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Recommendations for Oil Tanker Manifolds and Associated Equipment

   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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ship inspection report program
   The present OCIMF publication starts with a brief historical overview of the programme which was worked out and implemented by OCIMF some decades ago with the sole intention to provide all the members of this organization with the opportunity to release and submit the ship inspection reports for distribution. The participation in the subject programme is fully voluntary. Two revisions were made to this programme in 1997 and 2007 years and they have also been dealt with within the paper, together with the procedure for the uniform vessel inspection. The second section of the book contains the questionnaires to be used during the vessel inspections, as well as the inspector manuals. The third section is mainly dedicated to the VIQ, standing for the "vessel inspection questionnaire", and its availability to ship operators.  The remaining sections cover the conduct of inspections, distribution of the reports, some general notes, certification and associated documentation, management of the ship's crew, ship navigation issues, safety management, prevention of the marine pollution, cargo handling/ballasting systems of the vessel - petroleum/chemical/gas, mooring arrangements, communication, machinery and steering compartments of the vessel, general appearance and technical condition of the ship. All information that has been provided in the present publication was verified to be fully up-to-date and definitely practical.

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clean seas guide for oil tankers
   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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SOLAS Consolidated Edition 2014

   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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COLREG Consolidated Edition 2003

   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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GMDSS Manual 2015 Edition

   Please have a look in the publication offered here - the GMDSS Manual is intended to provide, in a single volume, a truly comprehensive explanation of all fundamental principles upon which the whole GMDSS system is based, together with the requirements that normally apply to the radio communications as well as relevant technical recommendations for the implementation and the standards for the operational performance of the associated equipment, it's required technical specifications, established procedures to follow etc. The book features a remarkably detailed description of the concepts of GMDSS systems and their development, addressing also the system components, requirements for the carriage, supporting IMO resolutions plus other regulatory documentation; in addition to that, this document contains all relevant excerpts from SOLAS, ITU-R recommendations and relevant performance standards that have been developed by the IMO, NAVTEX and SafetyNET manuals, GMDSS Master Plan and wealth of other valuable information. The publication has been released to be used y ship masters and personnel involved in radio communications, shore personnel, operators and trainers, marine authorities and regulators and in fact anyone interested. Note that this is the official 2015 edition of the Manual; please also note that the document shall not be treated as a substitution for the ITU Manual or any other mandatory publication...

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Guidelines for the Implementation of MARPOL Annex V

   Since the initial 2016 release of the present Guidelines, the MEPC of the IMO has significantly revised the content of the Annex V to the MARPOL Convention dealing with the marine pollution by garbage. That review incorporated the resolution 60/30 by the General Assembly of UN and the revision of the Annex addressed the need for the revised Guidelines. As a result of the combined efforts, the present Guidelines were officially adopted at the 36th session of MEPC with the intention of the authors and editors to assist the States and maritime industry in proper implementation of the Annex V. Among the main declared objectives of this book are to assist the contracting governments with the development and subsequent enacting of the relevant domestic legislation, to assist the owners and operators of the vessels as well as equipment makers and owners of the cargo in complying with the provisions of the Annex V, and also to assist the operators of ports and terminals in making the assessment of the need for the adequate reception facilities for the garbage that is generated on all types of vessels, and providing them in ports and terminals. The book has been arranged in the sections providing a general regulatory framework.

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ISM Code and Guidance on Implementations of ISM Code

   This is the electronic release of the complete text of ISM Code released in 2010. Contents - Foreword. IMO SOLAS Chapter IX... Res. A.1022(26) addressing the guidelines on proper implementation of the provisions of the ISM Code by Flag Authorities. MSC-MEPC.7/Circ. 5 containing the guidelines for the proper operational implementation of the applicable requirements of the Code by shipping companies, Circ.6 providing required guidance on the qualifications, professional training and experience required to undertake the designated person's role under the provisions of this Code, and Circ.7 - giving the guidance on reporting of the near-misses. Relevant IMO Publishing resources. Subject Code was made mandatory when 1994 amendments to SOLAS entered into force in 1998, introducing a completely new chapter IX dedicated to the safe operation of the vessels. The associated chapter has also been included in this publication. The origins of this regulatory document are traced back to the 190s, to the times of poor ship management standards. So many major errors have been revealed in the course of the investigations, relating to the management of the ships operations, and that was actually the most important reasons for working on the implementation of strict requirements concerning the safety management.

