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03.12.2020
ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF NAVAL STRATEGY AND SECURITY

This handbook was written with the intention of the authors to provide readers with a comprehensive professional overview of all issues that are currently facing both naval strategy and naval security today, in the XXI century. The material contained in the publication was developed on the basis of the valuable contributions by the world recognized specialists in the industry, including researchers and practitioners.

The document is covering the naval security aspects in different regions of the planet, including the piracy-prone area of the East Africa. In addition, the book outlines the policy challenges that commonly arise as a result of the maritime terrorism, international organized crime, etc. The authors have analyzed all consequences posed by the maritime security of today’s world, paying all due attention to the naval strategy.

The book will serve as a good addition to the available literature intended to be used by the analysts and researchers. The book is expected to be of great interest to the students and practitioners in the field of naval strategy and security, as well as the security studies. However, every person engaged in the maritime shipping industry will benefit from the content of this book.

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03.12.2020
HAZARDS ON GAS CARRIERS — SIGTTO LESSON

A good training officially provided by SIGTTO for those involved in maritime transportation of liquid gases. The students, who have successfully completed the lesson, should be considered as having enough knowledge of the common types of hazards associated with such activity, including flammability, toxicity, low pressure and temperatures, chemical burns and others. The first in the list, flammability, is treated as the most dangerous one.

That is the reason why the ship designers pay so much of their attention to arrange for the most effective containment of the transported cargoes in order to limit the amount of gases that escape to the atmosphere. In addition to that, the vessels and ports are in possession of the relevant design specifications for the electrical arrangements ensuring elimination of any ignition sources in the hazardous areas.

All gases that are carried in bulk on board gas carriers, except for the chlorine, are of flammable nature, and the vapors are easily ignited. This does not relate to the ammonia requiring higher energy of ignition. The fires that normally follow the leakage of ammonia are less likely… The lesson will provide all essential information that shall be possessed by everyone dealing with marine gas transportation in a safe manner.

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03.12.2020
ATHENS CONVENTION RELATING TO THE CARRIAGE OF PASSENGERS AND THEIR LUGGAGE BY SEA, 1974

The Athens Convention on Passengers and Their Luggage was adopted in 1974 in Greece with subsequent entering into force in 1987. The provisions of the subject convention are considered applicable to all international carriage if the vessel flies the flag or has been registered in a state that is a party to the convention, or if the contract for transportation includes such state, or the place of destination/departure, as per the above mentioned contract, is in a state that is a party.

Here, the term “international carriage” means the transportation in which, as per the carriage contract, the places of destination and departure of the vessel, represent different states or in a single state, provided that the intermediate port is in place. The carriers are considered as bearing the liability for any damage that has been suffered as a result from a personal injury or death of the passenger and/or loss of the luggage or its damage that has taken place because of either fault or the neglect of the carrier…

The publication is a must-know for all people dealing with the maritime transportation of people since it plays a core role in provision of the subject services within the appropriate regulatory framework.

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03.12.2020
Personal Safety On Board — The Shipboard Management Role

Safety must be essential factor in all ship operations. Ship owners need to make a profit, but the best way to do that today is by operating safely. The senior management team on the ship needs to put the health, safety, and security of their crew above everything else. To achieve that, safety must be managed effectively.

The ISM Code makes safety management essential. But safety management makes good sense in both human and commercial terms. For all shipping companies, a history of shipping incidents and accidents damages their reputation and leads to the loss of business and further financial consequences.

It may seem that accidents happen at random, but the researches show that there appears to be a relationship between near misses and serious accidents. The more near misses, or hazardous occurrences that happen, the more minor or serious accidents occur. Proper evaluation of a near miss or hazardous occurrence reports and making appropriate changes in procedures will reduce accidents and contribute in managing safety on board.

There are many components to successful safety management and obvious one is good training and familiarization with the company’s safety management systems. Another one is proper maintenance, including making sure that all maintenance is correctly carried out and logged. Motivation and leadership is also vital. If safety matters to the senior officers, everyone on board will notice that; they will then make safety a high priority in their own activities.

This leadership is an essential part of another component – the development of the safety culture. The senior officers must make Pers Saf On Board - The Shipb Mant Role2it clear that they are committed to the company’s safety procedures for it is their attitude to safety that determines the safety culture of the ship.

