This short video animation was prepared by Seagull specialists for training purposes. All crew members and people who have once participated in any of the anchoring or mooring operations are well aware of the fact that subject operations are critically important and hazardous by nature - however, they are tasks routinely conducted on vast majority of the vessels sailing today.

The mooring arrangements may differ from one sea port to another and hat is why it is very important to carefully pre-plan all mooring operations well in advance of the vessel calling at the port. The animation demonstrates the main phases of the mooring process.

Of course, taking into account its duration, one cannot expect the video to fully cover the mooring activities in detail. however, this is more than enough for those willing to get a general idea of the process and good for a start.

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The PCCs, standing for the Pure Car Carriers, or Car ferries, are commonly characterized as special ships form with relatively high freeboard that have a very large area of the hull plus superstructure projecting above the water level in comparison to the area of the "underwater" hull.

Therefore, the wind has great influence on the ship hull, and the wave from the bow has also much impact on the large flare of the bow. In addition, incidents of dragging anchor due to strong winds also take place while anchoring such vessels.

We do recommend to watch this video to have better understanding of the maneuverability of the car carriers, their behavior at sea, naval architecture issues involved and precautions to be taken for the safe and efficient operation of those vessels. You may also wish to have a look in this video addressing the maneuverability of the very large ships.

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Accidents and disasters happen, and they always happen for some reason, they are not random events. Investigations afterwards often reveal that the causes were known before the incident occurred. The idea of risk management and formal safety assessment is to identify, assess, and manage the risks before they lead to an incident.

The aim of this video is to demonstrate how exactly the ships management team can begin to manage the risks on their own vessel. There are underlying causes for every event... A must-watch training material for the people whose activities imply assessment of the risks commonly associated with the operation of the ship.

As the title of this video promises, upon watching it and understanding its content, they will be enabled to perform much better risk assessment, minimizing potential impact...

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In accordance with the demands of the modern industrial world for the rationalization of transporting and procuring expenses, large sized ships have been developed primarily in bulk carriers and crude oil tankers.

In particular, the cause of transportation per voyage has been reduced because wide beam very large ships have been placed and commissioned.

On the other hand, these very large ships have still more magnified the maneuvering characteristics with good turning ability but poor course keeping ability. In short, you would better watch this one if your are engaged in operation and maneuvering of the very large vessels.

Note that we have another video training film of same kind, addressing the maneuverability of the pure car carriers which is also highly recommended to watch for familiarization and training purposes.

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For the ship inspector, every inspection is a sort of testing of professional judgment. First impressions can make a difference but it is only a surface thing. If the vessel is not giving the perfect cosmetic appearance, it would not necessarily mean the vessel is bad at all...

Ship vetting is considered very important because it helps to improve the quality of the shipping operations. Poor quality ships endanger the lives of their crew, they can lead to pollution incidents that may cost many millions of dollars.

That is why we would recommend to watch this video to all persons performing vetting inspections of the vessel - either professional inspectors or trainees who will all appreciate the content providing them with general information supplemented by the valuable instructions and practical tips. It will definitely add to their skills and make their inspections more efficient and professional.

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Recently, several quite serious accidents that have resulted in losses of anchors together with entire length of anchoring cables, have taken place while the vessels were attempting to make anchoring. In addition to that, the number of accidents involving vessels lying at anchor has also been noticed to increase.

Most of the subject accidents involved drifting, as well as collision and standing caused by the dragging anchor. The intention of the team of authors who made the present video training film was to prepare a practical material that would be used when studying how to prevent drifting due to dragging anchor while the vessel is lying at anchor and also how to prevent the loss of anchor and it's cable while attempting to anchor.

This video film will be very useful for the ship navigator regardless of their professional seagoing experience, because it not only gives the general theoretical knowledge of the subject but also provides trainees with some practical tips they may benefit of one day.

We would for sure recommend all ship navigators to have a close look and spend some time watching this video file and use the information when conducting their duties during the anchoring operations. The other three parts of this training set address the in-harbor ship handling, bank effects and interaction between two vessels, and ship squat and shallow water effects - all of them are available at our site.

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In harbors and ports where maneuvering areas are confined and shallow, there are many navigational restrictions. Therefore the operators of the vessels are required to maneuver them in full accordance with the current environmental situation. Additionally, when the entering and leaving the ports also involve berthing and unberthing operations, ship handling without assistance is not easy.

This difficulty is due to the problem of directional control and coursekeeping, which, in turn, is a result of the poor steerability of the ship at low speeds combined with the influence of wind/current. This video training is a part of the four-film set.

Here at our website are the other three videos - they are devoted to the bank effects and interaction between two vessels, ship squat and shallow water effects, and anchoring issues. We definitely recommend all ship navigators to have a look in these four videos to refresh their knowledge of handling the vessels in restricted water.

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The Dynamic Positioning Systems, or DPS, is the system which is designed and installed on board vessels to keep these automatically in position with the assistance of the active thrusts. The system utilizes thrusters, rudders, and propellers to withstand the external forces like the wind or waves.

Dynamic positioning was first used in the 1960-es and has since that been improved to better serve the offshore industry. This video is demonstrating the application of the DP systems. In fact, the intention was to provide trainees with some general idea of what the dynamic positioning systems are without getting into technical details related to their construction, operating principles and arrangement.

All of these you may find in the publications and videos on the website while this particular video was prepared just to give a picture of the DP system.

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