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The Hovercraft Code

   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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Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk

   The present Code has been worked out and officially released aiming to provide the participants of the maritime industry with a recognized internationally used standard for the safe marine transportation of the liquefied gases plus some of the other substances that are listed in chapter XIX in bulk, through prescribing the constructional and design technical features of the vessels that are directly involved in such transportation together with the associated equipment that is required to be carried on board in order to minimize the risks associated with the gas carriage by sea. The provisions of this Code are based in the sound marine engineering plus naval architecture principles and the best marine practices and proper understanding of potential hazards that may be posed by the various products being transported. the brief contents of the Code as follows: General; Vessel survival capability and cargo tank location; Ship arrangements; Cargo containment; Process pressure vessels and vapor, liquid and pressure piping systems; Construction materials; Cargo pressure and temperature control; Cargo vent systems; Environmental control for cargo containment systems; Electrical arrangements; Fire protection; Fire extinguishing; Mechanical ventilation in cargo area; Instrumentation; Personnel protection; Established filling limits for the cargo tanks; Use of cargo gas as fuel; Special requirements; operating requirements; Summary...

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International Code for the Safe Carriage of Grain in Bulk

   The official IMO release - International Grain Code. The provisions of the present Code are intended to replace the Chapter VI of SOLAS containing the regulations concerning the transportation of the grain in bulk form. The reason for such substitution was the growing need for implementation of the broader technical regulations to transportation of the goods posing the hazards to the vessels or their crews. As a result, the decision was made by the IMO MSC to establish a new Code providing more general requirements and placing more detailed provisions on grain carriage. This volume consists of the IMO Res. MSC.23(59) followed by the Annex containing the Code itself and arranged in two parts addressing the specific requirements, general assumptions and calculation of the assumed heeling moments. The Appendix to the document contains the above mentioned Chapter VI of the SOLAS Convention which has been replaced by this Code. Needless to say, one of the most important publication for the crew of any vessel involved in the sea transportation of the grain in bulk. The regulatory information provided in the volume will be very useful and shall be used as necessary also by the people conducting the inspections of such vessels, i.e. marine surveyors, port state authorities etc.

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The Maritime Labour Convention 2006 - International Labour Law Redefined

   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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Chief Engineer Officer and Second Engineer Officer - Model Course 7.02

   This model course coming under 7.02 number covers four functions, as detailed below. Officers who have completed the course, satisfactorily passed the associated examination and also gained the required experience in watchkeeping, will be considered prepared to take the full responsibility for the vessel's safety and safety of the passengers on board, crew members and cargo being transported. The officers will also be fully aware of their obligations according to the requirements outlined in the international conventions and agreements related to the safety and marine environment protection. Moreover, they will be duly familiar with and prepared to take any necessary practical measures to meet these obligations. One combined training course was prepared for both second - and chief engineer officer. The training material has been set out in a way allowing it to be run separately. As mentioned above, the content has been arranged in four functions, and these functions are the marine engineering, maintenance/repair, ship control and operation and care for the people on board, and electrical/electronic/control engineering - all dealt with at the management level. A really good and useful volume for those willing to get familiar with the arrangement of this model course, pre-requisite training and skills, scope and purpose, etc.

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IMO Publications Catalogue - February 2016

   This release of the document was officially published by IMO Publishing in February 2016 and is actually the latest available. For more convenient and easy use, all IMO publications covered within this volume have been categorized and put in different chapters, addressing maritime safety, basic IMO documents and resolutions, cargoes, legal matters, facilitation of travel and transport, prevention of marine pollution from ships, navigation and rescue, marine technology, IMO model courses, e-reader files and electronic books. The present volume will be of use for persons involved in purchasing of the IMO issued publications. The very last section of the booklet is fully dedicated to the newly developed and implemented IMO Bookshelf software. This application enables it's users to view all electronic purchased publications in a single place and it also allows for easy search through all of them simultaneously. Among the key features of this app are the availability of the installation without the access to the internet, multiple search facilities, the new option allowing to add your own annotations and bookmarks, resizing the text, printing etc. Definitely useful volume which must be possessed on board vessels and in the offices of the companies. 

