This nice and useful work by Urs Daniel Engels offers its readers a truly in-depth professional analysis of the Ship Recycling Convention which was adopted in Hong Kong in May 2009. The book is also intended to provide all interested people with a global overview of the rules applicable to the recycling of ships. The author of this volume has evaluated numerous proposals by EC that are addressing the current important problems of the recycling procedures.

The study performed by the author investigates the existing lack of ratifications of the above stated Convention from the economic and legal perspective. The first part of this book is mainly focusing on the history of the provision for entering into force of this Convention and the rationale that is behind it.

Taking into account that subject provision is providing a significant additional obstacle for subject Convention to become legally binding, the second part of the book focuses on the unilateral action in this field. The author also provides a very comprehensive overview of the associated legal environment of the legislation, which is then followed by a thorough analysis and professional evaluation of numerous reasonable proposals by the EC attempting to tackle the existing problems of ship recycling procedures...​

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And here is the tenth official release of the popular and recognized guide to the vetting process that has already proven to be highly effective and really invaluable tool providing both crew members and the supporting staff working ashore, together with the oil majors and ship charterers with a better and more clear understanding of this process necessary to ensure that the vetting goes in a smooth and effective manner.

The Secretariat of the Intertanko organization receives numerous requests for the updated information on the requirements that would apply to the vessel inspection and vetting for oil/chemical companies, underwriters, insurers and other involved parties - serving as a good supplement to the info that pertains to the various PSC requirements.

The present volume was compiled with the contribution and help of the vetting departments of several oil companies, PSC inspectors and other representatives of the authorities, marine surveyors, who provided valuable information satisfying all concerns. The present volume is highly recommended by the Intertanko organization to put a copy of the present volume onboard each ship plus in every office ashore in order to assist the crews of the oil tankers plus the personnel who are working in the shore offices for due preparation for the vetting inspections...

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The present Guide was prepared and released in accordance with the relevant technical requirements of the MARPOL Conventions and associated interpretations with the intention to be used together with them. Please note however that this paper is not dealing with the requirements related to the construction/equipment.

Under the Annex I of the Convention any discharge of oil or oil-containing mixture is prohibited from the oil tankers,  including the mixtures coming from the bilges located in the cargo pump rooms, within a distance of fifty nautical miles from the nearest land. In addition, the flow and concentration, as well as the quantity of the substances discharges anywhere else are also limited.

Obviously, the only way to ensure due compliance with these limitations is to adhere to the oil retention procedures. Those procedures would typically involve the collection and separation of any oily waters appearing as a result of tank cleaning/ballasting operations. These mixtures are to be accumulated in a special tanks to be subsequently disposed of somewhere ashore.

This volume is mainly concerned with these procedures and their application; the information contained in this document will be of great importance and practical use to the crew members as well as to all other personnel involved in the above stated operations.

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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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The FSS Code has been officially adopted by the MSC at it's 73rd session in December 2000 with the aim to provide the maritime industry with the international technical standards relating to the fire safety systems and associated equipment that are required by SOLAS.

The present Code is mandatory under the amendments to SOLAS. The volume contains the required engineering specifications relating to the fire safety arrangements and all equipment concerning the fixed gas-, water-spraying, foam and water mist fire extinguishing systems on ships, sample extraction smoke detection systems on tankers, portable powder, gas and other fire extinguishers of all sizes, PPE, i.e. personal protection equipment, international shore connection, inert gas systems, automatic sprinkler systems, low-location lighting systems, fire detectors, fixed alarm systems, main and emergency fire pumps, means of escape, deck foam systems, fixed hydrocarbons gas detection systems etc.

In addition, the present edition of the FSS Code includes all relevant resolutions of the IMO and also all circulars. The publication is there in the list of mandatory papers that shall be carried on board any ships falling under SOLAS. All information that has been included in the book will be very useful for any crew member dealing with the operation of the above listed equipment or its maintenance.

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The intention which has declared by the authors of the present technical document was to give the necessary professional guidance to all people directly involved in the ordering of the HMSF, standing for the high modulus synthetic fiber mooring lines, including the lines that are fabricated from Aramid, LCO and HMPE fibers. The aim is to ensure the due understanding of the particular mechanical properties of these mooring lines, encouraging the processes of adoption of improved technical specifications and quality assurance.

We would like to underline that the recognized international standards are there for the construction of the HMPE lines; however, the standards relating to Aramid and LCP fibers are limited. That is the main reason why the information contained in the present publication would definitely be of great practical use to people considering various ordering options.

The MHSF lines are considered as a good alternative to the traditional mooring lines that are usually made of the steel wires, due to their mechanical properties, particularly strength-to-weight, as well as the other advantages, for example the ease of handling. After several years of nearly incident-free use of the HMSF lines, the shipping industry has experiences a number of failures, particularly on large LNG carriers...

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This official publication is the Chemicals Supplement to the IMGS published by the WHO and shall be considered a medical first aid guide (MFAG) to be used in case of accidents involving dangerous goods; the book was released to cover the substances as well as materials and articles that are addressed by the IMDG Code plus the materials that are covered by the Appendix B of the BC Code.

The intention was to provide the necessary technical advice for the initial management of potential poisoning by chemicals and diagnosis within the limits of the marine facilities. It shall be used together with the info that is provided in the BC Code, IMDG Code, EmS, IBC Code, and IGC Code. The treatment that is recommended in the pages of this document is particularly specified in the appropriate data tables and is more comprehensively presented in the Appendices.

Subject treatment cater for the possible consequences of the transportation of the dangerous cargo on board marine vessels. Please take into account that this paper is not intended to cover intentional ingestion; it is understood that the accidental ingestions of the toxic substances during the sea voyage are obviously very rare. This is a really useful and practical must-have book to be held on board of every ship involved in the transportation of the dangerous cargoes by sea.

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Here is the 2011 Edition of IMO STCW Convention initially released in 1978, supplemented with STCW Code. Also contains the Final Act of the 2010 Conference of Parties. The publication together with Annex provide the legal framework for application of the mandatory technical standards contains in STCW Code Part A. From any point of view, one of the most important and major marine publications crew must have onboard.

The text of the present regulatory document also includes the so-called Manila amendments dated 2010. The main body of the paper contains all original articles of the above mentioned Convention, revised Annex to the Convention, and the STCW Code that supports it. The articles of the STCW Convention together with the Annex are supposed to form the legal framework for the mandatory technical standards.

In addition to that, the STCW Code provides required technical guidance to assist people involved in the training of the seafarers or assessing their competence. Though not considered mandatory, this guidance was harmonized through numerous discussions held with IMO.

Following the recommendations provided within the document will definitely contribute in due application of the requirements of the Convention. It is therefore recommended to study every part of this paper in order to fully understand the intent of the Convention...

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