25.03.2018
GOLDEN STRIPES — LEADERSHIP ON THE HIGH SEAS

A perfect volume telling readers about the exceptionally successful leadership. The author of the book has written it in a very comprehensive and focused way trying to capture the fundamental importance of every single line. The book has been very well met by the seafarers who noted the temperament and persistence of the author, and found the content so enjoyable.

Most of the readers have recommended this book to every ship officer. In fact the leadership is very important in any sort of occupation. However in seafaring it can mean the difference between life and death. Unlike so many other publications released in connection with the leadership, this book by Captain Parani is written by person who really knows the ropes. Moreover, and what is maybe even more important, this person has a genuine spirit of a leader.

Even though merchant ships of today carry ninety percent of the whole world's trade, the mariners running them have little to no guidance on leadership, and this can eventually result in catastrophes, as it was with Titanic. With modern technically sophisticated vessels costing dozens of millions, seamen require leadership advice throughout their career, and this is what is offered in this volume...

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20.03.2018
MINIMISING FATIGUE, MAXIMISING PERFORMANCE

This training course is dealing with the fatigue. Recently, the fatigue has been eventually recognized as a potential contributor and sometimes a main cause to the human errors. In the past, the industry people used to believe that the good training, willpower and professionalism is enough to prevent fatigue.

However, the results of the several researches conducted in this field, have shown that fatigued people work worse and there is a higher risk of the casualties and accidents. The main purpose of the training set consisting of this booklet and associated video training film, is to provide good and understandable explanation of the major causes of the fatigue and effects the fatigue may have.

The training is also intended to demonstrate how the management strategy shall be put in place to improve the effectiveness of the workers - this all will contribute to safeguarding of the human life, property and protection of the environment. The content of the course covers the negative effects and causes of the fatigue considered specific to the maritime industry, recognizing fatigue and implementing successful FMS, i.e. fatigue management system, and other important aspects.

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11.08.2017
UNDERSTANDING THE FILIPINO SEAMAN

This publication will be useful for the bridge and deck teams of the ship with Filipino crew members working on board. It was prepared by Dr. Tomas Andres, recognized intercultural consultant focusing on the culture of Philippine for expats of international and multinational companies and organizations.

Obviously, every ship aster and officer must be capable of extending the positive understanding towards the crew members under their command. Getting to know and understand colleagues is a key to professional success. In his book, the author has made an attempt t prepare a concise yet thorough study of Filipino etiquette, mores, values, customs and manners that would show the similarities and differences in behavioral expectations arising at the time when ship Masters and officers come to work and live with Filipinos.

In fact, the publication is intended to serve as a useful tool for building good intercultural relations and it also may be used informally by any individual planning to work with Filipinos but who did not have a chance to attend the training on intercultural relations. Of course, coming to terms with different people belonging to other cultures is sometimes difficult and time-consuming but we recommend you to go through this book and familiarize yourself with Filipinos.

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11.08.2017
THE SHIPS MEDICINE CHEST AND MEDICAL AID AT SEA

The edition of the publication that is hereby presented to the attention of our readers continues a brilliant tradition extending back for more than a hundred years. The very first edition of the present book was released by the Marine Hospital Service in 1881.

All previous editions provided readers with the step-by-step instructions that were covering a huge variety of illnesses that could be faced underway. With this new release, the author's approach has changed a bit, taking into account all recent changes in medical practice and technology. The number of "how to" medical aspects included in this book has been limited; instead, the publication now is intended to identify when exactly there may be need for medical consultation, and it also describes how to perform a very basic physical examination and communicate all medical findings to the experts on shore.

For sure, effective communication is one of the key aspects of consultation or medical treatment. The book is also focusing on the prevention of both chronic and acute diseases as it can significantly improve the quality of the mariners' life at sea and maximize the productivity of the crew members as well as their ability to perform the duties assigned to them.

