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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22.04.2018
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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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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07.03.2018
IMPORTANT CHECKLISTS AND REPORTS USED ON FOREIGN GOING VESSELS

This Marine Insight publication contains the forms/checklists considered most important when reporting and for other practical use by the crew members and officers. There are three main areas that have been covered by the paperwork included in this pack.

The first is general and safety-related, including Safety Committee Meeting, tank opening checklist, PSC (i.e. port state control) inspection report, tank condition report, bunkering checklist, hull failure scenario. The second area is the deck department, and this part of the pack includes such forms and checklists as the bridge before arrival/departure checklists, GMDSS familiarization checklist, United States waters navigation checklist, and stevedore damage report.

Finally, the third area to be covered is the engine department - and here we such docs as generator test report and main engine bearing report, centrifugal pump report and engine before departure checklist, and even the bunker note of protest. We would recommend you to download the complete pack to make sure that all of the papers you might require are readily available at any time.

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03.03.2018
BALLAST WATER RECORD BOOK — BWM CONVENTION 2004

This document will be useful for the crew members of the vessels required to comply with Ballast Water Management convention which has entered into force recently. The proper record keeping of all ballast water activities is one of the requirements and this sample form may be used. This form contains all data fields prescribed by the convention.

The pages of the ballast water record book are showing a comprehensive list of the items related to the ballast water operations which shall be recorded in accordance with the regulation B-2 of the Annex to the BWM convention. Subject items have all been duly grouped into several operational sections; each of the sections, in turn, has been denoted by a specific letter code.

When filling in the Book, the date and operational letter code shall be inserted together with the item number in the appropriate columns; all required particulars must be recorded in chronological order in the blank spaces. The entries shall be made in a working language of the vessel. Each of the operations will be signed for and also dated by the officer in charge of the particular operation concerned. Each page shall be subsequently countersigned by the Master. The Book contains references to the quantity of ballast water...

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