11.08.2017

It is well known that the marine transportation of chemical substances is logistically and technically totally different from transportation of crude oil and oil products. Chemical carriers are much more advanced from technical point of view. Their cargo may be noxious and/or hazardous chemicals of very high value and transportation of such cargoes will require sophisticated handling in order to provide safety, health and loss prevention.

Since such vessels are very complex, they are more robust in comparison to regular bulk carriers. The huge number of cargo tanks, complex cargo operating systems and supply of deck services make it possible for chemical carriers to transport quite a wide range of various substances in accordance with the IMO IBC/BCH Code requirements. The chemical goods transported by sea require thorough and very careful consideration in the process of the planning and their loading on board.

Some of them can be sensitive to the temperature while others are presented in a form of the semi-gas; moreover, some of those cargoes can react with each other, and this all creates so many additional difficulties and risks associated with the marine transportation of such goods. That is why the main preliminary checks are to be made as necessary of the chemical vessel type, coating in the tanks, environmental controls such as inerting, cross-compatibility with any other carried cargo etc.

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11.08.2017

The official Rescue Boat Code released by the MCA, i.e. Marine Coastguard Agency. Among the main benefits in developing the present Code there were improved safety of the rescue boats, validation of the rescue operations by the MCA, harmonization of the operations and relevant standards, and classification of legal standings. The Code was re-drafted to reflect the latest updates done to the relevant standards and to clarify the responsibilities and applicable requirements to the examinations and MCA audits.

The content of the publication covers the definitions, application and interpretations, construction of the rescue boats and their strength, watertight integrity of the hull, arrangements for freeing the water, machinery arrangements and electrical installations, steering and propeller systems, freeboard and stability, bilge pumping arrangements, LSA including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), fiire safety items including fixed and portable extinguishing systems, radio communications equipment, launch and recovery equipment, navigation equipment and navigation lights, boat storage, anchors and towing arrangements, equipment stowage, protection of personnel by design, medical care, owner's manual, maintenance, manning, procedures, certification, examination, maintenance and reporting of accidents, safety procedures, pollution prevention, testing...

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11.08.2017

The Guidance for Ship Operators on PSC contains very valuable information on the ILO MLC Convention which addresses matters of shipping companies obligations related to the contractual arrangements, H&S issues, working hours, crew accommodation, manning agencies, seafarers' welfare and catering standards. There should no any difficulties for the majority of shipping companies to get in due compliance with all the requirements of the convention.

Apart from the brief general overview of the PSC inspection of MLC certification, the booklet contains information on the Maritime Labor Certificate and DMLC. The advice provided in the pages of this small yet quite useful leaflet is mainly intended to provide the operators of the vessels with the assistance in avoiding the potential problems that are usually faced in the course of the PSC inspections. It appeared as a result of close and effective co-operation of ISF and ICS, two organizations that are respected and recognized in the world of shipping.

We would recommend this booklet for familiarization to the crew members as well as the staff of the shipping companies ashore as it directly affects their day-to-day activities and will play considerably significant role in making the work more smooth and effective to both seafarer and company.

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11.08.2017

According to the reviews of the readers from all around the world, the author of this volume made a truly remarkable job in analyzing all complex issues relating to the marine pollution from marine vessels. As a result, this publication contains a very thorough analysis of all relevant regulations and investigation of the political and economic, as well as various social forces energizing and influencing making of the international rules.

Alan Khee-Jin Tan, the author of the volume, has also identified the most important deficiencies relating to the international maritime industry together with the regulatory system effective the whole effectiveness of the recognized rules and standards controlling the marine pollution. Moreover, the volume is suggesting various prescriptions in order to overcome or at least possibly reduce the impact such deficiency have.

There are three parts in this book. The part A is covering the regulations that are related to the vessel-source pollution in the eco-political context. The part B addresses the international legislative process and its relation to the pollution. The last part C is mainly dealing with the future of the such pollution regulation. The appendices that are there at the of the book, provide readers with the lists of treatises and articles, as well as relevant official reports and personal interviews...