 

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EMSA Study on Standards and Rules for Bunkering of Gas-Fuelled Ships

   This paper is representing the final formal report released by EMSA and containing the study on rules and standards related to the bunkering of gas-fuelled vessels. The IMO MEPC introduced the emission controls which for sure will significantly affect the international maritime industry over the next decades. The introduction of ECA's, US and also Canadian territorial waters implies that the owners of the vessels shall start considering the arrangements alternative to the traditional HFO, and one of such solutions could be switching to LNG fuel. The document opens with the executive summary, which is followed by the introductory section defining the objective of the paper, limitations to the study and also describing the methodological approach applied. The next chapter has been dedicated to the classification of the bunkering process, describing the elements of the gas supply for the bunkering operations and categorization of the relevant regulatory framework. The remaining chapters cover the recognized standardization bodies, some of the European studies, status of onshore and also maritime regulations relating to the gas supply chain, existing regulatory gaps, references, schedule of the study and associated milestones, stakeholder consultations etc. Some additional useful information is there in the Appendix.

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Exercitium - European Handbook of Maritime Security Exercises and Drills

   Ports are complex places, covering a wide area with many kilometres of quays and involving hundreds of companies and thousands of people. There are just as many points and times when security may be compromised, either through human error or through malicious intent. We cannot afford not to be thoroughly prepared for such occasions. We can do this only by having detailed Security Plans and by exercising these plans in realistic settings. While theoretical knowledge is important, we have to practice the relevant skills so that we know they will work in an emergency. It is therefore no coincidence that European Regulation 725/2004 requires under ISPS Code Part В para. 18.5 and 18.6 that drills and exercises should be held on a regular basis. Drills have to be conducted at least every three months, testing individual elements of the Security Plan. Exercises should be carried out at least once each calendar year. They test communication coordination, resource availability and response of the several services involved in security. These exercises may be full-scale or live, tabletop simulations and seminars or combined with other exercises, such as emergency response or other state authority exercises. This Regulation points the way for ports and port facilities to learn the necessary practical skills, to test the feasibility of their plans and to be ready for the moment that the plan actually has to be put into operation. These security drills are extremely important because they enable us to gain live experience of the importance of networks between people collaborating across the boundaries between levels and organisations.

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Ship's Routeing 2015 Edition

   This latest official edition of the Ships Routeing shall supersede all previous editions of the book and includes all measures that have been officially adopted by IMO up to and including the 95th session of the MSC and 28th session of IMO Assembly. Eight sections of the publications, from A to H, cover the general provisions of the ships routeing, traffic separation schemes and inshore traffic zones, areas to be avoided, deep-water routes, other measures, associated rules and recommendations on navigation, adoption, designation and substitution of Archipelagic sea lanes, mandatory ship reporting systems, no anchoring areas and routeing systems. The book starts with the introductory section defining the main objective of the document, procedures and responsibilities of the parties involved, design criteria, representation on the nautical charts, planning, etc. The Part B of the volume is arranged in several sections covering the Baltic Sea together with the adjacent waters, Western European waters, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Indian Ocean and adjacent waters, South-East Asia, Pacific Coast of the North/South America, Australasia, Western North Atlantic Ocean, Mexican Gulf, Pacific Coast of Asia, Caribbean Sea, Eastern North Atlantic and South Atlantic Oceans...

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FSS Code - International Code for Fire Safety Systems - 2015 Edition

   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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Compendium of International Labour Conventions and Recommendations

   One of the key declared functions of the ILO is the adoption of the international conventions and recommendations of the issues directly related to the labor and the work. The preset publication was issued by the ILO and it addresses such the important topics as tripartite consultation, collective bargaining, forced labor, industrial relations, labor inspection and administration, wages, social security, working time, employment policy, promotion of the employees, elimination of the child labor, protection of young persons and children, maternity protection, equality of the opportunity and treatment, social policy, migrant employees, AIDS/HIV related issues, vocational training and guidance, seafarers, dockworkers, fishermen, tribal and indigenous people etc. This collection contains a huge number of the useful relevant documentation and will definitely be of great use to any person working at sea and willing to be aware of his or her rights. It will also be helpful to the shore workers of the shipping companies, human resource departments, ship officers and others responsible for continuing compliance with all requirements of the labor-related conventions and associated recommendations.

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Panama Canal - OP Notices to Shipping

   Here is the collection of the the OP Notices officially issued by Panama Canal authorities. The pack consists of thirteen publications. The first one is titled "Vessel requirements" has been arranged in four major parts addressing the effective date and cancellation of the notice, it's purpose and scope, communication channels, navigation bridge features that are required on transiting ships; in addition to that, the boarding arrangements required by the Panama Canal authorities have been dealt with, together with the procedure for embarking/disembarking during the transit. The second publication is "Harbor operations" and it lists the regulations and rules that are applicable to the control of the ships movement in the Panama Canal. The third paper, "Communication on transit activities" presents a compilation of the means of communicating pertaining to the transit activities. The remaining documents address the illegal activities, official transits, guest transits, courtesy transits, embarkation and disembarkation at the time of the transit, transit reservation system, attachment of ships by PM tribunals, investigation of the accidents, operation testing of the equipment, small commercial/non-commercial craft operation, PCSOPEP requirements, and ISPS Code requirements. 

