Here is a so-called "white paper" for the Interspill International Conference an the Fourth IMO R&D Forum held in Marseille, France, in May 2009. It was recognized by the joint committee of the conference and the forum, that the significant growth observed in maritime shipping of chemical items and the relevant industry and state obligations resulted in the increased attention of the public and industry professionals to the potential dangers of HNS spills.

The HNS stands for the Hazardous and Noxious Substances. The knowledge possessed by the industry today about the fate and potential effects of such spills is much less that the one for oil spills. Everyone involved in transportation of subject cargoes shall be fully aware of all potentially devastating consequences of the spills to the marine environment.

The content of the present white paper has been compiled by the recognized experts of the ITOPF organization and will be very useful for the people engaged in the associated activities. The ultimate intent of the document is to address the most important concerns and key issues related to the HNS spills in comparison to the oil spills, and also to provide a good basis for stimulating open discussion on this matter.

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The present publication contains a good collection of technical papers which have been presented in the course of the Third MARTECH, i.e. International Conference on Maritime Technology & Engineering held in Lisbon, Portugal in 2016. The content of the volume has been developed on the basis of nearly two hundred professional and respected contributors.

The authors of the documents presented during the conference has focused on such important areas as energy efficiency and maritime transportation of passengers and cargoes, vessels in ports, design and construction of ships, ship hydrodynamics, safety and reliability of the vessels, ship construction and ship repair yard technology, shipboard machinery, safety and reliability of the ships, oil and gas industry, several important aspects of protection of the marine environments, sources of renewable energy and researches in this field, coastal structures and so many other areas.

The book will be useful to the shipping industry professionals including shipbuilders and marine engineers, and other specialists and students having the interest in the fields listed above, and willing to be updated with the latest happenings in the industry.

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The main content of the present volume bases on selected documents presented in the course of the international conference which was held in 2012 in Ireland. It was the result of the project established via close partnership involving many parties with the ultimate aim to examine the role of small navies and their activity both in the past and today, using the interdisciplinary approach engaging with theoretical and practical methodologies to get to the better understanding of this subject which should receive more attention.

This book is expected to be treated as one of the steps forward. Numerous interesting topics have been covered during the conference and the results and associated documents were included in this book. Among these topics are what differs small navies and their ranking, adaptive dynamic capabilities, transformation of the small navies through systematic innovation, Korean navy fleet and small navies in Asia in general, the experience of the British Pacific Navy Fleet during the Second World War, Singapore Navy, and other important areas of concern. In short, this is an excellent collection of essays on small navy fleets which will be interesting to all people in the industry.

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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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This is a nice compilation of the proceedings of the papers that have been presented in the course of the Third ISSW and summary of discussions. One of the main objectives of that event was to promote the maximum possible exchange of technical information directly related to the research and developments in ship stability as well as operational safety.

This may be achieved through the in-depth discussions by the world respected experts. The first of the papers provides a sort of intro to the numerical modeling of the vessel motions and usage of such models in the analysis of the ship's intact stability. The author of the article has presented a good discussion of various important and actual aspects that shall form a part of the whole process of modeling, namely the ship system, environment, excitation and response, supplemented with a very brief overview of the techniques used for modeling of the hydrodynamic forces.

The main emphasis has been put on quality assurance and validation of various numerical modeling techniques. Among the topics that have been covered during that workshop there were application of various non-linear systems dynamics to vessel stability, numerical/physical modeling of intact/damage stability, some special ship stability problems etc.

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RINA International Conference - Naval Submarines and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles - 2011. Topics discussed in the course of the conference - Towards an automated active unmanned underwater vehicles docks on a slowly moving submarines, a submarine concept design, underwater gliders, evaluation of the maneuvering performance of the x-plane submarines, hydrodynamic design implications for submarines operating close to the surface, United States submarine concept design tool, construction materials for small sized submarines, alternative propulsion options for nuclear underwater vehicles, and many more.

Let us start with the first one, dedicated to the development of the integrated SES (submarine escape systems) - it provides readers with the review of the tower escape systems, addresses the geometry and ergonomics of the tower, pressurization, flood and draining matters, testing, acceptance and further support. The submarine escape is considered the very latest resort in case of the underwater vehicle becoming fully disabled - though rescue is of course the preferred option in the majority of instances, it may not be possible in some cases. Here are the operation and acquisition requirements...

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RINA International Conference - Warships 2009. This compilation contains of the selected interesting topics that were discussed in the course of the subject conference, for example Aircraft tie-down points for the affordable aircraft carrier - Introduction - Significance - Design approach - Cost savings - Meeting the requirements - Conclusions; Development, design of the rudders/propellers as well as hydrodynamic design of the aircraft carriers of Queen Elizabeth class; Optimizing the ship-air vehicle interface using the simulation method; Frigate aviation of the future; Real options reasoning in defense acquisition; The vessel design challenge of naval UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles).

The opening topic was dedicated to the development of the world famous aircraft carriers, meaning the ones belonging to the "Queen Elizabeth" class. The corresponding paper presented at the conference, provided the participants of the event with brief but thorough technical description of the key aspects of the advances involved, and also describes the associated alliance arrangements.

The shipbuilding strategy applied in that case did involved the construction of the big fully outlined blocks at different locations throughout the country; subject blocks were then transferred to Rosyth for assembly and integration...

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Warships - RINA International Conference - 2006. The reporters addressed following interesting topics in the course of that international conference - modeling maritime and warship survivability, operational experience with Sea Fighter FSF1, design issues concerning the high-speed adaptable littoral warfare, power and propulsion for the new generation of global combatant, survivability of the warships, tools to reduce vulnerability at the earliest stages of the ship design, multipurpose versus modularity, some affordable ways of protection of vessel systems against fragments and blast, and many more... the publication opens with the article dedicated to the new family of warships by VT Shipbuilding.

The significant increase in the costs over last decades for both new construction and upgrades/modifications and retaining in active service of the destroyers and frigates have resulted in the problems that are currently experienced by many Navy fleets when maintaining adequate ship hull numbers to perform various assigned tasks. The approach that is currently used today, implying production of the multi-purpose vessels may appear too costly to address imminent problems of fleets becoming lower and lower over the next years...

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