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02.08.2019
NINETY PERCENT OF EVERYTHING

There are plenty of ship-tracking web resources available today; if you open any of them, you will see lots of dots and each of those dots is a vessel. Each of those vessels, in turn, is laden with hundreds or thousands of boxes full of cargo. The transportation is one of the key elements of the economy, without which the world of today would simply not work.

This publication will be of great value to anyone interested in the shipping industry, not limited to the industry professionals. The material presented by the author is truly absorbing and timely. The experts have found the book revelatory and engrossing because the author has explored a relatively covered world of the modern commerce; in addition, the readers of this volume will be introduced to the people. The publication is full of detailed accounts and anecdotes and it is a really easy-reading.

The readers have found the book a superb, perfectly written and remarkably bravely researched. A must-have one, considering the value that the shipping industry has and the way it impacts everyone's life. The author has managed to show the readers a sort of representative slice showing what exactly the contemporary world is like. You will ready about piracy, important environmental issues, and of course day-to-day life and operations on board…

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02.08.2019
TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT ON BOARD

The original edition of this publication was released in 1991 to describe how to make the very best of the training and education opportunities available on board. Since then, three more editions came and each time the content was revised and new information added. The introductory part of the document will give readers some necessary insight into the relevant regulatory framework including the ISM Code and MLC Convention.

The main part of the material is divided into nine chapters, the first chapter dealing with proper organization of the training on board any ship. The second chapter provides some valuable advice to the shipboard staff assigned the trainee roles. The third chapter is devoted to the resources including CBT, i.e. computer-based training, video training, planning of the training, assessment and other aspects, while the fourth chapter addresses the record keeping.

The competence assessment, opportunities for training and associated responsibilities are dealt with in the next two chapters. the remaining chapters deal with the senior officers and Masters, company training policies, and other information. Four appendixes supplement the main content of the booklet, giving necessary examples.

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02.08.2019
NAVIGATION BY GEORGE L. HOSMER

This classic book was written in the early twentieth century with the intention of the author to provide people willing to study navigation science with a good textbook they could you when preparing for their examinations. The information is presented in a very simple and easily understandable manner so this volume can be used by the beginner level students.

Note that the students are not expected to have a deep knowledge of mathematics, just simple arithmetic would be sufficient to understand the material presented in the pages of this book. Of course it shall be noted that no important information has been omitted. Numerous examples have been added by the author to illustrate the computation methods covered by the author.

The volume opens with the description of the major instruments commonly used in marine navigation, the compass and nautical charts, then we proceed to the piloting techniques and navigation tools, in fact all aspects have been covered. This is a very good textbook for the collection of any person with the deep interest in marine navigation and historical books on the subject, as the publication is very rare and you one can hardly find the book in any of the book shops today.

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02.08.2019
VERIFIED GROSS MASS INDUSTRY FAQS

The content of the present compact but very informative publication was specifically developed to provide the responses to the most important issues in the maritime shipping industry, relating to the revised regulations and guidelines of the SOLAS convention. The amendments that have been made to this regulation did have a serious impact on the established operational practices there between different parties of the supply chain engaged in the maritime transportation of cargo containers.

While the provisions of the SOLAS convention relate to the ship safety at sea, we shall recognize that the activities ashore that are related to the cargo presentation are considered essential to the safe outcome while at sea. This collection of the frequently asked questions is dealing with the newly implemented rules concerning the verification of the cargo containers' gross mass.

No container shall be loaded without duly verified mass. There are two methods, as prescribed by the rules, using which t6he shippers can get the verified gross masses of their containers. The information contained in this booklet will be of practical interest to the people involved in transportation of cargo containers by sea.

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31.07.2019
THE MOORING SERIES

This is another training set for the mariners. Here they will find brilliantly developed instructions on the proper mooring techniques. The training package consists of this booklet and three videos covering the theory of mooring, safe mooring practice, and maintenance of mooring systems. Of course, different ships have different mooring equipment installed on board, but the content of this package provides so-called best practice procedures for the safe mooring that would be applicable to the ships of any type.

