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This is one of the best books available today to address the magnetic compasses used on board ships. The volume was originally released back in 2000. The book covers virtually all important aspects of the shipboard use of the subject equipment and will be greatly useful for the students as well as the practicing deck officers. Numerous illustrations supplement the text and will help in getting to the better understanding of the subject when preparing to the examinations.

The material included in the book covers such the important topics as terrestrial magnetism and ship’s own magnetism, essentials of the compass work, coefficients applied, hard iron deviation, heeling error and directive force, vertical force instrument, horizontal vibrating needle, Kelvin deflector and so many others. The book will also be interesting to those who need to understand the basics of the construction and use of the shipboard magnetic compasses.

The correction and adjustment of the compasses have been covered in detail and there is a separate chapter devoted to this. The volume concludes with the performance standards and several theory questions for better tracking of the learning progress. All of the questions have the answers accumulated within the last chapter.

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The Classification Societies are there to provide the professional class and statutory services as well as the consultancy in the maritime and offshore field to the different maritime and offshore industry stakeholders and regulatory entities. The subject services pertain to the provision of human safety on board ships and offshore installations, protection of the environment, and the Class Societies apply the theoretical knowledge and practical experience when performing their services.

Their main aim is the verification of the structural integrity and strength of the floating objects, paying due attention to every single component, including hull, appendages, shipboard machinery, equipment, systems etc. This is achieved through development and subsequent application of the so-called classification rules; in addition, the international conventions, guides, codes and other regulations are widely applied when ensuring compliance with the statutory requirements.

Most of the vessels and rigs operated today have been built in compliance with the corresponding requirements of one or more of classification societies. This volume was released by the International Association of Classification Societies and will give you some insight to the work of these organizations.

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As we all know, some changes of fundamental nature did come to the maritime Arctic region in the beginning of our century. Those interested in the subject are aware of the fact that the ice covering the surface of the Arctic Ocean is being transformed in terms of its character, as well as extent and thickness of the ice layer. The Arctic is integrating into the global economy owing to the active exploration and development of the oil, gas and other natural resources in the area.

The subject developments in economy create a need for the systems of marine transportation that would be capable of operating in the safe and effective manner, considering the coverage of the waters by ice. The present publication addresses the perspectives of the Arctic environments undergoing the changes, with the due attention paid to the opportunities presented for the maritime shipping industry.

They have also focused on the increasing interest in the development of the new trade routes in the Arctic region as well as the important aspects of the commercial maritime transportation and development of the natural resources mentioned above. One of the critical steps towards the Arctic stewardship was introduction and implementation of the IMO Polar Code.

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This volume is mainly focusing on the management of the common operations in the shipping, which is an activity requiring due knowledge and significant technical expertise spanning different disciplines. The people engaged in the ship operations are normally required to have enough understanding of the subject and also to be well-versed with the important aspects of management, as well as the economics, and even engineering.

Moreover, they need to be proficient in the modern technology and be aware of the law aspects. Furthermore, managing ship operations will require them to be able to perform proper identification and neutralization of the threats and to conduct the risk management so that the correct decisions are made, optimizing the relevant costs and contributing to improvements in performance. Though the management of the ship operations is fundamental thing, to date there has been no books providing readers with the reconciled and compiled knowledge.

This edition of the book was released to fill in the aforementioned gap in the available literature, bringing together all knowledge gathered from the recognized experts. Their combined efforts have eventually resulted in the excellent reference guidebook intended for use by the employees of the maritime entities and to serve as a supplement when teaching the relevant marine programs.

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The main objective of the present publication at the time of its release was to acquaint students with the major rules and most common problem in marine navigation. It was expected to be of the practical use when carrying out their day to day activities on board vessels. The theory of navigation is presented using the short definitions. The whole experience of the author has been reflected in the pages of this volume.

Numerous problems of navigation have been covered. One of the remarkable features of this book is that the author made every effort to avoid digging too deep into the theory so that the reading and understanding the subject is easier to the people with no background. All of the terminology used in navigation has been covered and explained in detailed.

Moreover, the information has been presented in the way making it very reader-friendly – each of the articles deals with some particular topic. For example, there are articles on compass adjustments, ship’s business, arithmetic of navigation and o many others. This approach used by the author guaranteed the popularity to this book and this is the main reason why it is still used today, more than one century after it had been first published.

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During the analysis performed by the Standard Cub of his own claims exceeding two hundred thousand dollars it was found that many of the claims were caused by human error and were actually avoidable. The International Maritime Organization has been looking at a problem of safety management and pollution prevention for some time now.

Following the principles mapped out in ISO 9002, they have developed the Safety Management Code which sets out procedures and requirements for shipboard management. During the conference held in 1994 the Code became part of the SOLAS convention and has been since then applied to all shipping lines enforced by various ports and Flag states.

The Standard Club already requires its members to subscribe to some fairly basic operating procedures as a condition of membership, and believes that owners who do not comply with the ISM Code by the due date will find it difficult to obtain it. The Safety Management Code has the thirteen point philosophy, each point dealing with the specific component of safety management.

The ten main points refer to disclosure, company policy, commitment, decision making, written instructions, level of authority, logistical support, emergency procedures, compliance, and verification. The Company will need to define and document the lines of communications, the responsibility and authority of each employee, and the links between those involved in the safety management system...

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The official IMO release - International Grain Code. The provisions of the present Code are intended to replace the Chapter VI of SOLAS containing the regulations concerning the transportation of the grain in bulk form. The reason for such substitution was the growing need for implementation of the broader technical regulations to transportation of the goods posing the hazards to the vessels or their crews.

As a result, the decision was made by the IMO MSC to establish a new Code providing more general requirements and placing more detailed provisions on grain carriage. This volume consists of the IMO Res. MSC.23(59) followed by the Annex containing the Code itself and arranged in two parts addressing the specific requirements, general assumptions and calculation of the assumed heeling moments. The Appendix to the document contains the above mentioned Chapter VI of the SOLAS Convention which has been replaced by this Code.

Needless to say, one of the most important publication for the crew of any vessel involved in the sea transportation of the grain in bulk. The regulatory information provided in the volume will be very useful and shall be used as necessary also by the people conducting the inspections of such vessels, i.e. marine surveyors, port state authorities etc.

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A very small but very important and useful publication officially released by IMO. In fact, it is primarily aimed at seafarers. The booklet provides the necessary information which will be very helpful to the crew members or any other humans if they fall into the cold water or face the necessity to enter cold water in case of emergency situation.

The book also gives some required guidance to help the fist-aid providers to treat the people who have just been rescued from cold water. The booklet is examining all hazards associated with the exposure of a human to the cold. Such exposure may easily endanger life. In addition, this volume  gives some valuable advice basing on the very latest scientific and medical developments in the field of prevention or minimization of such dangers. Unfortunately, people still die at sea, and one of the reasons is a lack of this knowledge. Go through the information in this book and who knows, maybe the proper understanding of the content of the publication may someday save your (or someone else's) life.

The most important thing to understand and realize is that you shall not feel helpless to affect your survival when exposed to cold water condition. The book provides a good and detailed explanations of cold water hazards and effects they may have, and also lists the actions to take prior to abandoning the vessel, that may improve your chances to survive...

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