This publication with quite self-explanatory title prepared by the duet of authors, namely Kap Hwan Kim and Hans-Otto Gunther, presents the latest insights and most successful solutions to the operational problems related to the auto cargo systems and container terminals.

   It comprises a number of reports addressing the situation in the container shipping industry of today, different applications of the various quantitative methods, simulation results and various case studies. The authors have divided this useful publication into three main parts - the first part is introductory while the other two parts are dedicated to the container terminals and cargo systems. Today, the logistics and cargo transportation involve the computer-based simulation and various optimization techniques, playing truly invaluable roles in analyzing the design and operation options.

The authors made a good attempt to focus on such important matters as the design issues, operations management and logistics control as applied to the seaport container terminals. As the result, this publication may provide readers with a perfect overview of the latest developments in these areas and shall be used as the resource for those looking for the effective scientific solutions to the existing problems as well as by the researchers trying to reveal the potential problems...

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The objective of the present document is to provide the workers of the chemical industry with the best practice recommendation that shall be taken into consideration at the time of the inerting process as well as during the future revisions of the associated legislation and chemical industry guidelines. It is directed towards anyone involved with chemical tankers - crew members, shore personnel, marine surveyors, charterers and inspectors, and others.

Though this booklet is not directed towards the other types of vessels, the greater part of the information contained in the document may be applicable to them, as well, in case the nitrogen is used. Today, it is expected that the use of N2 in the maritime industry will continue to increase, and this will definitely lead to the increase in the accidents that usually happen when the nitrogen is not handled properly.

We recognize that the implementation of the recommended practice might have an impact on the operational and commercial aspects of both ships, terminals, and the shipping industry as a whole, which, in turn, may cause the other changes to help mitigate such impacts. Have a look into this paper and you will have a lot of practical technical information that you will find useful.

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Well, it is very difficult to exaggerate the huge importance of duly maintained and secure ship hatch covers to the sea - and cargo-worthiness. The steel hatch covers were first introduced more than sixty years ago and their introduction immediately solved nearly all problems associated with the old-style tarpauline and wood arrangements. However, some new problems appeared - we are now talking about the ingress of sea water.

Nowadays, the hatch covers are quite large and complex, and what it means is that even small defects or errors may potentially result in extremely damaging effects. The leakage occurring to the hatch covers results in substantial costs as it directly damages the cargo. The present guide book provides info in quite simple way to the crew members and shore supporting teams and sets out to improve the understanding of what the hatch covers are and how their work, the day-to-day maintenance of hatch covers on vessels, and methods used when operating the hatch covers.

Apart from the leakage issues, all statutory requirements relating to the weather-tightness have also been described. The recommended procedures contained in this guide are not complicated at all and will be easy to understand for everyone.

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The possible hazards that are associated with transportation of the bulk cargoes by sea are not usually restricted just to handling them correctly during the loading and discharge. Such cargo itself can present very serious risk, especially if the cargo is undergoing some changes in the make-up during the hold on passage - because it gets too hot, or too wet, or not ventilated enough.

The consequence of such changes may be a loss of the vessel, or of lives of people on board. We would recommend you to begin your training with this video film which is considered the basic learning tool. The present guide is intended to serve as a textbook and reference source covering the basic principles governing the carriage and handling of the bulk cargoes of all types. Unfortunately, there are too many examples showing us that the bulk cargoes must be treated with the critical respect.

The risks are real and you will find some of the examples in this guide. You will find the recommended practices and useful instructions in this training booklet. Significant part of the book is dedicated to the IMSBC Code released by IMO to codify the best bulk cargo transportation practice, and its requirements. This publication is to be present on board every bulk carrier and the requirement contained in the Code are to be followed as necessary.

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The present Code of Practice was developed by the ABB professionals in order to provide necessary technical guidance on proper safety planning for the operations on site. The authors did their best to produce the booklet giving the practical direction to the personnel involved in the crane works and make them achieve the ABB health & safety standards.

The book is mainly focused on site operations; however, the requirements that are set down also apply as a baseline for other operations. The material presented in the book shall be used for training purposes, and the requirements included therein, must be implemented as necessary. It may be used by project managers and sales when tendering for projects, and making the agreements with different parties. Note that the document presents the ABB's minimum standards; it bases on the ILO Code of Practice.

In case a national legislation (or customer requirements) set a higher standard, then the higher of the  standards must be used. It shall also be noted that some of the H&S risks may not be covered by this document. However, the paper is very useful to everyone willing to improve the safety awareness and get better idea of the crane operations on site.

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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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This publication is dedicated to the dry bulk carriers - the workhorses of the sea, as they are commonly called. These ships carry out the greater part of the transportation of commodities without which the life of the modern society would stop. The book was prepared by the recognized expert, Captain Isbester, who managed to put his operational experience into writing, and made this book a perfect source for ones who are willing to get the proper knowledge and skills required to run the modern bulk carriers in a safe and efficient manner. The chapters of this book focus not only on the operational requirements applicable to the bulk carriers, but also the decision making processes that are so necessary if you want to make the operations successful. This approach is what separates our book from the other publications and provides its unique character. It was very difficult task to compile this publication but the efforts of the author resulted in a very easy to read and understand reference. We would also recommend it for use as the training manual for the newcomers to the bulk fleet. In addition, it may be used both ashore, in the company, and on board, and will be of great value for the ship owners and operators, marine surveyors and consultants, lawyers and all other parties involved.

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The up-to-date information on all major aspects of transportation of the harmful substances is required in order to eliminate any possibility of accidents involving such type of cargoes. It means that we must always take into account the information on what exactly substances are being handled, what are the amounts and on what routes they are transported.

The present publication was released to encompass stats related to the chemical liquids transportation in the Baltic Sea area some years ago. The data for the research have been taken from the main sea ports of the area in question. However, please note that the amount and quality of the information may vary from port to port. Moreover, some of the ports are quite reluctant to provide the information on the chemicals they transport.

That is why even after this research we cannot be sure that the statistics on the liquid chemical transportation in the subject area may be considered comprehensive enough. The handling of chemical cargoes is a very demanding task, and, in case of an accident, information on the characteristics and amounts of the chemicals shall be immediately available. Maritime safety in the Baltic Sea area has significantly improved as a result of the decisions taken at the regional and global level. 

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