16.12.2017

The ColReg has been formally accepted by many Flag States since the time of its initial adoption in 1972 and entering into force which followed in 1977. It was amended several times, and the present volume was released to include the consolidated text of the above mentioned Convention, taking into account all latest amendments made to the content of the Convention.

This official publication opens with the official text of the initial Convention as of 1972, which is followed by the amended version of the Convention. The main content of this document has been arranged in five major parts from A to E - the first part A provides readers with some general introductory information, the second part B has been fully dedicated to the rules for steering and sailing, while the third part C is mainly dealing with the navigation lights plus shapes. Two remaining parts D and E of the volume are addressing the sounds and light signals, and the exemptions that may be granted from the requirements of the Convention.

There are four annexes at the very end of this volume that provide the required supplementary information such as the distress signals, additional signals to be utilized by the fishing vessels, various technical details of lights/shapes, and sound signals. Needless to say that this is one of the critically important publications to be carried on the navigation bridge of any vessel...

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16.12.2017

This official IMO publication does not need any specific introduction. This is the consolidated edition of the ILLC, standing for the International Load Line Convention. The main text of the subject Convention is included in the very first part of this volume, supplemented with four annexes providing the regulations for determining the load lines of the vessels, including general regulations, conditions of freeboard assignment, freeboards and special requirements applicable to the vessels with the timber freeboards assigned, zones, areas and also seasonal periods, and, finally, the certificates commonly issued under the present IMO Convention to the vessels gully complying with all its requirements.

The second part contains the articles of the 1988 Protocol while the third part contains the Load Line Convention, as it was modified by the 1988 Protocol - again, together with all annexes as in the first part. The remaining three parts of the volume provide the amendments to the Protocol of 19888 mentioned above that haven't been yet accepted by sufficient number of states and therefore still not in force, UI, i.e. Unified Interpretations of the provisions of this Convention, and the specially established Form that shall be used for recording of condition of load line assignment. Needless to say that this IMO Convention is there in the list of the mandatory shipboard publication, i.e. the document required to be carried on board of any vessel...

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13.12.2017

A compact booklet with the guidelines to the health and safety in marine ports released by the Health and Safety Executive. Most of the ports are challenging objects to work. People may be involved in transportation of different cargo types and working with different people when performing this tasks. It should be taken into account that some of those people may not speak English.

The work in ports does not stop, people work day and night, in any weather conditions. They often work under pressure to load and discharge the cargo quickly in order to catch a tide; sometimes speedy loading and unloading is required to get a wharf freed. The guidebook was actually released to highlight the main hazards commonly found in marine ports.

It is primarily aimed at the worker but will also be interesting and useful to the stakeholders and visiting drivers - in fact to everyone visiting docks and working there on a regular or occasional basis since the content of this small publication clearly outlines what they shall do to ensure compliance with the law requirements.

They will find, in a compact and simple form, the information about tackling the hazards, know what to do should the things go not as they were planned to, and get familiarized with the major hazards associated with the lifting operations, transportation etc.

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13.12.2017

The officially released ILO guidelines to be used for the medical examination of the people working at sea. the document was endorsed by the ILO and IMO MSC and will provide required complementary advice to the competent authorities as well as medical personnel and stakeholders of the maritime industry on proper application of the provisions of MLC 2006 and STCW 1978 conventions.

All seafarers shall undergo periodical medical examination in order to reduce the risks to the safety of the vessel and other crew members. This is a must-do to safeguard the health and safety of the personnel. Both conventions listed above require seafarers to hold a formal certificate of medical examination - subject certificate would normally have detailed information and indicate particular fitness aspects that should be assessed.

The intention was to provide the authorities with the recognized set of specific criteria - these criteria may be used either directly or, otherwise, they may serve as a basis when developing the national standards in line with the internationally recognized requirements. The guidelines are presented in consistent manner and shall be of practical use for all parties concerned.

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11.12.2017

The first book of the two-volume set addressing the explosives regulations. It is dealing with the safety provisions and provides required guidance of the applicable regulations. The content will be interesting to the people assigned any duties governed by the Explosives Regulations. The book gives good technical guidance to help such people achieve due compliance with the safety provisions of the above mentioned regulations.

The authors have identifies specialist and topic based guidance to provide enough information. The volume starts with the information about the safety requirements continued with the chapter addressing the effective fire and explosion measures including management arrangements and proper housekeeping tips, segregating explosive materials, prevention of fires/explosions, general precautions and protection of people, separation distances to be maintained to eliminate the risk of fire or explosion, procedures for the disposal, discarding and decontamination of explosive materials and other information.

Note that the document is not specifically addressing the shipboard activities and was not prepared for marine industry in mind; however, the general information provided in its pages will definitely be of some use during the shipboard and port activities. There second volume of this set is devoted to the security provisions and is also recommended.

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11.12.2017

The second volume of the set continuing to provide guidance on the Explosives Regulations. while the first book of the set was dealing with the safety provisions, this one is solely devoted to the security provisions. The book starts with some introduction followed by the chapters providing general security requirements and general security principles to be taken into consideration when performing any explosives operations.

The next two chapters are dealing with the management arrangements and regulatory framework while the following chapter is telling readers how important it is to prevent any unauthorized acquisition or access to the explosive materials. The prohibitions associated with the transportation of the explosives are also addressed together with the restrictions imposed on prohibited persons.

The rest of the document is covering such important aspects as proper identification of the explosives using the UIC, i.e. unique identification code, marking requirements, site codes and record keeping, reporting any losses, plastic explosive materials, pyrotechnics items etc. A short but comprehensive glossary of terminology concludes each book of this set providing explanation of the terms used throughout the document. A good publication recommended to anyone dealing with the explosive materials.

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09.12.2017

The main purpose of the present volume is to provide necessary guidance to the vetting/chartering groups and improve safety of tanker operations in geographical regions normally affected by such thing as the seasonal first-year ice - subject regions would include Barents, White and Baltic Seas, Sakhalin Island, Eastern Canada and Cook Inlet.

This guidebook should be primarily applied to the tankers with low or no ice class and having deadweight of fifty thousand tones or more. Note that the content of this document does not cover specialized or established ice trades utilizing high tonnage.

The charterers are recommended to limit the use of vessels with low or no ice class at all in the above stated areas as well as not to us the non-winterized vessels during sub-zero conditions defines as forecasted DMT, i.e. daily mean temperature of below fifteen degrees Celsius.

The opening section of the guide provides the information about risk assessment and vetting, professional commentary on the notations, engine power and winterization of vessels, navigation of large tankers in iced conditions, response to the oil spills and proficiency of the crew members of such ships. Some additional information is contained in the appendices, for example useful references.

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09.12.2017

These Guidelines were officially released by ILO to provide required assistance for proper implementation of the provisions contained in the MLC 2006 related to the occupational safety and health. The MLC Convention of 2006 was adopted in the course of the special maritime session which was held in Geneva. The main goals of the convention are to ensure worldwide protection of seafarers rights and also to establish a field for the states and owners of the vessels committed to providing due conditions of living and working for the crew members.

OSH, standing for the occupational safety and health, implies anticipation and recognition as well as evaluation and further control of any hazards that can arise in, or from, the working place impairing the health, safety and wellbeing of the employees. The OSH is mainly focusing on the assessment and managements of the occupational risks, applying all necessary protection and prevention measures.

This is a very complex topic and it covers so many activity areas and standards that frequently require some adjustment to stay in line with the latest technological changes and researches in the field of potential health risks. This document provides information about fundamental OSH principles and responsibilities of the authorities, owners and seafarers, risks involved, accident reporting and investigation, and many other important topics.

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