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14.11.2019
MARITIME LOGISTICS — A GUIDE TO CONTEMPORARY SHIPPING AND PORT MANAGEMENT

This is the second edition of the popular guidebook on the maritime logistics where the authors paid particular attention to the important aspects of the modern maritime shipping and port management. The publication is covering absolutely that may be needed by the students as well as practicing professionals of the maritime industry, i.e. in the pages of this book they will find all information required.

According to the feedbacks provided by the readers, this is a truly essential volume for all people interested in maritime logistics of today’s world. The content is remarkably comprehensive and up-to-date as the authors thoroughly revised the text of the original edition. It is a very authoritative and highly informative publication that will definitely help in explaining the history of the maritime industry and still concentrate on the ship operations done today as well as the challenges involved.

Needless to say that a good knowledge of the shipping industry and deep understanding of the port management is the must item for making successful and effective business decisions and establish good and effective policies for the shipping companies and the whole countries.

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14.11.2019
MARITIME CASUALTIES — CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES

Unfortunately, maritime casualties occur on a regular basis and they have serious ramifications all around the planet. And this takes place even though the ships of today are equipped with the anti-collision technologies and modern navigational equipment to prevent such cases.

The present publication was prepared by the recognized expert and every effort was made by the author to illustrate that the causes for these casualties are not limited to the malfunctioning shipboard navigational equipment and that they are often caused due to the human error.

In addition, the content of the book demonstrates the necessity of proper planning ahead. Among other reasons there are also non cross-checking of the ship’s position information with the relevant systems and too much of reliance to the sophisticated state of the art electronic technologies and information provided by them.

Plus, the apathy arising from the hours and hours of uneventful and boring watchstanding is also considered one of the factors contributing into the possibility for the casualty to occur. We recommend the publication to all those interested in the provision of safety of their ships through analysis of the maritime casualties and their possible reasons.

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11.11.2019
MARINE INSURANCE LAW

This second edition of the popular marine insurance law publication was prepared and released with the aim to introduce and clearly explain all important matters that are normally covered within the courses for masters; the students and people new to the area will be offered a remarkably accessible and comprehensive overview of this part of the maritime law.

The publication opens with the brief but informative introduction to the essential principles of the maritime law as well as formation and structure of the maritime shipping insurance contracts. Then, the author proceeds to the individual considerations, giving their detailed explanation. Among the topics covered there are insurable interest, fraudulent claims, fair presentation of the associated risks, reinsurance, marine perils and many other aspects.

The content of this edition is revised to reflect the significant changes that were presented within the Insurance Act 2015; in addition, there are several newly introduced appendices that contain information about the applicable regulations and give some example clauses that have been taken from the real maritime insurance contract and included for reference.

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11.11.2019
REEDS BASIC ELECTROTECHNOLOGY FOR ENGINEERS

The present book is mainly intended to provide a comprehensive coverage of the essential theoretical work on electrotechnology to be used by the students as well as practicing engineers. The authors of the book have concentrated on the basic theoretical principles and refer to the numerous informative illustrations. There are many works examples included to supplement the theoretical part of the volume.

There are also several examination questions included at the closing part of the book to check the progress of the students; it means that this book could be used for self-study as well. The main content of the publication has been arranged in fifteen chapters followed by the solutions to all examples provided inside. Note that the first- and second-class examination questions are also there and supplemented with the correct answers.

The book will start with the basic electrical terms and information on circuits, conductors and insulators, electrochemistry topics, magnetism and electromagnetic induction, AC and Dc motors, electronics and so many other topics that are of the utmost importance to the electrician working in any field and particularly for the ship crew members.

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11.11.2019
PROPELLER HANDBOOK — THE COMPLETE REFERENCE TO CHOOSING, INSTALLING AND UNDERSTANDING BOAT PROPELLERS

The original intention of the author of this publication was to provide all interested readers, including boat designers and boat builders in the first turn, with all necessary knowledge which they will use when selecting appropriate propellers for the boats. The content of the volume will be equally applicable to various types of boats from trawlers to high-speed powerboats. It shall be noted that if someone is interested in some particular application or vessel type, it is not required to go through the whole book.

We would rather recommend them to have a glance at the main aspects and then concentrate on the particular section with the type-specific information they need. The first two chapters of the book are covering the matters related to the boat power and speed, while the third chapter is describing the essential parts of the boat propeller together with the associated dimensions.

The following two chapters define and discuss the technical differences in propeller types and shapes of the propeller blades, plus the so-called “slip method” of selecting the propeller. The remaining chapters are dealing with the mathematical methods of selection, various installation methods, and special consideration that would be necessary for tug boats, outboard powered vessels and others.

