14.05.2017

The latest release of the widely acknowledged and world popular marine industry Guide to the bridge procedures issued by ICS with the intention to provide such valuable guidance to the ship Masters, officers on watch, shipping companies and various training entities. The present publication is often referenced in the footnote of many IMO conventions.

This is the revised edition of the Guide, that continues the established tradition to cover all internationally recognized industry standards as well as the recommendations that have been adopted by the IMO; moreover, this edition also addresses the 2010 amendments to the IMO STCW. This convention introduces the enhanced BRM (standing for the Bridge Resource Management) training for all ship officers who are considered to be in charge of the navigational watch. In addition, this volume contains the very useful bridge and emergency checklists that would be very helpful to the crew members, including the checklists for ECDIS familiarization.

The authors of the publication have paid particular attention to the growing importance of the voyage planning process. We would definitely recommend that one copy of the Guide is carried on the navigation bridge of every marine ship and some copies are there in the technical departments of the shore offices. For sure, this document does not need any introduction...

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11.12.2016

A Brief Introduction to Important Vessel Mooring Techniques

   As it comes quite clear from the title of this publication prepared and released by the MarineInsight team, it was designed to provide some introduction to the basics of the ship mooring techniques. The book will serve as a reference tool to be used by the ship crew members and deck officers. The booklet has been arranged in seven major chapters. The first one is introductory, explaining the process of mooring the vessel in general. The second chapter of the book is dedicated to the so-called Mediterranean mooring of the vessel, while the following one is about the Baltic mooring. Obviously, each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. The remaining chapters of the publication deal with the single- and multiple point mooring of vessels, ship-to-ship mooring, and also what is the running and standing mooring. In short, this training book is an excellent reference source for every person involved in subject operations, either in planning or in actual mooring. The book also provides readers with the relevant terminology and definitions that all crew members and deck officers shall be aware of in order to perform the mooring safely and effectively. We really recommend to have this booklet readily available on board.

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26.03.2016

Bridge Watchkeeping - A Practical Guide

   The Nautical Institute presents one of the best and classical guides on Bridge Watchkeeping prepared to serve the officers of the watch and designed to pass on practical advice by senior officers. It is perfect for self-study and it's aim and major objectives are to enhance applicable standards of watchkeeping by means of the assessment program covering bridge operations, proper use of equipment, application of reliable procedures, support for the bridge team, tasks to be performed etc. By working methodically and very carefully through this guide officers on watch will definitely have a better appreciation of their duties and the way to support the Master and become more efficient and responsible member of the ship bridge team.

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11.03.2016

Control of Ships and Underwater Vehicles

   This book belongs to the Springer's Advances in industrial Control series. Here are the main chapters included in it - Introduction; Mathematical tools; Modeling and Control Properties of Ocean Ships; Control of Underactuated Vessels and Underwater Vehicles. The publication offers readers the latest results in the control of underactuated ocean ships as well as numerical simulations of the control systems and efficient designs for their implementation.

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10.02.2016

Handling Ships in Ice - A Practical Guide to Handling 1A and 1AS Ships

   Some ships, especially the so-called powerful "1A Super" class, are designed and built to operate in heavy ice conditions. The very nature of their design, speed and power has die perverse effect that, when not carefully handled, the risk of collisions in ice, grounding, sustaining damage due to extreme loads on their mid-bodies in harsh ice conditions and so on is very high. Deficiencies regarding communication, organisation, operational instructions and routines related to navigation in ice can also be identified as some of the causes of accidents, damage to hull and machinery and serious commercial loss. Although one's own vessel may meet all requirements as to its ice-class, one's own performance will be closely watched by the pilots and ice-breaker staffs. Moreover, reports about this performance are prepared by them and sent to local maritime administrations, which could decide, based on those reports, that a particular vessel is not suited for winter navigation as it is causing unacceptable delays to odier vessels. Hence the importance of having ice-experience which, combined with the ice-breaking capabilities of ones own vessel, will result in building up credit' with the ice-breakers and a good reputation with the administrations, pilots, operator and/or charterer.

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15.01.2016

Offshore Support Vessels - A Practical Guide

   This practical guide was writtento demonstrate to the readers the whole range and scope of OSV activities and provide necessary guidelines for safety manamement necessary because of the complexity of the activities in which the offshore support vessels are involved. The chapters of the Guide address following major topics - Offshore Support Vessel design; Dive Support Vessels (DSV); Construction Vessels; ROV Support Vessels; Pipe Lay Vessels; Diving Operations; Construction Operations; ROV Support Vessel Operation; DPS; ISM Code and ISPS Code; Shipboard Safety; Environmental and Ballast Management. An appendix at the end of the books provides some information on the saturation diving systems and remotely operated vehicles and the history of their development.

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19.08.2015

Mooring of Ships to Piers and Wharves

   This Manual was prepared and published with the ultimate goal to provide readers with some general guidance on how they can determine forces which act upon wharves, piers, and all other fixed structures due to berthed ships and also to provide some necessary background for safe and efficient fixed mooring design practice. The intention of the authors was to provide ships with a "safe berth" with sound and adequate mooring arrangements and structures. However, this book is not to be considered a standalone mooring analysis and pier design document since the subject matter is very complex and the variety of ships and other marine facility types with specific requirements is very wide.

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07.07.2015

Manned Model Shiphandling Course

   Some notes on shiphandling which will definitely be of great use for crew members involved as well as to future mariners. The authors of the publication tried to address the most importants aspects of handling the ship, including the explanation of the pivot point, turning the ship and slow speed control, showing the effects wind has on the vessel, giving details of the anchor work, the use of tugs and ship's bow thrusters, special vessel propellers and rudders, twin screw work. In addition, ship to ship and SBM operations are covered.

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