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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02.03.2018
FIGHTING POLLUTION — PREVENTING POLLUTION AT SEA

The ultimate goal of this training package consisting of the booklet you read and supplementing video film is to provide trainees with the description of the ways in which the seafarers could manage to limit the marine environment pollution. The content has been specifically designed for the ship officers who are required to be duly aware of all problems relating to ensuring compliance with the relevant regulations as well as company policy and best practice guidelines of the shipping industry.

The original intention of the authors was to let officers achieve better training results and also to motivate other crew members. The material contained in this booklet is arranged in four sections. While the first section provides introduction, the second one is dealing with the MARPOL regulations currently in force.

The third section is covering established and effective methods of training for prevention of marine pollution from ship's operational discharges or from any accidental events. The last section of the booklet provides trainees with the references including bunkering procedures checklist and others. Numerous assessment questions with answers have been provided and shall be used for tracking the training progress.

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22.02.2018
A POCKET GUIDE TO PREVENT BUNKERING MALPRACTICES IN SHIPPING INDUSTRY

In maritime shipping industry of today, the suppliers of bunker fuel tend to employ different dubious practices for the typical operations, and subject malpractices are commonly prevalent in Asian region. Regardless of where the ship is being bunkered, the huge importance of proper and accurate measuring the fuel tanks both prior to and upon completion of the delivery is considered critical phase of all bunker stem operations.

That is why attention shall be paid by the members of the bunkering team taking the barge measurements to the application of the proper trim and list and recording the real temperature of the fuel. Some of the ways of concealing fuel would include hidden compartments and altered lengths of the sounding pipes, short bunker delivery and incorrect sounding tables, doctored gauging devices and others.

The present guidebook prepared by MarineInsight experts shall therefore be of great practical use for the people directly participating in the bunkering process. Apart from the description of different malpractices, the book will provide tips to get better understanding of the bunker gravitating and so-called cappuccino effect, coriolis flow meters, bunker surveys and also different methods and techniques used for detecting concealment of the fuel.

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