Finally, there are the safety management procedures themselves – these shall be developed by the shore office in consultation with the shipboard management team based on their experience, risk assessment, and legal requirements. But the shore office’s responsibility does not end with creating good working procedures. They also have a responsibility to employ personnel of a suitable standard both at sea and ashore.

Most important of all, there shall be open communication and trust between the ship and the shore. The Designated Person Ashore under the ISM Code must ensure that everyone ashore and on board works together to manage safety. For safety management systems to be effective, they must be regularly reviewed to ensure continuous improvement.

Standards must be established and then implemented. The progress of this implementation must be followed and measured so compliance can be checked. The situation must be reviewed and changes made if the objectives have not been met.

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02.12.2020
SOLAS CONSOLIDATED EDITION 2020

Here is the absolutely latest electronic release of the SOLAS Convention. Of all internationally recognized conventions that have been ever developed and released by the International Maritime Organization in connection with the maritime safety, this one is deservedly considered as the most important since the content of the document covers the whole range of the technical and organizational measures and arrangements to improve the shipping safety, protecting the human life at sea.

The very first edition of the convention took place back in 1914, following the famous disaster of the “unsinkable” Titanic which resulted in the tragic loss of more than 1500 human lives. Four editions of the conventions followed since then and the present version of the document was adopted in 1974 and it has been in force since 1980.

The main intention of the present 2020 release was to provide all interested parties with the easier references to all recently introduced requirements that are applicable starting from January 2020. Note that the 1978 and 1988 Protocols have also been included, together with the Unified Interpretations, or UI, to SOLAS regulations. The arrangement of material is traditional for all released of the convention.

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02.12.2020
ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION GUIDE ACCORDING TO IEC INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS

This content of the present guidebook was prepared specifically for the electrical engineers involved in the design and selection of the electrical equipment, as well as its subsequent installation and technical maintenance and inspection. The low-voltage installation complying with the IEC standards are covered.

The main idea of the authors was to provide engineers with the clear and step by step information for the full study of the installation. In fact, this is a quite compact yet remarkably comprehensive publication which covers all applicable standards and techniques, making it a best choice for the electrical engineering professionals. The intention is to facilitate the proper and timely implementation of the IEC standards by the designers of the electrical equipment and contractors.

This latest edition of the guide considers all recent changes in the techniques, applicable standards and regulatory framework. The book will take you all the way starting from the general rules of the design of electrical installation and connection of the LV/MV distribution networks, and up to the harmonic management and EMC guidelines, so you will find everything covered.

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02.12.2020
SHIP STABILITY

This is one more excellent book on ship stability and will be greatly appreciated by all naval architects. Like any other book belonging to the well-known Nutshell series, the publication is intended for use while the student is out of sea. The publication is covering the entire syllabuses for both watch keeping officers and second mates; however, it may also be useful to the marine engineers.

The book opens with the chapters on density and relative density, flotation and water pressure, followed by the chapters addressing deadweight and displacement, effect of density on them, centers of gravity and buoyancy, as well as other essentials. The transverse statical stability of the vessels and their equilibrium are discussed in the following chapters, together with the free surface effect, hydrostatic curves, tables and draft.

Each of the chapter is supplemented with the exercises to ensure proper understanding of the material covered. Since the due knowledge of the naval architecture and stability in particular is a must-have for any seaman, we would recommend this publication to everyone on board ship, taking into account the reader-friendliness of the book making it easy to read by literally anyone having basic knowledge of math.

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01.12.2020
CAT 3500 MARINE DIESEL ENGINES TRAINING

Every marine engineer including students and practicing professionals shall have a look into this training set officially released by the CAT Training Center. The documents contained in the pack cover the 3500, 3500B and 3500C families of the marine diesel engines produced by the CAT. First of all, the overview of the engines and description of the basic components is given, serving as the introductory information.

The pack is intended for use as a comprehensive service training manual with all components identifies and basic operations of all engine systems explained. The testing and mechanical adjustment of the engines has been addressed in a separate document, while the other file is devoted to the MEUI, standing for the mechanically actuated unit injector, fuel system, including its operation and troubleshooting tips.

Then, you will find the information about the fuel, lubrication and cooling systems of the subject diesel engines. Of course, the engine electronics have been addressed in a dedicated volume. Moreover, there is an official preventive maintenance procedure providing the interval schedule and the associated maintenance work scopes. The set is an indispensable working aid for anyone involved in the maintenance and servicing of the CAT marine diesel engines of 3500/3500B/C families.

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