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21.10.2018
LASHING HANDBOOK FOR MARINE MOVEMENTS

The official document released by the Transportation Engineering Agency. The intention of the authors of the present publication was to provide industry with the correct lashing and lifting techniques and methods to be used for loading both general and military cargoes and securing them on board seagoing ships. The content of the volume includes important equipment characteristics.

The main body of the document is arranged in seven chapters with the first one being introductory. The other sections provide necessary tips and explain the commonly made mistakes, and give all required instructions on lashing hardware and wheeled vehicles, trailers and tracked vehicles, and containers. Note that the general technical guidance provided in the second half of the book have some limitations but are still applicable.

The main portion of the book is dealing with the lifting of the cargoes in the course of the port operations. There are also three appendices providing information about the development and implementation of the cargo restraint criteria applicable to the marine transport, explain the deck strength calculations, and address the procedures for the blocking and bracing considered effective and recommended.

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21.10.2018
ISM CODE VIDEO TRAINING

While statistical analysis suggests that around eighty percent of all shipping accidents are cause by human errors, the underlying truth is that the act or omission of a person plays some part in virtually every accident, including those where structural or equipment failure may be the immediate cause.

The present set of video training materials consists of five parts. The first part provides introductory information about the background of the International Safety Management Code while the content of the second part will let trainees improve their knowledge and understanding of the basic requirements of the subject document. The third part will tell you how to use the reports within the Safety Management System and will help you develop better understanding of the audits and revisions of the Code.

The fourth part is concentrated on the work permits and associated plans and procedures. Finally, the closing part of the course is intended to let trainees understand how the SMS shall be used on board their vessels. In short, the course provides general information about the ISM Code and is therefore recommended to everyone regardless of their background and practical experience.

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21.10.2018
Introduction to the Ro/Ro Ships

The introduction of the roll-on/roll-off system to major trade routes of the world has added new dimensions to the modern cargo handling techniques offered to shippers. The roll-on/roll-off system was first introduced about the same time as the containership and has only recently gained wide acceptance. While there has been a rapid buildup of terminal areas, berths, and handling equipment for containerization at many ports, the roll-on/roll-off system has proved that it complements and supplements rather than competes with the containership and container handling methods.

More important for developing trade, it is a system that does not require massive specialized terminal facilities and shore-based equipment. Many operators conclude that the го/го method combines the best features of containerization, unitization, and breakbulk techniques. However, these ships also have unsatisfactory features such as wasted space and lashing problems. Recent ro/ro ships have been designed as almost full containerships where the containers are loaded and unloaded ro/ro fashion with forklift trucks.

Examples of cargo that have been literally rolled aboard ro/ro ships are heavy earth-moving machinery, automobiles farm equipment, large pieces of lumber, wood pulp, newsprint, sheet steel, piping, and other similar commodities. Rolling stock is ready for delivery upon arrival at the discharge port, and loading, stowing, and discharge operations are simplified.

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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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