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10.08.2017
THE FILIPPINO SEAFARER — A LIFE BETWEEN SACRIFICE AND SHOPPING

Here is another publication written about working with Filipino seafarers. The book starts with some introduction followed by a chapter describing the migration issues, namely different perspectives on migration. In the next part of the book the author tries to understand and explain to the readers why people go to the sea and who are leaving - here you will find the info on the inducements and preconditions for migration.

The following part is dedicated to the life and work at sea - you will get to know what exactly characterizes a vessel, get a portion of the seafaring experience, etc. The last three chapters of the publication address the cultural repercussions that may be caused by the life and work at sea, various economic repercussions that may be caused by overseas employment, and, finally, the Filipino seamen.

This document was prepared by Gunnar Lamwik from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and may be of some interest for those who work with the crew members from Filipinos as it contains some valuable advice on how to build the good relationship and communication system for everyone's benefit. In fact, most of the information would be equally to the seamen from any other country.

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08.08.2017
SHIPPING AND REST — HOW WE CAN DO BETTER

This book shall to serve as a guidance for shipping companies, management teams of the ships and for individual seamen. Such the important factor of crew management as the rest time at sea attracts quite considerable attention. The crew members have to get sufficient sleep and rest in order to be able to perform their duties in a safe and efficient manner.

The consequences of lack of rest may be very serious. This publication is focusing on the rest of crew at sea, including the relevant regulations and ways to comply with their requirements. All of matters mentioned above are of utmost importance and have significant impact on wellbeing of the crew members and, subsequently, to the safety of the vessel. The present guidance is aimed to provide some answers relating to the work planning in order to make it possible to make sure that the people on board get the rest they require.

Needless to say that the sufficient rest and sleep are critically important for humans to be able to work normally. It is even more that a question of the immediate wellbeing of the people. Continuing lack of sleep damages the health. That is why the proper balance between work time and rest time must be found. This is what the present publication is about.

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04.08.2017
PHILIPPINE GLOBAL SEAFARER - A PROFILE

This document was prepared by Maragtas Amante and published by the SIRC, i.e. Seafarers International Research Centre. Although the Philippines is a country providing more than a quarter of the total number of the world's seafarers who are employed on the ships trading internationally, by today it has not been possible to find reliable information concerning the Filipino seamen and their circumstances in a single publication.

Such information would definitely be very valuable for the crew managers of the shipping companies, as well as officers of international associations, agencies and any other parties involved. The present report is intended to remedy the existing deficit. There were some separate surveys conducted years ago of seamen and students enrolled in a number of maritime colleges with the ultimate purpose to generate a profile of Filipino seafarers that would be dependable enough to rely on.

The results of the subject survey were amplified by the interviews with some crewing managers, trade union officials and senior government officers and by a search of available relevant documentation. This report starts with the introduction and a chapter on the survey mentioned above. Among the topics included in the publication there are recruitment, hiring and working on board, training and education, pay variations etc.

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02.08.2017
MEDICAL HANDBOOK FOR SEAFARERS

When a vessel somewhere in the middle of the ocean, it is very difficult to get a doctor on board or to transport the ill or injured patient ashore. So, the success of the medical treatment depends on the medical know-how and treatment facilities available on board. The Master is officially responsible for the treatment given to people on board the ship. The crew's level of medical training is determined by the national and international regulations like STCW 95. In addition, the ship has necessary medical equipment.

The international Radio Medical system was developed to compensate for the lack of well-trained medical staff on board. Via the service system of Radio Medical, a doctor on shore can be consulted free of charge. Improved telecommunication systems have facilitated direct contact between the crew and the shipping company's occupational health service or, for example, a designated health care facility. It is crucial that the person in charge of treatment on board is capable of recognizing the patient's symptoms and of following the patient's condition. Without these skills, describing the patient's condition to Radio Medical's doctor on land will not be successful. The Radio Medical system has been used in seafaring already for a hundred years. Video transmission, made possible by modern telecommunications technology, is not expected to significantly change the basic situation of on-board treatment.

All the treatment given on board depends first and foremost on the know-how of the crew members. The equipment on board and even the finest communication technology are only complementary.

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