24.08.2018
VOYAGING WITH THE WIND

We invite all enthusiasts of the old-time sailing to have a look into this publication. This is a volume about the handling of the square-rigged ships, a truly magnificent ships seeming alive to the people, having no engine and depending solely on their sails. The book was written by the prominent expert in the field, taking readers around the world through the oceans. The narrative text of the book is absolutely perfect and so gripping.

He shares the real dangers associated with sailing the ocean and tells his readers what the expression to "know the ropes" means. Of course, handling of such vessels is not something that you can learn by reading - you need to do this yourself. But, getting such practice nowadays is a task next to impossible. The author of this book made an excellent attempt to acquaint the interested readers with the basics of sailing giving them a sort of introduction to a huge and complex subject.

According to the author, there are two fundamental skills which any ship master shall possess, namely to duly understand the ship and be able to look after her including all the sails and tackle, gear and rigging, and to sail intelligently, knowing the behavior or the main currents and winds of the ocean. This requires experience and the content of the book will give you something to start from.

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17.08.2018
REEDS OCEAN HANDBOOK

One of the best volumes of the whole Reeds Handbook series. The content of the present publication is actually based on the Reeds Skipper's Handbook providing skippers with the necessary information and advising them on the proper crew planning. The book will serve as an excellent complement to the well known Ocean Yachtmaster course.

The readers will be provided with the essential navigation and weather information, explanation of the basic theory f route planning, and will get handy and practical instructions on the long-range radio-communications as well as risk and emergency preparations, passage making and many other useful info. The world climate is covered in the pages of this book together with the route planning, navigation and astro-navigation were paid particular attention by the author, and this approach has made this volume one of the best available and bestselling titles in the field.

The content is internationally relevant and may be applied in any part of the world. The text is supplemented with many color data diagrams, making the understanding much easier. We would highly recommend this volume to all lovers of sailing and promise they will find lots of useful information inside.

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29.07.2018
ANCHORING SYSTEMS AND PROCEDURES

This is the revised edition of the official OCIMF publication, superseding the original release of their "Anchoring Systems and Procedures for Large Tankers". It will provide reader with all necessary guidance and relevant recommendation to promote the safe operation as well as satisfactory operational performance of the anchoring systems normally installed on board ships.

The revision of the publication was considered necessary due to the significantly increased number of incidents that involved failures in windlass motors, anchor losses and associated injuries of the crew members. That is why the decision was made by the experts to get the content of the first edition revised and make it reflect the improved information related to the effective anchoring practices and also to recognize the developments made in the field of anchor systems in the past years.

The authors of the volume have highlighted all design capabilities together with the associated limitations imposed on these systems and equipment with the ultimate intention to enhance the operational safety. The guidance provided in the book will apply to vessels the vessels of all types and sizes and will be useful to their crew members.

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19.06.2018
ANCHORING PRACTICE

The content of this instructional booklet will present huge practical interest both to the mariners and students of marine related disciplines. The material contained in this booklet will provide real life practical tips they will use when sailing on board ships and when they are engaged in anchoring operations. Prior to ship's arrival to the marine port the captain shall consult all publications available on the navigation bridge in order to get all required environmental information and relevant data.

The location of the anchorage suiting the vessel shall be clarified together with the water depth at that area and type of the seabed. In addition to that, the master shall clarify the strength and direction of the current and get proper weather forecast for the area and time of planned anchoring. Moreover, the best, i.e. safest way to the anchorage shall be checked and availability of enough sea room shall be confirmed.

The author of the present volume has included so many useful instructions covering all aspects of anchoring. For example, readers will know how to determine the minimal underkeel clearance of the vessel for safe anchoring, understand the holding power of the anchors, they will get to know the necessary steps to be taken when preparing to the anchoring, check the most effective methods of reducing the ship's speed etc.

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29.05.2018
CO—OPERATION ON THE BRIDGE — APPLICATION HANDBOOK

We all know that the safety is the most important aspect of the maritime shipping industry. Nowadays there are serious safety, economical and environmental risks commonly experiences by the ship traffic. These risks shall be controlled by the bridge crew members during the ship operation. This task is quite challenging and complicated since most of the accidents actually result from human errors.

Unfortunately, the risks cannot be fully eliminated, but we can at least reduce their likelihood. This can be achieved through decreasing the overall risk of the operations. The present application handbook was released with the intention to improve the level of the maritime safety by increasing the awareness of the crew members about the human error management; the necessary instructions shall be provided and followed in different real life situations.

The book shall be used by maritime industry professionals and all persons in charge of the development of various safety management systems and schemes. The content of the handbook has been divided in three main sections covering the risk management, bridge resource management and human error management. The booklet is highly recommended o all people concerned with maritime safety.

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22.05.2018
A POCKET GUIDE TO ENGINE ROOM WATCHKEEPING ON SHIPS

Another useful and interesting publication prepared and released by the MarineInsight team. This volume will provide information about watchkeeping in the engine room of vessels. We know that the watchkeeping is considered one of the fundamental parts of the duties of any engineer on board.

The effective watchkeeping is critically important for those willing to make sure that the shipboard machinery and hull systems work smoothly with no breakdown or errors. The watchkeeping would normally include marking frequent rounds in the machinery space and tracking the key parameters.

Note that the proper watchkeeping will also help ensure the safety of the vessel and crew members. The engineers dealing with watch shall consider various important factors, and all of them have been addressed in this publication. Starting from the very first days in the machinery room the engineers and crew members shall have deep and thorough understanding of their duties as well as of the established operating procedures.

They shall know how each machinery system works since this is the only way to keep an efficient watch. All operating and emergency procedures shall be clearly understood and followed...

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09.05.2018
HOW TO USE FACSIMILE WEATHER MAPS

The main declared purpose of the present booklet is to demonstrate the techniques that shall normally be applied in order to use the facsimile weather maps in the maximum effective way. eh author have also tried to provide the basic information that will be required to duly understand the development of the weather and waves. The forecasts significantly improved during past decades, following the improvement of the radio equipment.

However, the mariners were never able to have a detailed picture of the situation. And this was changed with the introduction of the radiofacsimile. Let us have a look at some advantages of the radiofacsimile. First of all, they enable mariners to see the weather pattern at a glance and to follow most changes. In addition to that, the mariners can use the weather maps to see the facts used by the meteorologists issuing the map.

They are also enabled to perform general prediction of the weather for their area up to seventy-two hours ahead as well as plan evasive actions to avoid storms before they get into it. Should the storm be unavoidable, the mariners will at least have an idea of how long such storm is going to last. Having actual weather maps will permit you to better judge the situation than by just relying on the forecast...

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08.04.2018
PORT REVEL SHIPHANDLING COURSE MANUAL

The official manual for the Port Revel Shiphandler course. The volume opens with the introduction acquainting trainees with the training centre, telling how and where the training is provided and what results can be expected. The Port Revel is situated on a human-made lake remodeled to reproduce real conditions of sailing.

At scale, the available water area is representing a navigable zone of approximately three by two nm; this allows several sailing modes at the same time, with the normal maneuvering speed. The fleet of the training centre consists of nine vessels. While seven of the ships are models of either bulk carriers or oil tankers, the eighth one is a replica of the LNG carrier "Ben Franklin".

Finally, the last ninth model is a replica of the "CGM-Normandie" post panamax container vessel featuring carrying capacity of 4400 TEU. All of the above listed vessels except Normandie have diesel motor and steam turbine. Taking into account that the Normandie can actually be controlled from her front deck (like car carriers and cruise ships), it means that the available fleet reproduces twenty different ships. The models have all been fitted with the conventional features that would be normally found on board any real vessel.

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