The present Code was released by the ILO with the intention to serve as a concise yet complete set of recommendations developed on the basis of the established good practice in the shipping industry. The advise provided in this volume will be useful to all persons and entities directly concerned with the health and safety in marine port works including employers and official authorities, equipment suppliers, manufacturers, workers and others.

It should be noted that some of the provisions of this document may not apply to all regions and all countries. Sometimes they will have to get adapted to the local conditions. The history of the international maritime shipping port industry dates back to the very earliest days of human civilizations. And since then the industry has developed so steadily. But the methods of handling shipboard cargo that used to be quite dangerous and arduous remained same until that time when the containers and ro-ro systems were introduced.

There have been numerous significant technical developments since that time. This volume starts with the general provisions followed by the information on the infrastructures of the ports and associated equipment, lifting appliances and their safe use, operations afloat and on shore, handing of the dangerous goods, PPE, health issues etc.

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The main objective of the present manual was to provide all required guidance related to the safety of the crew members on board all ships engaged in supporting and servicing various offshore facilities; another intention of its authors was to facilitate reduction of the risks commonly associated with offshore marine operations. This would particularly be related to the operations of the vessels and offshore facilities.

The best practices that have been summarized in the pages of this publication mainly reflects ones adopted in the NWEA, i.e. North-West European Area, but may actually be applied globally. The opening section of the document is introductory and provides information about its purpose and use, structure and style, hierarchy of the authorities involves, local or regional supplements etc. The next section covers the abbreviations used throughout the document together with the terminology definitions. The third section is dealing with the responsibilities and roles of the parties, and it is followed by the section addressing operational risk management issues.

The remaining sections of the guidebooks have been devoted to the certification and training, competency and manning, operational communications and meetings, collision risk management, cargo handling operations and bulk cargo handling, MOU moving, anchor handling operations and many other important aspects of the marine offshore activities.

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The present handbook has been designed and subsequently released by the IOM Ship Registry with the intention to be used by the Masters as well as senior officers of the vessels registered under the flag of the Isle of Man. The main purpose of the document is to provide them with the use-friendly source of information related to the IOM Merchant Shipping regulatory documentation together with the administrative processes that are normally required to properly run the vessel.

Note that the procedures contained in this book may be different from the procedures established for the vessels of other flags; the main idea of the handbook is actually to give some simple guidance on the most important areas. The opening chapters of the handbook are covering the STCW and ship manning requirements, work and rest hours, reporting accidents and provisions of the MLC 2006 convention.

Then the authors have paid due attention to the port state control activities and procedures, issuance of the shipboard certification paperwork, surveys and audits carried out on board, shipboard equipment including the newly introduced LRIT systems, refugees and stowaways, shipboard lifting gear and appliances, log and record books, and many other issues.

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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 very latest consolidated edition of the most important IMO Convention. The main purpose of the Convention is, traditionally, to provide the maritime industry with a broad range of measures that have been specifically designed with the intention to improve the safety of human life at sea. Note that the SOLAS Convention is also the oldest one, with its initial released officially adopted more than a century ago, namely in 1914, following the famous tragedy - the sinking of the Titanic resulting in the loss of more than 1500 human lives.

   Since that time, the Convention has been re-issued four times in order to be in line with the technological developments happening in the shipping industry. The present volume contains the consolidated text of the Convention and it was prepared to provide readers with an easy and user-friendly reference to all requirements of this Convention that become applicable since July 2014. All amendments to the requirements that are in effect from July 2014 have also been covered in this volume.

   Again, there are twelve main chapters in the publication providing the general technical provisions, addressing the structure of the ship, it's subdivision and stability issues, machinery and shipboard electrical installations, fire protection, prevention and firefighting systems, equipment and arrangements, LSA, radio and navigation equipment, transportation of various types of cargoes including dangerous cargo, nuclear ships, safety management, certificates issues to the ships fully complying with the applicable requirements of the Convention, relevant documentation, list of the IMO resolutions and a wealth of other valuable regulatory information.

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The latest official edition of one of the most important IMO publications - Lifesaving Appliances including LSA Code. The content of this regulatory document has been significantly released and updated in order to reflect all technical developments and experience gained for the past years, since the time when the previous edition of the book was released.

Traditionally, the publication opens with a short foreword followed by the International LSA Code with the content arranged in seven chapter covering general requirements applicable to LSA, personal LSA, visual signals, survival craft, rescue boats, launching/embarkation appliances and other LSA. The next part of the book contains the requirements for testing and evaluation of LSA including prototype tests, production and installation tests and three appendices with supplementary information.

The Code of practices for the evaluation, testing and acceptance of prototype novel LSA and arrangements has also been included. As you know, the LSA Code is mandated by Res. MSC.47(66) under SOLAS Reg. III/3.10. the content of this document is a must-know for every crew member and is one of the publications that shall be carried on the navigation bridge of every vessel.

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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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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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