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Every person who operates lifting devices must have very extensive and thorough knowledge of subject equipment, including the various types of frames, slings, clamps, beams, and shackles. They must also know the limitations of the machinery and the forces involved in each lift. As lifting is a hazardous operation, it's essential to minimize those risks by restricting lifting to proper trained personnel. This guide shows the correct procedures to ensure the safe use of lifting devices on board ships, together with the maintenance and storage of lifting equipment.