The latest edition of the major IMO convention dealing with the prevention of marine pollution concerned with the protection on the marine environment. The main technical content of the present convention has been arranged in six big Annexes. Note that the five of them, i.e. Annexes from I (oil pollution prevention) to V (garbage pollution prevention) were adopted by MARPOL 1973 as further modified by a 1978 Protocol. The last sixth Annex was adopted by a Protocol which followed in 1997 covering the air pollution prevention.

In general, all annexes together cover the prevention of pollution of marine environment by oil, by NLS, standing for the noxious liquid substances carried in bulk, by harmful substances carried in packaged form, by sewage and garbage from ships, and air pollution. Needless to say that this is one of the most important publications to be carried on board any vessel to which present convention applies.

It is a must-have document for the port state control officers and marine surveyors checking the vessel for compliance with the requirements of convention, for the crew members responsible for keeping the vessel compliance, and for the ship designers and builders who shall have clear understanding of the convention in order to design a vessel that would meet all applicable requirements.

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The main goal of the present Code is to provide industry with the practical guidelines of health and safety in working on board ships with a view to ensuring that the responsibility is duly understood and that it remains the top priority for all persons concerned with the maritime transportation including owners, seafarers and governments, promoting collaboration between them, ad preventing the accidents and diseases plus any other effects.

The document provides required guidance in the implementation of ILO 134 and ILO 142 together with the other applicable recommendations and conventions. The volume is covering the health and safety of the seafarers working on the seagoing vessels. Note that some parts of the document will only apply to the ships navigating in inland waters or fishing vessels. Its provisions shall be treated as the minimum requirements to be taken into consideration for protection the safety and health of the seafarers.

The volume is dealing with the general responsibilities and duties of the parties involved, accident reporting, general health and safety considerations, permit to work systems, emergencies and associated equipment, transportation of the dangerous goods, safe access and movement, enclosed space entry, materials and tools, painting, welding and other hot works conducted on board, manual lifting, and many other aspects.

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The ILO adopted the MLC 2006 at a special Maritime Session which was held in Geneva. The basic goals of the subject convention were to ensure the protection of the seafarers rights worldwide. Another declared goal was to established a field for the UN Members and owners of the ships who are committed to providing proper working/living conditions on board.

Everyone shall have a clear understanding of the importance of decent food and nutrition to the people on board. Food is deservedly considered crucial to maintaining due health and morale of the crew members who will not be able to perform their day-to-day duties in the effective manner without safe and nutritious as well a appealing food.

The present document will provide relevant guidelines adopted by a tripartite agreement of the recognized experts from the governments, seafarer organizations, owners and their advisers plus the observers from various international and governmental organizations.

The publication of the guidelines was authorized by the Governing Body. The volume is designed to provide some practical help to those drafting national guidelines. The authors hope that this document will eventually make a valuable contribution to both health and morale of the workers.

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The volume belongs to the HSE Books series. The objective of the ACOP, standing for the Approved Code of Practice, and associated guidance is to provide readers with the practical recommendations and advice on what shall be done to reach compliance with the requirements of the DSEAR 2002, which is the Dangerous Substances & Explosive Atmospheres Regulations, requiring the complete elimination or significant reduction of fire and explosion risks from the substances taken in connection with the work activities.

This is a new edition of the ACOP and guidance with the streamlined and simplified text content. The material contained in the publication has been rearranged to help readers understand it easier. Note that the guidance are not mandatory and you are not formally obliged to follow them, unless specifically stated. However, following this guidance will normally let you get in compliance with relevant provisions of the law so it would be recommended to have a close look and duly familiarize yourself with the content.

Several appendices to the main section of the guidance cover other relevant legislation, fire resistance and fire reaction, transitional provisions relating to the workplace and work equipment. There is also a glossary explaining key terminology used in the document.

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The present fourth edition of this OCIMF publication (first published in several decades ago, in 1971 and subsequently revised three times) in order to reflect the industry developments. This release edition does not contain any significant changes to the content of the document relating to the cargo/bunker manifolds as well as any associated equipment on board.

However, the authors of this volume have added a completely new Annex to the main body of the paper, willing to take into consideration the technical requirements that are there in a number of terminals and applicable to the tankers to transfer the cargo vapors to the shore-located facilities. We would also like to underline the fact that those recommendations have been provided with the sole intention to provide the required regulatory guidance to the  operators of the vessels trading to the terminals where the installation of the vapor collection systems is mandatory.

The recommendations are supplementing the IMO-developed uniform safety design standards that are applicable to the shipboard marine vapor recovery systems as well as the USCG-issued regulations addressing the same matter. They shall only be treated as relating to the uniform manifold arrangements and shall not be considered applicable in any other cases.

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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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The technical guidelines that are contained in this publication released by OCIMF, are intended to represent the mooring technology and practice proven most effective. However, it should be taken into consideration as necessary that the information that is provided in the pages of the this volume may not be practical enough to retrofit literally all possible aspects of this technique to all existing systems.

The attempt as been made by the authors of this volume to unify, significantly update, and refine the existing mooring guidelines while adding some essential information which has been poorly defines or even omitted before. The authors have exercised remarkable care ensuring the optimization of the design performance of all the associated mooring equipment and arrangements.

At the same time, we can see that they have really done their very best to avoid the overlooking such important factors as the ease of handling and also the safety of the involved personnel. As a result, this book represents a recommended minimum of the associated requirements and it will definitely be quite useful to both ship designers and marine surveyors, plus terminal and ship operators. For sure, they are not to inhibit the future innovations of the relevant technological advances in any way...

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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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