24.05.2017

Here is the officially released video training file dedicated to the problems of the anchoring and mainly addressing larger vessels. From Hong Kong to Rotterdam, Singapore to New York, the past twenty years have seen a massive increase in world trade and, with it, the volume of world shipping.

Too frequently amended schedules and orders has been added even more time at anchor, waiting for berths to become free, demanding ever more care for masters, crews and pilots concerned for the safety of their vessels. For the past twenty years have seen over a thousand anchor related incidents, mainly among the largest vessels. Anchors have been let go in the wrong place, at the wrong time, in the wrong way... the costs, expenditures and equipment is immense and poses the awkward question - do those responsible properly understand the basic design principles and limitations of their anchoring equipment?

In addressing this question head on and since most reported incidents have been aboard the large vessels, our program looks closely at two separate anchorings aboard the same bulk carrier plying between Europe and North America. In illustrating here what is best in anchoring practice, we should also point out the pit falls for ships of all sizes...

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22.01.2017

Tank Cleaning Practice

   It's a fine day, good visibility, calm seas, perfect weather for a passage, and yet this tanker is sailing towards danger. It is about to bring together a large explosive atmosphere with sources of ignition; in fact, it is playing with fire. If all goes well, no one will ever know; but if it goes badly, the results could be devastating, and everyone will hear about it... Tank cleaning is one of the most critical and dangerous stages of any cargo carriage. If not conducted properly, it brings together things that are best to be kept apart - explosive atmospheres, sparks, toxic fumes, and personnel. It is a time consuming and often complex operation, but the benefits are clear. Both sludge build-up and contamination can significantly reduce a vessel's effectiveness, service quality and profitability. They can also impact health and safety. Every year, many seamen die in accidents. Often, these involve enclosed space entry. It is the vessel's responsibility to arrive at the terminal ready to take cargo. And, the vessel has a duty to care to customers, too. Every year, port tank cleaning procedures lead to substantial costs through delays to loading schedules, port fines and legal damages which have run into many hundreds of thousands of dollars. Tank cleaning is normally undertaken on ballast voyages between loads, when changing cargo types or when changing charterer...

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09.01.2017

Bridge Procedures - Bridge Resource Management - Navigational Charts & Associated Publications

   One of the parts of Bridge Procedures series discussed voyage/passage planning and demonstrates the use of charts. This video, in turn, deals with the navigation charts and associated nautical publications. Charts are vital, both for passage or voyage planning as well as for navigation. A chart is the prime aid and even the most efficient bridge team cannot function effectively without up-to-date actual chart. But the chart starts getting outdated the very moment it is printed, because the environment is constantly changing. The commonest changes are man-made, such as the buoys, lights, and new obstructions, they all may present a danger to the ship, together with the additional work and stress for the people on the bridge. The nautical press regularly releases the reports on the vessels which have faced problems related to charts - no charts, wrong charts, unofficial charts, or charts not kept up-to-date. To take one example - while waiting for the berth at quay side, the master of the motor tanker Marion decided to anchor. The charts have not been corrected, and the ship put the anchor down on a new pipeline, severely damaging it. The ship owners had to pay about twenty-five million dollars to the owners of the pipeline, as a result... And this is just one example demonstrating the importance of maintaining the charts up-to-date, correct and official...

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09.01.2017

Bridge Procedures - Voyage Planning.
   This video is going to examine one of the key tasks on the ship - voyage planning by the navigating officer. A good voyage plan with all the information including information needed in emergencies, is the only basis for a safe voyage. Poor voyage planning may not always result in an accident, but it puts the watchkeeping officer in a weak position if the things are starting to go wrong, and inevitable they will one day. As well as reducing accidents and improving safety, regulation 34 of SOLAS Chapter V requires all ships to have a voyage plan before proceeding to sea. The information it gives frees the watchkeeping officer from spending time on reference books and tables, it will ensure that the officer is fully aware of all requirements. The plan is to cover the entire voyage from berth to berth. It must be completed well before the departure and must be approved by the master. If the voyage plan is your responsibility, you need to be aware that doing it properly takes time. The first step is to check that all the necessary charts and publications are up-to-date and that no change is taking place to the scheduled destination. Next, there must be a discussion with the master to take into account all the commercial requirements. The master's experience will enable him to suggest a route, pointing out potential hazards. One issue to discuss with the master is weather routing...