Go through the material in the booklet very carefully and watch all three videos, and you will get to the better understanding of the difference between equipment, proper handling of the mooring operations, hazards commonly associated with carrying out mooring tasks etc. Pay particular attention to the case studies.

Effective and safe mooring operations require good understanding of the theory of mooring, starting with the forces that act on the ship and their application to the lines and mooring equipment. All of that information is presented in the booklet and videos in a very understandable format. Note that there are numerous test questions to track the progress of the students, and the assessment answers.

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31.07.2019
THE MOORING SERIES — THEORY OF MOORING

The opening part of the “The Mooring Series”, devoted to the theory of mooring. Start with this one but also get two other parts dealing with the safe mooring practice and maintenance of mooring systems, plus a booklet. As a ship approaches port, officers and crew members shall prepare for mooring. When berthed, the ship’s mooring system must help ensure the ship’s safety and enable the cargo operations to proceed smoothly.

The purpose of mooring is to ensure that the ship lies securely and in correct position of the berth relative to the loading arms or cargo handling facilities no matter how the wind, waves or currents may affect her. In this video, we will look at the various forces the mooring scheme must withstand; the mooring at buoys will not be considered. The forces that act on a ship’s hull at the berth can be considered as having two components – transverse forces trying to move the ship away from, or toward the berth, and longitudinal forces trying to move the ship along the berth, forward or aft.

These forces may be caused by wind or by the movement of water, such as underwater currents, wave motion, and swell from passing vessels. Wherever possible, berths are designed to minimize the transverse forces. In practice, however, changing wind, tide, and sea conditions mean that such forces may present a load on the ship’s hull from any direction, effectively reinforcing or counteracting each other…

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31.07.2019
THE MOORING SERIES — SAFE MOORING PRACTICE

The last third part “The Mooring Series”, and this one addresses the safe mooring practices. We remind you to use the whole package consisting of two other videos dealing with the theory of mooring and maintenance of mooring systems, and associated booklet. Mooring is a routine operation on every ship. It is carried out by day or night, in good weather or bad, in winter and summer.

Because of the large forces involved in mooring operations, they do present a serious risk to the personnel’s safety. Good planning and briefing of personnel is very important to minimize these risks. Also, mooring teams must always work in their safety shoes and gloves, they must use the chin straps on their helmets, and they should avoid stepping on lines and must never stay in the snap back zones. Most importantly, they must always be aware of the operations going on around them.

Safe mooring is also the key to efficient cargo operations. The ship must be positioned correctly and held securely; however, the forces of wind and current may vary. Taking into account that the possible failure of the mooring system poses serious hazard, the first thing for the responsible officer to do is the risk assessment, considering any given circumstances at the mooring station. The assessment shall cover all mooring schemes that the ship is likely to encounter…

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31.07.2019
THE MOORING SERIES — MAINTENANCE OF MOORING SYSTEMS

This is the third part of the popular “The Mooring Series”. Note that the training set also includes two other videos and a booklet to be used together. The ship is heading out to sea. A voyage begins. The mooring system served well in port, and now wires and ropes are checked and stored waiting for the next entry to harbor. But the story is not as simple as that. The mooring system must work properly every time no matter in what conditions it is employed, no matter how much work and how to do when last in use, any damage suffered when it was last used must be put right.

A lot of planning and hard work is required to ensure that the ship’s mooring system is maintained in a good working order. Here we will describe some of the most important tasks that are involved in the mooring system maintenance. The planned maintenance system shall be established on all ships in line with the procedures outlines in their SMS. Essentially, all winches, ropes, wires, shackles, stoppers, and fairleads – in fact, the whole system requires periodic inspection and maintenance.

These would normally be carried out during a deep sea passage. In most cases, mooring winches are driven either by hydraulic or electrical power. During the routine maintenance, check that the heaving and slack out markings are clearly visible on the control system…

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