04.06.2017

The present Fire Training Manual has been designed and released to suit various types of ships. The purpose of the document is to provide the crew members with both general and vessel-specific information as well as with the practical instructions relating to the fire safety practice and relevant precautions, meaning of the various alarms, established procedures for the fire fighting, operation and use of the various fire fighting systems together with the associated equipment, operation of fire dampers and fire doors plus the information about the escape routes.

In addition, the present Manual may serve as a reference source for the crew members with the duty to provide the instructions to other people on board the ship in the practice of the all above stated equipment and following the procedures. The content of this FTM is fully compliant with the requirements of IMO Res. MSC.99(73) and its main part is describing the procedures and equipment generically.

However, its seventh section is specifically designed so that the users may easily fill in details of the procedures and equipment applicable to their ship, making the present document unique and still compliant with the applicable regulations. The fire training manual shall be provided in each mess/recreation room and cabin, together with the fire safety operational booklet.

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03.06.2017

The present small yet quite useful brochure will give its readers the required basic instructions on the proper implementation of the effective safety culture in the shipping companies, as outlined in the requirements of the IMO ISM Code. The original intention of the authors of the document was to assist the staff members of the shipping companies, including manager and actual seafarers in fulfilling the both the letter and spirit of the above stated Code.

The ISM Code has become mandatory through the SOLAS. That is one of the reasons of the significant reduction in the number of marine casualties and oil spills - and the most positive factor was the reduction in the number of human lives lost at sea. However, it should be noted that the full implementation of the safety culture is still considered a serious issue that shall be addressed by the shipping companies paying additional attention to this.

It would generally include the need for all people concerned to properly understand and feel how the serious marine incidents and unsafe acts are related can result in a loss of human life or serious damage to the vessel or transported cargo, as well as to the serious environmental issues. We would also like to underline the importance of changing attitude and avoidance of negative behavior as well as complacency towards the safety at sea and protection of the environment... 

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14.05.2017

There is no any single volume in the world that could fully cover the whole scope of fire protection; in fact the IMO documents alone are occupying so many reams of regulatory material. This publication is mainly comprised of selected relevant materials that would definitely be of primary interest and even necessity for all people involved in maritime activities; in addition, some useful references have been listed there in the book for persons looking for the further supplementary information.

The ultimate purpose of this volume was to provide all interested parties with the information related to the equipment and various systems that are commonly fund on board of marine vessels. James Cowley, who is the author of the present book, has made the reference to several specific vessel casualties, the details of which have also been included. However, it should be noted that only the publicly available casualty details have been included, since many shipping companies and Flag authorities would prefer not to see subject casualties mentioned anywhere.

The main idea is to prevent the future casualties, using the lessons and experience gained in the casualties that have already happened. The particular emphasis has been made on the structural fire protection as, in the author's opinion, its principles and associated limitations are not understood well enough...

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11.05.2016

Coping With Stowaways

   The number of stowaways detected on board ships is increasing every year. Not only are the numbers rising, but the stowaways themselves are becoming increasingly desperate once they are caught. Organised criminal gangs are often involved, and are becoming more and more sophisticated in their methods. At the same time, port and immigration authorities are becoming far tougher, with many countries refusing to accept stowaways, even when all the arrangements for repatriation are in place, and the stowaway is co-operative. This combination of factors and trends means that finding stowaways on board your vessel will not just be inconvenient - it will be time consuming, expensive, and can also be dangerous. The best solution is always to stop stowaways getting on board: Prevention is better than cure. This training package is aimed at all officers and crew, helping to raise awareness of the growing problem of stowaways. After using the workbook and video, you will be able to understand the nature and scale of the problems that stowaways can cause for crew and owners, help devise and work through clear procedures for preventing stowaways from boarding your ship, search common hiding places using effective search strategies, manage stowaways effectively from their discovery to their disembarkation, and understand the basic legal and ethical requirements for the treatment of stowaways. This booklet is perfectly supplemented with this training video film.

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10.05.2016

Regional Guide to Counter Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia

   This Guide deals with the armed robbery against vessels sailing in the Asian region, it was developed by the ReCAAP ISC together with the ASF (Asian Shp owners Forum, OCIMF, IFC (Information Fusion Center), INTERTANKO, SSA (Singapore Shipping Association) with the ultimate intention to assist ship owners and mastersm seafarers and ship agents and other people responsible for the operation of ships, in avoiding the pirate attacks, deterring and delaying them, as well as in evidence preservation, and promotion the secure and safe sailing for the whole shipping community. The book complements the information which was provided by the relevant resolutions by the UN General Assembly and IMO resolutions and recommendations.

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08.05.2016

Emergency Response on Container Ships

   Emergency Response on Container Ships is principally for officers and crew. Superintendents and others working ashore will also find it useful, as it sets out the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved in handling an emergency on board ship, including those who work ashore. Training officers may wish to start the first session by playing the whole video to the group and then opening a general discussion. The video can then be played again section by section, and trainees asked about the main points raised in each one. This booklet contains expanded information on each topic, and at the end of each chapter there is a short assessment test that can be used to reinforce the learning points. The focus of the training should always be on how the programme content relates to emergency response procedure on board your ship, how trainees can help to reduce the impact of an emergency once it has been identified, and what improvements could be made to ensure that everyone works well together as a team. Prevention of emergencies is always better than cure, and companies have safety procedures in place to reduce the risk of something going wrong. However, the reality is that accidents will always happen, and when they do, fast and decisive action is essential. The purpose of Emergency Response on Container Ships is to minimise the impact of emergencies once they have started to develop, emphasising the importance of effective lines of communication and of drills and exercises. Better if used together with this training video film.

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21.04.2016

Entry into Enclosed Spaces - Part 1 - Awareness

   The first part of the Entry into Enclosed Spaces training by Videotel. The training course covers the overview of the enclosed spaces and associated hazards, managing the entry to the enclosed spaces, some exercises, resources, and a number of assessment questions with answers. This part of the course is dedicated to the Awareness and is intended to make the readers understand what the enclosed space is and the hazards of entering such spaces, recognized the enclosed spaces on their vessel and when it might be necessary to enter, gain some necessary awareness of the safeguards etc. This booklet is supplemented with this video film for better understanding.

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28.03.2016

Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships

   The joint work of the IMO and the International Chamber of Commerce's IMB highlighted the increasing severity and frequency of the armed attacks against vessels. This Code was developed and released by the OCIMF with the intention to identify practical and cost-effective ideas to be considered by ship terminal operators and other shore-based authorities. Here is the brief contents of the publication: Introduction - The threat of piracy and armed robbery against ships - Countermeasrures by ships - Why are shore-based countermeasures necessary - Countermeasures by shore organizations - Overcoming practical problems - Further assistance - Conclusion - Check-list - Self-appraisal - Benchmarking.

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