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09.01.2017

Bridge Procedures - Working With VTS.
   As an extension to the areas covered by the other parts of the present video training program, this video film examined the key principles involved in working with the VTS. While approaching or leaving a port, the onboard management team need to interact with many shore-based organizations. If their own management style is synergistic, this may eliminate difficulties in including the additional temporary members into the team. This will ease everyone's workload and contribute to the more efficient and incident-free turnaround. One of the most important for the shore based authorities is the VTS, standing for the vessel traffic service. On board, the pilot serves as a link between the VTS and the vessel; however, the ship's responsible officers must be ready to deal with the VTS should a need for that arise. Both the VTS operator and the ship's officer have the qualities they can bring to the task. Those on board know the ship and it's characteristics, they know the crew, they know detailed plan for the immediate future; but they do not often have a global view of the traffic situation. The advantages of the VTS operators are that they do see the overall picture and everything that is happening in the port, they know the schedules and intention of the ships, they know the area very well and are aware of the capabilities of the availability of the shore-based services, including emergency services, and also know how to contact them...

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09.01.2017

Bridge Procedures - Bridge Watchkeeping.
   The work of the navigating offices goes on winter and summer, day and night, in calm weather and in storm. This applies equally whether engaged in passage planning, taking the watch or entering or leaving confined waters. It is a critical work as over eighty percent of insured losses due to collision, grounding or contact damage, are set to arise from human error. This program examined the work of the officer on the watch during watchkeeping. Any shipping casualty, whether it is by grounding, collision or fire, represents an enormous cost to the maritime community. In addition to the possible losses and environmental damage, all other factors involved affect all ships. However, most shipping casualties are actually avoidable. Analysis of statistics shows that up to eighty percent of losses are due to human error and that often means bridgekeeping error. Bridge watchkeeping is deservedly considered one of the critically important activities on board of ship at sea. While on watch, the responsibility for safety and security of the vessel and all people on board is on the watchkeeping officer. This task requires good training, high standard of skills, and effective time management. The rime task of the watchkeeping officer is to ensure that the vessel is never in a position of uncontrollable risk. This means always knowing the ship's situation and keeping a good lookout at all times...

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09.01.2017

Bridge Procedures - Emergency Procedures.
   This series considers a number of important issues in bridge resource management. This particular video is dedicated to the bridge response to the emergency situations. Everyone has heard of the shipping accidents that have grabbed the headlines of the world's maritime press. But the world at large never hears about the incidents that were contained and controlled by those on board. By responding quickly and correctly, many emergencies have been brought under control. Injury, loss of time, and damage to the ship have been greatly reduced and eliminated. Although the offices on the watch has a vital role to play initiating the ship's response to any incident, the primary responsibility remains with the safe navigation of the ship. During the watch, the watchkeeping officer is in charge of the ship. Most of the time, normal routine work will fill every minute of the watch. It is only rarely that emergencies occur, but when they do occur, your response as the watchkeeping officer is a crucial component in dealing with it. How you respond, depend on the requirements of your companies' emergency response manual. We show here a number of typical examples, starting with the gyro failure. On hearing the alarm, the officer on the watch switches to the second gyro, if one is available...

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09.01.2017

Bridge Procedures - Accident Prevention - The Human Factor.
   Parts of the present Bridge Procedures series discuss bridge watchkeeping and the master-pilot relationship. As the extension to these topics, this video examines the importance of the human factor in accident prevention. Accidents will happen at sea, on land, and in the air. When they do, the usual response is to find someone to blame and often the person chosen is the watchkeeper in charge. But this approach misses the point; to improve safety, we need to look beyond - it means taking into account the human factor. As far as the shipping industry is concerned, this means turning away from the old-fashioned autocratic leadership style, that was widely spread in the past. Perhaps that was once an effective management style; but on high technology ships sailing in today's busy sea load it is no longer appropriate. The airline industry has been aware of this for some time, but it took a terrible accident to change a perception of the effective management... In short, it is quite obvious that the human roles have always been and are still being considered one of the most serious factors contributing to the number of the accidents, including but not limited to the accidents happening at sea. This is what the present video concentrates on...

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