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20.10.2018
MAINTENANCE ENGINEERING HANDBOOK

A really perfect and one of the most comprehensive resources, the present publication has long been serving as basement for the specialists in the various fields of engineering, technicians and managers who were in need of the good technical advise on absolutely every engineering aspect. This edition of the title will bring its readers updated on the most important areas - they will find everything they require to identify and repair any faulty piece of machinery or equipment.

For more than sixty years this Handbook has been used by the professionals all around the world. Among the purely technical chapters, this release of the Handbook will also provide you with the information about the cost estimation an numerous newly introduced sections on conducting maintenance of the mechanical equipment that will be appreciated by the maintenance engineers. According to the reader reviews, the volume is very useful and materials contained are updated and practical. The content of the publication is very well organized, enabling readers to find any information they need.

One of the most popular volumes on the maintenance engineering available today and a must-have for any engineer involved in the routine or periodical maintenance of the assets. Such areas as the maintenance practices, lubrication, maintenance of electrical and mechanical equipment, analysis instruments, reliability tools and many others have all been addressed in the pages of this book.

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20.10.2018
Launching a Ship

The launching of a newly constructed vessel is deservedly considered one of the most critical events in the whole building process and one that is potentially hazardous if the movement of the large, yet fragile, mass that is supported on a comparatively frail structure is not properly planned and executed. Configuration of design and selection of materials for suitability and strength and the control of, and making use of, the natural forces of gravity, buoyancy, water resistance and friction is, in essence, the art of ship launching. A properly engineered launching can be accomplished safely and efficiently. The development of this engineering plan is one of the most important tasks facing the shipyard naval architect.

At the time of receipt of a request for a proposal, major preliminary calculations are commonly made in order to verify that the vessel can be constructed and launched, in one or mоге pieces, using facilities existing or suitably modified, and this would typically allow to make some basic planning. Following contract award, further calculations are prepared to exactly locate the vessel on the building slip, determine forces acting on the ground ways, cradle and ship, and to provide a basis for the design and delineation of the launching arrangement.

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20.10.2018
DIESEL ENGINE SYSTEM DESIGN

The diesel engines are referred to as maybe the most promising powertrains in the nearest future, if we take into consideration their truly superior thermal efficiency as well as the oustanding reliability. Nowadays, diesel engines are widely used in the most of the commercial vehicles, industrial applications, cars and light-duty lorries. Modern emissions standards and demands of the customers of today are driving diesel engineering to become a dramatically growing applied engineering discipline in order to meet the applicable requirements of designing optimum diesel engines.

The engineering population in diesel engines' design is growing quite fast. The requirement for new advanced design theories and professional reference books has become pressing and obvious. This volume presents my own experience and findings in many interrelated areas of diesel engine performance analysis and system design. The present book is also intending to establish some sort of emerging area of the diesel engine system design for the diesel industry.

The whole technical process of designing the diesel engine is very complex indeed since it involves so many different people and companies from the original equipment makers to suppliers. A system design approach to set up correct engine performance specifications is essential in order to streamline the design process.

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20.10.2018
NP 018 BALTIC PILOT VOLUME I-II-III

NP 018-019-020 Baltic Pilot Volume I-II-III

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19.10.2018
Barge Carrying Vessels (Cont.)

Let us talk a bit more about the barge carrying vessels, playing a very important role in the maritime shipping industry of today, and particularly in transportation of the heavy cargoes. See the previous article for the main discussion. Here we will mainly focus on the SEABEE type of vessel, i.e. the second one.

For the SEABEE type of vessel to empty a full vessel or load a full cargo of barges, giving a theoretical loading or discharge time of 13 hours, it will actually require a theoretical cargo handling total of 64 hours for each round trip, although allowing a 50 percent margin for unforeseen delays, the total cargo handling time is expected to be about four days.

Each barge deck of the SEABEE can accommodate two barge widths, with the upper deck having a capacity for 14 barges while the main and lower decks are each suitable for twelve units, with each hold stowage area measuring 11.1 m (36.54 ft) wide by 5.9 m (19,30 ft) high. As the upper deck is free of obstructions, except in the forward area, it is possible to carry double-width barges or up to ten open-type barges with cargoes of unlimited height, i.e. restricted only by the barge stability limit. It is also possible to carry containers on the top of the upper deck standard type barges.

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19.10.2018
LNG OPERATIONS IN PORT AREAS — ESSENTIAL BEST PRACTICES FOR THE INDUSTRY

The present document prepared by the specialists of one of the most authoritative entities in the world of maritime shipping has been released with the specific aim to provide required technical guidance to the crew members of the vessels engaged in marine transportation of the natural liquefied gas. The material contained in the book draws on the remarkable experience of the authors, all of them being recognized members and experts of the gas industry.

Their collaboration has eventually resulted in this guidebook explaining the established best practices for the proper management of the shipping operations in the ports. The authors have also illuminated the profile of the risks commonly associated with the gas operations - this information will be useful to the persons administering the ports and providing the essential services.

The publication shall definitely be treated as a very essential guidance for all people dealing with the design, construction and subsequent operation and maintenance of the LNG terminals in the ports as the information contained in its pages can be used when conducting the reassessment of the risks that are subject to frequent changes taking into account the nature of the operations.

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19.10.2018
ECDIS VIDEO GUIDES — PC MARITIME NAVMASTER

The content of the present guide bases on the version 7.1.0.16 of the PC Maritime NavMaster electronic chart display information system and continues the series of the guide training modules. The previous releases addressed the ECDIS developed by the world known manufacturers, including JRC JAN-701B-901B-2000, Kongsberg K-Bridge, eGlobe G2, Furuno FMD 3X00 and FEA 2X07, Kelvin Hughes MantaDigital, Maris ECDIS 900 and OSI ECPINS.

The material arrangement remained same as it was in the other sets. The booklet accompanying the video training files contains the information covering all important aspects of the use and maintenance of the subject systems. The set will be great when used both onboard any ship with the PC Maritime NavMaster system installed and when used for training purposes by the people willing to get themselves duly familiarized with the arrangement and operating principles of the ECDIS or get better and deeper understanding of this particular one.

All explanations and instructions provided in the booklet and in the videos are very clear and easy to follow so it can be used by both professional navigators and students who will all appreciate the structure of the set.

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19.10.2018
LIQUEFIED GASES MARINE TRANSPORTATION AND STORAGE

The known and researched world gas reserves exceed those of oil. However, for so many years the gas has not attracted too much interest. It was rather considered a sort of hindrance by the people engaged in the oil recovery. The associated gas used to be flared. The wells containing no oil but a plenty of gas used to be totally ignored. The first practical attempts for gas production were made at the beginning of the last century.

People had finally recognized the potential of gas reserves to change the way of their living. The development of gas reserves has eventually led to the need for its transportation which, noting its flammable nature, should be carried out in a safest way. The present publication provides a good review of the marine LNG transportation as well as of the conditions that prevail today.

Without going too deep into technical details of the transportation, the author gives a nice overview of all important aspects including the characteristics of the vessels engaged in transportation, current regulations and rules governing it, gas storage ashore and of course safety considerations. The readers will find valuable information about everything associated with marine transportation of gas from both safety, technical and commercial perspectives.

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