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17.10.2018
LARGE SCALE RESCUE OPERATIONS AT SEA

The material presented in the pages of this guidebook is mainly intended to be used as the the advisory to the shipping companies. The publication was first released in 2014 in response to the huge number of migrants who attempted to reach Europe and required rescue by the crew members of the merchant ships there in the Mediterranean sea.

This is a second edition of the publication featuring significantly revised and updated content taking into account the recent practical experience gained by the crew members, Masters and shipping companies. It is supported by the most recognized industry organizations such as Intertanko, ASF, ITF, Intermanager and others.

More than a thousand of merchant ships have been involved in the rescue operations since the time when the crisis in the region started to escalate. They assisted with the successful rescue of more than fifty thousand people. It is not a secret that the shipping industry of today is facing a need to conduct even larger scale rescue operations.

Though the conventional merchant vessels are not commonly well suited to conduct the rescue operations of such scale, it is quite likely that they will continue to be approached by RCCs. This document will provide assistance to the shipping companies with identifying and properly addressing particular issues that may be faced by their ships during such operations...

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17.10.2018
Introduction to the Offshore Rig Hoisting System

In the previous article we have been acquainted with the very basics of the power system of the offshore drilling rig. And now, let us have a look at another fundamental system of any rig - the hoisting system. It is also one of the most important systems without which no drilling could be done.

The system serves a purpose of lifting the whole drill stem in drilled hole and out of it in the process of making a new well and lowering the casing down. This system itself is made of several elements, namely the substructure, the derrick (in some cases there can be the mast instead) and the drawworks, then the crown block and the traveling block equipped with the hook, and of course the drilling line.

The substructure of any rig is specifically designed and constructed to be able to effectively support the weight of the derrick taken together with the rotary table and the load of the drill stem when it is either suspended or standing in the derrick. Note that the substructure shall provide the support to the casing string during the time when they run the casing.

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17.10.2018
NP 008 PACIFIC COASTS OF CENTRAL AMERICA AND UNITED STATES PILOT

NP 008 Pacific Coasts of Central America and United States Pilot

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16.10.2018
Steel Ordering and Storage

Ordering of Steel

Mill orders are normally prepared by the drawing room, with the plate sizes being lifted from ship plans or plating models or, alternatively, obtained directly from computer printouts. Each piece of steel is assigned an identifying mark on the plan and on the bill of material. Plates to be severely hot-formed are ordered somewhat thicker than the required size in order to allow for the thinning down that occurs during the forming process.

There are price extras for very narrow, very wide and odd gage plates. Plates in the 1830 to 2286 mm (72 to 90-in.) width range are the least expensive per unit weight. The most economical sizes for the shipyard are determined after considering all related factors including the number of welded seams. Selected even-gage plates cost less per unit weight. In English units, the even gages are normally every 1/32 in. for plates up to 1/2 in. thick and every 1/16 in. for plates over 1/2 in. thick. In metric units, even gages are normally every one mm for thin plates and every two or more mm for the thicker plates.

The exact called-for grade of steel may not be obtainable for some ship repairs or when a small amount of steel or a special grade of steel is required. It is then necessary to obtain a proper substitute. Specific classification society approval of the substitute might be required, especially when ASTM and other non-ship grades are involved.

There has been little effort to increase the amount of standardization of plate or shape sizes beyond that normally adopted because such increases have been considered to be of little, if any, economic value.

Design work on structures incorporating large castings or forgings, such as a stern frame, is started early due to the long lead time required for these large items./p>

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16.10.2018
ISM CODE — A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO THE LEGAL AND INSURANCE IMPLICATIONS

Years ago, the adoption of the ISM Code was one of the critically important developments in the maritime shipping safety. In the past all efforts done in the field of maritime safety and pollution prevention were directed to improving the ship construction, quality of the equipment etc., i.e. mainly hardware. The provisions of the ISM Code deal with the way the shipping companies operate.

This is particularly important taking into consideration the extent to which the human factor affects maritime safety - in fact it accounts for the majority of the accidents. The intent of the Code is to provide help in improving shipping management standards and established practices to reduce the number of the accidents and save human lives. However, it appears that some of the people engaged in the industry are still not familiar with the Code and have little to no understanding of what it means.

The content of this document will clarify many of the aspects of the Code and provide necessary assistance to the shipping companies in implementing the Code. The author of the book concentrates on the important insurance and legal implications. It is aimed at the people involved in practical operation and management of the vessels both on board and ashore.

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16.10.2018
MANUAL CHARTPLANNER3 — VER. 3.2

The official release of the ChartPlanner by Datema - this software was developed to assist users with the management of their electronic charts and is widely used within the shipping industry due to its proven effectiveness and ease of use. There are two versions of the program available differing with the type of supported ENC charts, the functionality is same.

This set contains the installation files for the software supplemented with the detailed user's manual which will guide you through the installation process, provide all required operational instructions, give all necessary information about the BA, ADP and NP documentation, NtM service and using the notices to mariners. The first section also specifies the minimum requirements for installing subject software so that you can check if your computer suits them and proceed with the installation.

In fact the requirements would easily allow any computer to have this program installed and working effectively. The instructions are given for all versions of Windows OS up to and including Windows 10. Traditionally, we guarantee clear installation pack with no viruses, malware or any need for payment. Have this software installed and use it to enhance the nautical safety.

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15.10.2018
HEMPEL — ONBOARD MAINTENANCE

An excellent video produced by Hempel - one of the world leader in the field of coating and paint production. The widest range of coatings produced by the company feature easy application and cost effectiveness. This training video was prepared in order to provide ship crew members with required instruction on proper handling of the coating process.

The instructor will guide them through all factors that normally influence the lifetime of the shipboard protective coating systems intended to prevent the hull from corrosion. The good condition of the coating will ensure it effective work and eventually contribute in the overall effectiveness of ship operation. Noting that the time the crew may spend for the maintenance in port is continuously reduced due to the growing intensiveness of activities, it is becoming more and more important to increase their quality.

Any coating system will start deteriorating sooner or later and that is why a good maintenance system shall be established on board every ship. The crew members shall not only understand the importance of the proper and timely maintenance but also have a good knowledge of what, how and when shall be done to keep the vessel duly maintained.

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15.10.2018
NP 005-007-007A SOUTH AMERICA PILOT VOLUMES I-II-III

NP 005-007-007A South America Pilot Volumes I-II-III

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