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16.05.2021
RICKMERS STANDARD FOR STOWAGE AND SECURING OF PROJECT CARGO 4TH ED.

As it is clear from the title of the volume, it contains the Rickmers Standard which is deservedly considered the major reference source for planning and handling of the project cargo handling, as well as stowage, securing and lashing of such cargoes. The main purpose of this Standard is to let all parties involved, including shippers and stevedores, to get informed about the established cargo handling and cargo securing practices that have proven effective.

Following these procedures will contribute in the improvement of the technical and commercial performance and this will be achieved by avoiding or at least minimizing the loss and damage of the cargoes transported on board ships. This all, in turn, will eventually result in the improved safety of the people and cargo at sea together with the improved environment protection.

The content of the Standard is arranged in three big sections, namely pre-shipment info for the shippers and ship agents, standards to be applied to lifting, bedding and securing cargoes, and assessing the shipboard securing and stowage arrangements for their compliance with the provisions of the standard. Four annexes provide some additional information and a glossary of terminology used throughout the Standard.

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16.05.2021
INERT GAS SYSTEMS — THE USE OF INERT GAS FOR THE CARRIAGE OF FLAMMABLE OIL CARGOES

We recommend you to have a look into this compact but quite informative and useful booklet released by the specialists of the world respected OCIMF organization. This document is intended to provide some information to be used by the people involved in marine transportation of the flammable oil cargo. In the pages of this booklet they will find some valuable guidance related to the use of the inert gases - these guidelines are applicable to the tankers of any size.

The content of the document was prepared on the basis of the historical incidents that involved explosions and fires on the tankers, namely in their cargo areas. The idea of the authors was to establish the safety benefits you will get when using the inert gases for prevention of the explosions and fires. note that the document is not supposed to and shall not be treated as the guidebook for the chemical tankers.

The information has been arranged in four sections. The first two sections give the general introduction and legislation background, while the third section provides the professional reviews of the accidents. Finally, the closing section of the volume contains technical guidance as noted above. This is a must-have publication on board any tanker.

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16.05.2021
CARGO WORK FOR MARITIME OPERATIONS, 8TH EDITION

This book shall definitely be treated as the basic reference source to be used by all merchant seamen and providing them with the required guidance to the major characteristics of a very broad range of transported cargoes. The content has been thoroughly revised and significantly updated to cover all aspects of the international maritime shipping, cargo transportation and handling.

The author has provided a good coverage of the main general principles together with the recently implemented regulations affecting all cargo operations, roll-on/roll-off systems, various equipment commonly used for cargo handling, containerization issues, transportation of passengers and many other areas.

The latest provisions contained in the relevant IMO documents have been addressed with their key elements duly explained. The book will be very useful for the students when preparing for the examinations in the relevant disciplines; however, it will also be great when used by the serving crew of the ships. This second edition of the publication features two completely new chapters covering the offshore trades and passenger ships. Recommended to anyone involved in maritime cargo transportation.

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16.05.2021
STOWAGE FACTORS

Here is a truly excellent compilation of stowage factors. The publication was prepared by the industry experts and is providing reader with the necessary information on the stowage factors. One of the most useful reference sources covering literally all classes of merchandise. This sixth edition of the volume has been significantly revised in order to include more useful data such as the stowage factors for bulk shipments of the ore cargo, sweet oil, containerships etc.

The stowage factors presented in the book are in cubic meters as well as cubic feet per ton. The information contained in this publication is the result of combined work of a team of experts and it took years to gather it all. All entries included in the volume are arranged in alphabetical order for easiest reference. There is a separate section addressing measurement and capacity of the shipping containers.

In short, the book is full of up-to-date and useful data arranged in such a way that would allow their immediate use on board any cargo ship so we do recommend having a copy at all times. Several supplementary tables are also there to give some additional data, such as tonnage conversion, salinity and draught adjustment etc.

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16.05.2021
SHIPBOARD CARGO HANDLING SAFETY GUIDE

Subject publication was prepared and released by the Hong Kong Marine Department. The document has been in use for decades and the contents prove useful to the crews. This release of the volume reflects all developments in the field of cargo handling on board marine ships. The intention of the authors was to provide readers and of course crew members of the ships in the first turn, with the required guidelines and essential technical knowledge of health and safety.

This knowledge includes the basic safety features and associated equipment, safe access arrangements and correct use of the cargo handling equipment. Due attention shall be paid to establishing and following the safe working practices by all parties involved in handling cargo. Handling containers has been addressed in the separate, newly added, chapter, where the authors has provided a good analysis of the health matters that are normally related to the cargo handling activities on board ships.

It should be noted, however, that the contents of the document must not be treated as a formal substitution of the formal requirements and/or their legal interpretation. This is guidance; for the regulations and rules you should go to the relevant rulebooks and standards.

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16.05.2021
SAFETY IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN IN RELATION TO PACKING OF CONTAINERS

Numerous researches conducted in the field of container safety, particularly their packing, resulted in the conclusion that there are so many good guidelines to the packing of the containers. Those books have been in use for quite a long time; however, the incidents keep happening and include poor securing and/or overweight containers.

Most of the guidance books used today are mainly based on the provisions of the Guidelines for Packing of CTUs, i.e. Container Transport Units. Significant portion of that document still needs to be revised to include updates related to the very latest technological advances in the established container packing practices. The present publication was prepared to fill in the existing gap in information.

Due consideration has been given by the authors to producing the good and easy to implement guidance for the supply chain so that it can be used in any transport mode and not limited to the marine transportation of the container units. In fact, the contents of this book includes a perfectly worked summary of the available volumes with the guidance on container packing and as such will be great practical use to all people involved in container transportation.

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16.05.2021
GLOSSARY OF CARGO HANDLING TERMS

This is a very useful glossary providing any people involved in cargo handling with the good explanations of the basic terminology. The cargo handling process is a complicated process that would not permit simple definitions. That is why is it very important to know and understand all of the terms commonly used during the cargo handling activities.

All of the terms selected by the authors for inclusion on the glossary have been listed in alphabetical orders and accompanies with the brief but clear explanations. Having this book readily available at all times will allow avoiding any undesired situations that would otherwise be arising as a result of improperly used wording. There are some normally accepted variations in the use and meaning of some of the terms from one port to another, depending on the established and traditionally followed practices.

That is the main reason why it is not possible to list absolutely all terms in a single volume. There are so many processes involved in any cargo handling operation that come and go and the associated terminology changes from one generation of the professionals to another. Have a copy of the glossary available at all times as a good reference source.

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16.05.2021
SHIP TO SHIP TRANSFERS — CONSIDERATIONS APPLICABLE TO REVERSE LIGHTERING OPERATIONS

The present publication developed and officially reversed by one of the most respected entities in the modern international maritime shipping industry, will provide all necessary instructions for the ship-to-ship, or STS, operations including valuable guidelines related to the reverse lightering, or topping-off. This is the operation where a laden ship, which would usually be an Aframax or Suezmax tanker, is being brought close to the partially laden vessel, normally ULCC or VLCC to transfer the cargo from smaller vessel to a larger one.

This is what differs the reverse lightering from the other ship to ship transfer operation where the maneuvering ship is ballasted. It is very important to pay all due attention to the fender selection as it becomes critical for the provision of the safety of STS operations. In addition to that, all aspects shall be thoroughly considered including, but not limited to the stand-off distances and energy absorption.

The publication is quite compact but it contains all necessary information. First two sections are covering the procedures to be followed when selecting the fender, and characteristics of the energy absorption by the fender. Three other sections are dealing with the approach velocities, availability of the equipment used in the course of the operations, and stand-off distances mentioned above.

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