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11.11.2019
MARITIME TERROR — PROTECTING YOURSELF, YOUR VESSEL, AND YOUR CREW AGAINST PIRACY

Traveling by water nowadays is not problem-free. In fact there are several problems associated with it and most of them are relating to the safety and security. The recent cases of attacks and theft from the passenger ships and yachts showed the increase of the maritime piracy in Asian waters. In addition to that, the problem of stowaways also shows the existing difficulties for the modern seamanship.

It happens quite often that seamen face these problems being unprepared. The maritime piracy is considered a worldwide problem of today, however this is not the only problem encountered. Another problem is the maritime terrorism. The present publication was written in order to assist all modern sailors in making sure that their adventure of sailing does not end up with a catastrophe.

The information provided by the author will be useful to those seriously caring about the safety and security of their vessels and people on board. The book will take the readers all the way from the basic information on contemporary maritime terrorism, through evaluation of the hazards to the fundamentals of the maritime defense. Numerous checklists have been included for the necessary checks to be done when preparing to the voyage.

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Offshore People and Safety (cont.)

Rig Manager – Toolpusher

The toolpusher’s job has been redefined to include a broader range of responsibilities than formerly; hence the modern title, rig manager. The rig manager reports directly to the drilling superintendent. No longer is the main responsibility simple to get the hole drilled efficiently and quickly. The job has expanded to include direct control over safety, environmental, and other regulatory concerns in the field. The landowner’s concerns over access and water must be addressed. Supply firms must be contacted and supervised. Visitors must be controlled and made aware of safety procedures.

The rig manager makes sure each driller keeps all operations within the rig’s capability and that each driller trains the crew to work safely. Through experience, the hazards on the rig are known and eliminated promptly. If a job safety analysis program is in place, the rig manager has the primary role in its implementation. Periodic inspections are done with each driller’s participation and input. A rig safety list is filled out and the inspection results are reported to the superintendent. The manager investigates every accident, analyzes it with the driller and crew, and oversees needed corrective measures.

Driller

The driller reports directly to the rig manager. The driller is in charge of the rig and crew on the location. From the driller’s console area he or she controls the drawworks and brakes, sets the bit weight, rotary speed, and pump pressure. Experience is important because errors in judgment can lead to damage to the rig or injury to the crew. The rig crew must trust the driller completely because safety depends a great deal on a driller’s skill. A driller must be constantly aware of safety, not only of behavior and actions, but also of each person on the rig. The driller knows the value of teamwork and sees that the crew operates as a well-trained team; knows the ability of each individual; and won’t assign a green hand a job beyond his or her experience.Offshore People and Safety (cont.) - 2

The driller and the rig manager decide when to pull and change the bit. During active times on the drill floor, such as during a trip or a connection, the driller runs the rig at a pace suited to the crew, knowing that pushing them beyond their ability is dangerous. The driller makes certain that the new crewman knows the job, as well as the safety procedures involved in doing it.

The driller sees that the rig is well-maintained, and trains the crew to be on constant alert for worn or faulty equipment. Once spotted, immediate steps are taken to correct the problem. Drillers make certain all guards, signs, and protective devices are in place and in good condition. A driller must enforce the use of personal safety harnesses by anyone climbing or working overhead. Horseplay is not allowed on the rig. Should a crewman show signs of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the driller will relieve him of duty immediately and report the occurrence to the rig manager. The driller keeps all important paperwork current, such as bit performance records, daily reports, and time sheets.

Crew Members

The crew usually consists of a derrickman, two or three floormen and, depending on the rig, a motorman and/or electrician. Each must know the job and function as a team in order to work efficiently and safely.

Each crewman must report to work on time alcohol and drug free. The job demands everyone to be fully alert. Many contractors conduct random drug testing with mandatory testing of the whole crew following an accident. Crewmen must wear personal protective equipment, including proper clothing. Excessive hair length can be hazardous. In some situations beards are forbidden.

On the rig, each crewman must always be safety-conscious. The careful worker learns to be observant, foreseeing danger before harm is done. Some jobs will be repetitive, which can lead to carelessness; that is when the danger increases.

Offshore People and Safety (cont.) - 3Every crew member should be aware of being struck by or caught between objects, especially around the pipe racks, mud pumps and tanks, and on the rig floor. A rig worker should not engage in unsafe practices. Tools must not be lying around the floor, ladders, or walkways because they present a trip or fall hazard. Crew members should always use the ladders and stairs, and avoid jumping off anything over three feet high. Sliding down rails or riding the catline or elevators must not be done. Very importantly, everyone helps the new crew member by instructing him or her on the correct way to do the job safely and by pointing out the hazards around the rig. A competent crew avoids horseplay and practical jokes that might have serious consequences.

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