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11.08.2017

This is the official USCG publication which was prepared and formally released by the USCG with the aim to serve as a thorough guide for the administration of the exams of marine deck officers, or simply deck guide. The document is providing all required guidance for the proctors of the examination rooms and all other personnel directly engaged in the administration of the exams to obtain the license of merchant mariners.

All officers-in-charge plus the marine inspection/activity commanders of units shall ensure due compliance will all provisions of this document. The format and layout of the present release of the paper have been changed in order to show in tabular form all modules comprising the recommended professional exam for each of the licenses or document applicants. The partial examinations have been completely eliminated. All procedures and instructions are now combined in a single separate category titled Instructions.

The authors of the paper have also consolidated the deck reference and examination materials and some of the critical details have been added to be of practical use for the personnel of the examination room. The volume is also providing a complete list of module codes showing the module name appearing on the test booklet, types of applicant and brief explanation of the number derivation...

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11.08.2017

With the MLC Convention being in force since 2013, the maritime industry of today is facing the new international convention having quite comprehensive implications across all fields of the industry. The vitally important regulatory text is intended to provide the shipping industry with the timely analysis and thoughtful essays relating to the application of the above mentioned Convention and its practical enforcement.

The Convention itself is set to significantly change the field for the key players. The present publication offers its readers very interesting and diverse commentary in connection with the impact of the Convention on key sectors of the maritime industry, identifying the strong and weak sides of the Convention, together with the potential hurdles to overcome. Each of the chapters in this book is focusing on one particular aspect. Special attention has been paid by the authors of the publication to the enforcement done through the examination of various innovative measures that have been provided in the main body of the document.

The domestic mechanisms of enforcement of this Convention in particular Flag Administrations has also been discussed. Moreover, in this work the authors try to evaluate whether the MLC Convention has really filled the gaps that are still existing there in maritime labor law...

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10.08.2017

The present Code was developed to provide requirements to the UK Light and Small Hovercraft as well as to other Light and Small Hovercraft operating within UK waters, with the intention to set standards of safety and protection of people on board.

Traditionally, the Code addresses construction and structural strength, propeller and fan systems, stability and freeboard matters, weathertight integrity, electrical arrangements, fire fighting, lifesaving and radio equipment, navigation lights, shapes and other related equipment , anchoring and towing arrangements, personnel protection, safety management issues etc.

The primary objective held in mind at the time of developing of the present regulatory document was to set the technical standards of safety and protection of the people on board, with the particular attention being paid to the passengers and trainees. Several organizations well respected and recognized within the maritime industry have participated in the process of developing of the Code.

The document is subject to periodical review; it contains all the information required for the design and construction of the hovercrafts, engineering issues, electrical installations, hull systems and fire protection/fire fighting arrangements, LSA, navigation/radio equipment etc.

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10.08.2017

The fourth edition of the world popular guide to ColRegs by Klaas van Dokkum, author of the famous Encyclopedia. In fact, learning the ColRegs itself should not preset the students with any significant problems. After satisfactory passing of the exams and tests they have the feeling that the ColRegs and ship maneuvers for giving way are not that complicated and hold no secrets.

Studying some of the other aspects of the nautical science often requires much more effort than it is usually required for mastering the ColRegs. However, the busy channels will demand a completely different approach to the applying the Rules. In the present document each of the Rules has its own page, while on the next page the accompanying amplifications are provided. The rulebook is arranged in five major parts. The first part provides general information including application of the rules and responsibility of the parties, plus general definitions used throughout the document.

The part B contains the steering and sailing rules, while the third part addresses the lights and shapes. In turn, the last two parts are combined in one dealing with the sound signals and exemptions that the ship may be granted. Four annexes provide some supplementary information of positioning and technical details of navigation lights and shapes, additional signals to be used by fishing vessels, details of the sound appliances and distress signals.

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