02.10.2019
LIFE—SAVING APPLIANCES INCLUDING LSA CODE 2017 EDITION

The latest official edition of one of the most important IMO publications - Lifesaving Appliances including LSA Code. The content of this regulatory document has been significantly released and updated in order to reflect all technical developments and experience gained for the past years, since the time when the previous edition of the book was released.

Traditionally, the publication opens with a short foreword followed by the International LSA Code with the content arranged in seven chapter covering general requirements applicable to LSA, personal LSA, visual signals, survival craft, rescue boats, launching/embarkation appliances and other LSA. The next part of the book contains the requirements for testing and evaluation of LSA including prototype tests, production and installation tests and three appendices with supplementary information.

The Code of practices for the evaluation, testing and acceptance of prototype novel LSA and arrangements has also been included. As you know, the LSA Code is mandated by Res. MSC.47(66) under SOLAS Reg. III/3.10. the content of this document is a must-know for every crew member and is one of the publications that shall be carried on the navigation bridge of every vessel.

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02.10.2019
MARPOL CONSOLIDATED EDITION 2017

The latest edition of the major IMO convention dealing with the prevention of marine pollution concerned with the protection on the marine environment. The main technical content of the present convention has been arranged in six big Annexes. Note that the five of them, i.e. Annexes from I (oil pollution prevention) to V (garbage pollution prevention) were adopted by MARPOL 1973 as further modified by a 1978 Protocol. The last sixth Annex was adopted by a Protocol which followed in 1997 covering the air pollution prevention.

In general, all annexes together cover the prevention of pollution of marine environment by oil, by NLS, standing for the noxious liquid substances carried in bulk, by harmful substances carried in packaged form, by sewage and garbage from ships, and air pollution. Needless to say that this is one of the most important publications to be carried on board any vessel to which present convention applies.

It is a must-have document for the port state control officers and marine surveyors checking the vessel for compliance with the requirements of convention, for the crew members responsible for keeping the vessel compliance, and for the ship designers and builders who shall have clear understanding of the convention in order to design a vessel that would meet all applicable requirements.

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02.10.2019
SOLAS CONSOLIDATED EDITION 2014

   The very latest consolidated edition of the most important IMO Convention. The main purpose of the Convention is, traditionally, to provide the maritime industry with a broad range of measures that have been specifically designed with the intention to improve the safety of human life at sea. Note that the SOLAS Convention is also the oldest one, with its initial released officially adopted more than a century ago, namely in 1914, following the famous tragedy - the sinking of the Titanic resulting in the loss of more than 1500 human lives.

   Since that time, the Convention has been re-issued four times in order to be in line with the technological developments happening in the shipping industry. The present volume contains the consolidated text of the Convention and it was prepared to provide readers with an easy and user-friendly reference to all requirements of this Convention that become applicable since July 2014. All amendments to the requirements that are in effect from July 2014 have also been covered in this volume.

   Again, there are twelve main chapters in the publication providing the general technical provisions, addressing the structure of the ship, it's subdivision and stability issues, machinery and shipboard electrical installations, fire protection, prevention and firefighting systems, equipment and arrangements, LSA, radio and navigation equipment, transportation of various types of cargoes including dangerous cargo, nuclear ships, safety management, certificates issues to the ships fully complying with the applicable requirements of the Convention, relevant documentation, list of the IMO resolutions and a wealth of other valuable regulatory information.

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01.10.2019
FSS CODE — INTERNATIONAL CODE FOR FIRE SAFETY SYSTEMS — 2015 EDITION

The FSS Code has been officially adopted by the MSC at it's 73rd session in December 2000 with the aim to provide the maritime industry with the international technical standards relating to the fire safety systems and associated equipment that are required by SOLAS.

The present Code is mandatory under the amendments to SOLAS. The volume contains the required engineering specifications relating to the fire safety arrangements and all equipment concerning the fixed gas-, water-spraying, foam and water mist fire extinguishing systems on ships, sample extraction smoke detection systems on tankers, portable powder, gas and other fire extinguishers of all sizes, PPE, i.e. personal protection equipment, international shore connection, inert gas systems, automatic sprinkler systems, low-location lighting systems, fire detectors, fixed alarm systems, main and emergency fire pumps, means of escape, deck foam systems, fixed hydrocarbons gas detection systems etc.

In addition, the present edition of the FSS Code includes all relevant resolutions of the IMO and also all circulars. The publication is there in the list of mandatory papers that shall be carried on board any ships falling under SOLAS. All information that has been included in the book will be very useful for any crew member dealing with the operation of the above listed equipment or its maintenance.

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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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