureau with the aim of facilitating the grain loading in bulk in American ports by providing all required information on the relevant regulatory framework; it also gives some general technical information, such as the grain data and associated stability calculation together with the stowage arrangements etc.

The original edition published back in 1994 has been thoroughly revised and updated in 2013. The volume opens with the brief information about IMO and principle and limitations outlined in the Grain Rules. The next chapter of the book is dealing with the requirements covering the heeling moments and stowage factor, trimming and leveling, document of authorization, angle of flooding, lashing and strapping, and many other factors.

The chapter addressing the grain loading covers preparation of the vessel for grain loading, trim and stability problems, different methods of securing, necessary precautions to be taken, allowance tables, standard bushel weights etc. In short, the publication is very practical and shall be possessed on board vessels engaged in transportation of the grain, especially to and from U.S. ports.

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30.08.2018
CRUDE OILS — THEIR SAMPLING, ANALYSIS, AND EVALUATION

The present manual written by two prominent industry experts is intended for all people engaged in the process of sampling an subsequent analysis of the crude oil after their production and stabilization. The content of the publication will be particularly useful to the operators of the tankers carrying crude oil and to the workers of the terminals storing oil. It will also present practical interest to the lab personnel assigned responsibility for the characterization of the crude oil and to the refiners processing the oil.

And, of course, the traders dealing with sale or acquisition of the crude oil will also appreciate the book. The volume opens with the compact but comprehensive glossary of terms used in the industry when dealing with crude oil. The first section is devoted to the oil sampling including manual sampling and sample transfers, mixing systems and storage of samples, auto-sampling and mixing methods etc.

The second section is the inspection assays - here the readers will find information about the API gravity and density, water and sediment, salt content and fluidity, carbon residue, total acid number, characterization factor, microwave digestion, trace elements, nitrogen content etc. The other sections of the volume deal with the quality assurance, compatibility and stability of crude oil, using oil and fuel and other important topics. Three appendixes will give you some additional information.

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12.08.2018
CARGO WORK — THE CARE, HANDLING AND CARRIAGE OF CARGOES

Have a look into this revised, twelfth edition of one of the most popular books available on cargo handling. The content of the previous edition was supplemented with numerous images to illustrate the significant impact of containerization together with the influence of marine ports and associated activities. The volume will be greatly appreciated by the maritime industry since it covers a very wide range of cargoes and services that move around the planet.

The material contained in the publication is reflecting the demands and interests of shippers for the profitable and efficient means of transporting their goods as well as the procedures to be established and followed during the cargo handling. Note that the book will be interesting not only to the cargo officers but also to any other persons engaged in cargo carriage.

The author has managed to cover, in a single volume, such important aspects of cargo handing as main principles and working gear, cargo on passages and ventilation issues, specific types of cargo, cargo handling facilities, management of transportation cargoes by sea and others. The appendixes provide supplementary information on containerization and cargo movement. Several data diagrams have been included to make the text more informative and understandable.

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07.08.2018
CARGO TANK CLEANLINESS STANDARDS FOR CHEMICAL TANKERS

This publication prepared and released by Intertanko will provide readers with the standards applicable to the cleanliness of the tanks of the chemical tankers. Subject standards were originally developed in 2011 in order to simplify the process of verification of the tank cleanliness. Another goal was to reduce the number and extent of the internal inspections of the tanks.

This, in turn, would allow to predict both costs and potential consequences of the standards and estimate the impacts of the standards on the time and costs normally required for preparation of the tanks and their cleaning. Another benefit is the reduced usage of the cleaning chemicals, longer life of the equipment and tank coatings etc. The entire efficiency of the process will increase noting the reduced demand for the manpower and fuel.

We would also draw your attention to the significantly improved port turnaround as well as clarity on charter-party terms and reduced number of tanks to be inspected in port. The document will be of great practical interest to all ship owners who are held responsible for the tank cleanliness and would bear all liabilities if the tanks of their vessels are not clean enough, i.e. not meeting the requirements contained in the standards.

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26.06.2018
TRANSPORTATION OF LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS

The content of the present publication contains professional assessment of all matters related to the transportation of the LNG, i.e. liquefied natural gas. The authors of the volume have identified nine major areas of concern and each of them has been given close attention. Subject areas will be of concern to United States Congress in connection with the new legislation in the field, oversight of the official Federal entities assigned responsibilities of the liquefied natural gas systems etc.

Five of those areas are actually concerned with the established procedures and existing equipment for the facilities in operation. The regulatory changes in those areas are applicable to the ongoing processes. The five areas include tanker operations and regulations, regulation of the terminal operations, design and construction of the tankers, safety research. and the process of making decisions relating to certification of the projects. The other four areas feature long range implications. They typically affect the facilities and policies relating to the future projects and include reliability of supplies, facility sighting, liability for the accidents, and pricing policy.

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