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Guidelines on the Application of the ILO MLC

   Here is the second updated edition of the guidelines which was released with the intention to assist interested persons with proper application of all provisions outlined in the ILO Convention issued by the ISF organization, standing for the International Shipping Federation. The initial release of the present publication was issued years ago, shortly after the MLC Convention was adopted, and it was actually aimed to introduce all ship operators to their obligations under the newly established regime. The huge amount of work has been carried out by the several working groups consisting of the professional unions of the seafarers, governmental authorities, national associations of the ship owners - all to ensure that all parties involved are fully understanding their responsibilities. The current second release of the guidebook has therefore been quite significantly updated in order to reflect all latest clarifications from the ILO Convention. The authors have also added some supplementary guidance to the main content of the book to assist the maritime employers with the application of the ILO standards in the efficient and practical manner. The authors of the volume strongly hope that it will be found very useful and practical by the workers of the shipping companies preparing for the MLC  implementation by the contracting governments...

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A Masters Guide to the UK Flag

   This guide book has been specifically prepared and released for the ship managers and masters plus senior ship officers working on the vessels registered in UK. The principal intention of the authors who have compiled the book was to provide above mentioned persons with the easy-to-use info connected with the existing UK Merchant Shipping regulations together with the all relevant administrative procedures. These procedures and regulations might be significantly differing from ones the readers are familiar with and applicable to the ships flying other flags and the intention of this document is to guide the reader to compliance with the UK requirements. The current release of this guidebook was updated to be brought in line with the MLC coming into force. Twelve sections of the publication address the ship manning and applicable STCW requirements, hours of rest/work, crew lists, employment agreements, log books including GMDSS, health and safety matters, proper reporting of the accidents, requirements applied to the medical stores, surveys and audits, refugees, stowaways, alcohol, cadet training, CSR, i.e. continuous synopsis record, and a full list of UK publications that shall be possessed onboard. The annexes provide informative example of how exactly the RAF, i.e. risk assessment form, should be completed, and the MSF 4605...

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Ro-Ro Ships Stowage and Securing of vehicles - Code of Practice

   Another official MCA release, this one containing the provisions of the Code of Practice related to the stowage and securing of the vehicles carried on board of the ro-ro vessels. The authors of the present Code have consulted the HSE executive responsible for enforcing the associated Docks Regulations together with all other shore-based regulations, in the course of preparation of the document. The experience that have been collected in operating the ro-ro vessels has enabled the IMO to develop the relevant technical standards with the ultimate intention to improve the safety of ro-ro transportation. This volume includes the standards that have been developed by the IMO and provides required technical guidance and information covering the established and proven safe procedures that shall be followed at the time of the roll-on and roll-off operations; when followed, these procedures will significantly reduce the risks to the people and vessels associated with subject operations. The book is arranged in eight sections covering the principal sources of danger on board, personnel safety, vehicle decks and ramps, associated lifting appliances, suitability of the vehicles for sea transportation, stowage/securing of transported vehicles, specialized cargoes and vehicles, CSM (i.e. cargo securing manual), and related publications plus three annexes...

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The Rescue Boat Code

   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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Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 - Frequently Asked Questions

   The fourth release of the FAQ to the ILO MLC, 2006 - worked out by the International Labor Office to serve as an integral part of the follow-up to the Action Plan. The MLC was officially adopted by the ninety-fourth session of the ILC in 2006, entered into force in 2013 and ratified by sixty-six countries having more than eighty percent of the world's GT of ships by 2015. Please note that the answers that have been provided in the present publication shall not be cited as the legal opinions as the precise requirements of the MLC are there in the national laws/regulations. These answers are provided with the intention to give readers the required information in the form of concise and clear explanations that would refer to the MLC together with any other reference materials. They shall not be considered legal advice. Literally every aspect is covered, including general in for about the MLC, questions about the people working on board the ships, questions related to the titles of the Convention, including minimum age, medical certification, training, qualification, recruitment, placement, conditions of employment, wages, hours of work/rest, leave, repatriation, manning levels, career development and so many other important issues.

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