A very useful guidance prepared by the recognized experts of the industry. We know that the safety signs and used on board any vessel very extensively alerting crew of the potential hazards, leading them to the escape routes and providing other information that will be critical in case of emergency. They act as a sort of visual; illustration helping seafarers increase their safety awareness.

They can be of difference shapes and colors provided they have been acknowledged by the relevant regulatory bodies. Note that it is considered imperative to all seafarers to be able to perform correct identification of the safety signs and have thorough understanding of all of them on board, taking into account their importance. This booklet will be of use to the people having some difficulties in remembering the signs and shall be used as a compact yet absolutely comprehensive reference guide to the shipboard signs.

The symbols and signs included in the booklet have been categorized and provided with the explanation making it much easier for the crew members to understand and remember them. It is a must-have book for both crew members and shore personnel visiting vessels and required to participate in provision of the safety.

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The volume was worked out by the MarineInsight team to address the critical matters of the personal shipboard safety. The readers will get to know why exactly personal safety shall be considered the top priority on board any ship and how the personal protective equipment shall be used. The document is also dealing with the personal safety in every point of the vessel and in the course of different operations, and details the first steps to be taken by the person arriving on board.

The authors of the book try to make the readers understand that the safe practices apply not only to the deck or engine crew but shall be taken into consideration by every single person boarding the vessel. The content will be equally useful to all people regardless of the duties they are assigned on board and their position. Note that though a duly organized teamwork is a matter of utmost importance for the safety of the vessel, the first step is done by the individuals.The readers will understand the fundamentals of the personal safety together with the methodology to approach safety and implement it on board their vessel. each of six chapters of the document cover particular aspect of the shipboard safety in detail.

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One of the most authoritative publications dealing with the problem of security in the region. The authors of the volume are bringing together in one book the internationally recognized shipping industry experts so that they can share their experience discussing the current trends and common issues related to the maritime security.

The maritime security in the Asian-Pacific region is looked at using the three-step approach. First of all, it surveys the outlook of each region of Northeast, Southeast and South Asia together with the global outlook, discussing the trends in force modernization and shipping from regional perspective.

Then, the authors examine some specific challenges faced by the maritime community, including maritime boundary disputes taking place in the South China Sea and some other issues deserving attention. The publication also looks at the newly introduced initiatives for the maritime collaboration and regime building; in addition, the authors have paid particular attention to the political and legal implications involved. A good and informative publication that will be appreciated by the persons involved in the shipping activities in the subject region. /span>

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Every professional mariner will definitely agree that the sea is representing the environment it is extremely difficult for the human to survive. However, the maritime history shows great strides that have been taken by the marine technology in order to control and possibly reduce the associated risks. Although it is obvious that the oceans will always remain wild and very unpredictable, today's seafarers are not confronted by many of the hazards that used to present serious dangers to the mariners lives in the past, for example poor nutrition and diseases, rudimentary navigation methods endured by their ancestors.

Nowadays, they may immediately request aid and the reasonably expect of such help occurring nearly everywhere in the world. And, should the total loss of the ship occur, the seafarers have recourse to the same life-saving appliances and equipment as seafarers of old - the lifeboat. In the past, the lifeboats were considered the vessel's workhorse that was commonly used for ferrying personnel and various goods - of course, they were also utilized as an aid to navigation and propulsion should there be no wind, as a rescue boat for men over board and a means of survival when nothing else was available due to loss...

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The present publication was prepared by Videotel specialists and is mainly aimed to promote the safety of the pilot/accommodation ladder and gangway operations, assisting ship's deck officers and crew members directly involved in such operations with getting to the better and much more thorough understanding of the correct maintenance and operation procedures.

The main content of the document is arranged in the several sections - while the opening section provides introductory, the next one is devoted to the risk assessment to be conducted to each entry to port. The next section provides and analyses the most frequent causes of the incidents associated with the gangway and accommodation ladder operations.

The document provides all required practical guidance and checklists to use, addresses numerous relevant case studies including quotes from the applicable marine regulations. The ultimate aim of this training booklet is to improve the gangway and ladder operations and significantly raise the awareness of the crew members and deck officers familiarizing them with the maintenance techniques and correct procedures. An absolutely recommended training for all crew members and deck officers. Note that it should be supplemented by this training video film.

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Lifting heavy items is quite complicated and sometimes hazardous task even when carried out on land. On board vessels, taking into account added difficulties of space being limited, it is important that all precautions are taken in order to ensure the safety of personnel engaged in lifting activities. Though most lifting operations are done in ports, in addition to the above it is also necessary to make sure that the ship-to-ship transfers are carried out safety.

All persons operating lifting equipment shall possess thorough knowledge and understanding of the equipment in use and be aware of the technical limitations imposed on the machinery. The main intention of the author of the present guidebook is to show the correct procedures established to ensure the safest use of the lifting appliances on board ships, their maintenance and storage.

The booklet can be used for self-study or as part of the training program for crew members, who are all required to be thoroughly familiar with its content since the training and practical experience will eventually bring about required knowledge of planning and executing safe and efficient lifting operations with no hazard to the people engaged.

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The present report contains the results of the investigation following the VCM (vinyl chloride monomer) escape which occurred on board gas carrier Coral Acropora. Subject vessel was preparing to commence the discharge of the cargo into the shore tanks located approximately 3 kilometers from the berth.

Upon arrival, a cargo surveyor had preformed the calculation of the cargo quantity and asked the chief officer of the vessel to run a cargo pump in each of the tanks as the cargo samples were taken. However, the chief officer of Coral Acropora was not aware of the requirement for cargo sampling and had not made necessary arrangements. The decision was made by the chief officer to accede to the surveyor's request without including subject sampling operation in the ship's discharge plan. The aft tank valves were opened allowing the cargo recirculation.

After that, the chief officer run the aft tank pump through the local controls on tank top. The surveyor started to fill the cargo sample cylinder from the designated sampling point of the tanks. After several minutes, the cargo alarm sounded. The chief officer muted the alarm klaxon since he assumed that the alarm indicated tripping of the cargo pump; however, he could not know that for sure without checking in the cargo office...

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The present Guide was released to deal with the armed robbery against ship operating in the Asian region; it's content was prepared by ReCAAP ISC in co-operation with the ASF, IFC, OCIMF, SSA, IFC and INTERTANKO trying to provide required assistance to the ship owners and masters, crew members and ship agents, as well as all other people considered responsible for the safe operation of the vessel.

The book starts with the chapter describing the historical development of the co-operation in the Black Sea region. The rest of the chapter are devoted to the state of the Black Sea, it's marine biological diversity, governance of the sustainable fisheries in the subject region, vessel source pollution plus various offshore activities taking place in the Black Sea, and many other important aspects.

In short, the publication provides all necessary information covering the subject and may be recommended to the governmental authority officers, state inspectors, ship owners and all other persons engaged in the shipping activities in this region.

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