The content of this volume bases on the materials that have been presented in the course of the international conference hosted by the Centre d’Océanologie of Marseille in 2008; it covers a wealth of all hot topics that were related to the ways of interaction of the mankind with the marine environment. The chapters of this book present work on the key areas of oceanography.

It features the most recognized scientific works by the world leading researchers in the field of oceanography from Japan and France and demonstrates the strength of the links between the two scientific communities. The materials have been arranged into six main sections. The first section is dedicated to the aquaculture and covers the newly developed methods for seed culture, quality control of the cultured fish, genetically modified fish, salmon resource creation etc. The second section addresses the artificial reefs and touches the legal aspects, new experiences and developments.

The next section deals with the marine biological diversity and covers biological invasion, adaptation and distribution issues. The remaining three sections deal with the coastal managements, observation of the marine environment, and physical, biogeochemical, biological and chemical functions. At the end of the book there are lists of participants, oral presentations and numerous photographs. 

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The present excellent collection of documents has been made of the selected papers and presentations of the  IMO-WMU Global R&D Forum relating to the Emerging BWM Systems held some years back in Sweden. Nowadays, the great demand is there within the maritime industry for the development of the environmentally-friendly and also efficient BWM systems.

Taking this demand into account, the today's technological community has been dealing with the active developing of the various BWM systems to be able to cater to the emerging market of the ballast water technology, The systems in question have to undergo various applicable approval processes including the testing as per the  established testing procedures, in compliance with the requirements of the BWM Convention plus the Guidelines. While several systems are currently under development or approval process, testing among the BWM system TF, i.e. test facilities worldwide shows the gaps in the harmonization and methodology.

This has significantly contributed to the confusion and lack of confidence among the people involved in the development of the subject systems, and also among the ship owners. Therefore, it is really imperative that the end-users of the BWM systems have enough confidence that consistent and reliable testing methodologies are applied.

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The volume is a result of the collective efforts by the world leading and recognized experts in the industry, bringing together numerous valuable assorted contributions that were presented in the course of the OS-017, standing for the Ocean Science Session, and the Joint Assembly that were both held in Singapore some years back.

The chapters of the present publication are dealing with the modeling and the assessment of the dispersal communication incoming with SGD in the coastal areas affected by tsunami, numerical simulation applied to the coastal sediment transport by the earthquake tsunami which occurred in Tohoku-Oki in 2011, database of the tsunami events, raw/processed water level information, simulations of the tsunamis in the Western Pacific Ocean and in the East China Sea aroused from the earthquakes that took place along the Nankai-Suruga trough, various negative consequences of tsunamis on the ecosystem services, discussion related to the interaction of tsunami with fringing coral reef, effects of the wave erosion caused by tsunamis on the natural landscapes, concatenated hazards, floods, tropical cyclones and climate change, vertical evaluation system, contribution of the multiple wave arrivals to the duration of the tsunami and the damage caused, and so many other relevant and indeed critically important topics.

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The publication contains the proceedings of the international conference dedicated to the marine pollution by oil. Man has always influenced the surrounding environment, but at the very beginning the traces of people's activities were almost not noticeable and the effects of those activities to the equilibrium of the eco-system were not serious at all.

As soon as the human started to use the tools, people were able to influence their surroundings in much more drastical way, and that is actually the time when the things started to go wrong. The environment condition we have today is the result of people's activities. The first section of the title is dealing with chemical/physical behavior of oil in marine environment and with the associated biological processes, while the second chapter addresses the effects of oil and its compounds on the eco-systems, populations and species.

The third section of the volume provides readers with the results obtained during the monitoring of both biotic and abiotic compartments of marine eco-systems. And the fourth section is dedicated to the several specific cases of the risk management and analysis on the basis on existing scientific technical knowledge. Definitely recommended title for those willing to be up-to-date with all happenings in the field of marine science.

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This pack of files contains the most actual proceedings of the 12th ISSW which was hosted by David Taylor Model Basin together with the SNAME Chesapeake Section in Washington, United States, in 2011. There were ten major sessions covering such the most important aspects of stability as early stage design criteria as applied to the intact stability of the vessel, compliance and regulatory matters related to the damage stability, operational issues, assessment of the vessel stability using the numerical simulation and various experimental techniques, stochastic dynamics, progressive flooding and capsize issues, basic theory and roll damping, stability issues integrated into the overall risk assessment, and, finally, design for survivability after the vessel has been damaged.

The first session, as stated above, addresses the early-stage design criteria of the ship's intact stability, touching the vulnerability criteria for both surf-riding and parametric rolling, some relevant considerations on parametric roll and dead ship conditions, lateral accelerations taken into account in the ship design rules, validation attempts on the new stability criteria...

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The present compendium of files contains all technical documents presented and discussed during the Seventeenth Ship & Offshore Structures Congress held in South Korea some years ago in 2009. It consists of the proceedings of eight specialist committees dealing with the damage assessment after accidental events, fabrication technology, utilization of the ocean wind-and-wave energy, floating production systems, naval ship design, sailing yacht design, condition assessment of aged ships, impulsive pressure loading and response assessment.

The second part of the volume contains eight documents corresponding to the technical committees covering the environment, the loads,  quasi-static and dynamic response, ultimate strength, fatigue, fracture, design principles and applicable criteria, design methods. As everyone may see from the above list of the topics that have been addressed during the event, the information included in this set of technical papers is very valuable and practical so we believe that it would be very beneficial to all marine industry professionals to go through all of them to get updated with the recent scientific developments and researches, especially taking into consideration that all articles have been prepared by the world recognized industry experts.

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Proceedings of the RINA conference on design & operation of the bulk carriers that was held in 2009. The publication starts with the hull integrity management and covers the best established practices for maintenance of subject type of vessels, including vetting trends.

We understand that the bulk carriers live very stressful lives since they are not as robust and strong as most of the people might think, and at the same tome safe and efficient bulk carrier may only be obtained if all the ship designers and constructors, maintenance and management teams performed their duties in a proper manner.

The documents included in this compilation deal with such interesting topics as regulatory and operational challenges applicable to the bulk carriers, design and operation of bulk carriers, monitoring and maintaining ballast tank condition in vessels that are laid-up, special fatigue analysis, best practices for technical maintenance, double bottom height effect, reliability of the hull girder including challenges and possible solutions, economic and environment-friendly solutions for electric drives for the side-rolling hatch covers, predictor-corrector system for health monitoring of the structure of the hull, applicable IMO performance standards, spectral fatigue analysis etc.

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All articles of the International Conference, RINA. One of the ways how the human element makes an impact on a large scale is through inclusion of ergonomic requirements in the Rules published by Classification Societies. This can usually be achieved by either introducing these specific requirements into the Classification Rules or by making the existing Rule requirements with human element implications more explicit.

However, surveyors who assure Rule compliance, often have quite poor or even no any knowledge of the human element... The present pack contains numerous papers presented during the International Conference held in 2011. It starts with the paper describing the human element competency that is required for design appraisal, followed by the documents covering the human factor role in the investigation of marine casualties, human factor design, extended simulation runs and performance of seamen, noise effect on human performance, performance and fatigue issues in bridge and ECR watchkeeping, perception of risk, mapping of work areas, habitability assessment, shock mitigation seat test/evaluation, marine ergonomic design enhancement though digital human modeling, crew innovation on board short-sea vessels etc.

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