27.01.2022
LEADERSHIP AND TEAMWORK — IMO MODEL COURSE 1.39

This is another IMO Model Course intended to be taken by the crew members willing to get better understanding of the leadership and teamwork. The main content of the course is arranged in eight sections, the first section is introductory and the eighth section provides conclusive remarks.

The trainees will start with getting the information about the shipboard management personnel and associated training, including the crew organization, cultural awareness, informal social structures that can be found on board ships, human error factor, shipboard training programs etc. after that they will proceed to the international maritime conventions, recommendations and associated national regulatory framework.

The ability of the personnel to apply the task and workload management properly is discussed in the next section of the course, including the coordination and planning, personal abilities and limitations, management styles, challenges, and other important aspects. The remaining sections of the course cover such the important areas as effective resource management, decision-making techniques to be applied, professional and personal development, and self-awareness.

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27.01.2022
VILLAINS OF ALL NATIONS — ATLANTIC PIRATES IN THE GOLDEN AGE

The content of the present volume by Marcus Rediker is intended to provide interested readers with a good insight to the so-called Golden Age of the piracy activities in the Atlantic area. You will know the truth and not what you are usually provided with in the pages of the most popular books and from the screens, where the piracy is actually romanticized.

The author tries to introduce readers to the Jolly Roger – the famous flag of the pirates of all times, as well as the famous figures of the past times. The story told by the author will show you how the old-time seafarers became pirates, what led them to change the occupation, what the reasons were and what the consequences were. In short, the book contains an excellent historical analysis of the above mentioned period, presenting a perfectly researched text.

The readers will benefit from the valuable information about the conditions that took place in the Atlantic of the eighteenth century and that eventually resulted in the splash of piracy activities there. The narrative is brilliant and it makes readers understand that the real piracy was, and still is, something different from what is told in the fiction books and shown in the movies.

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27.01.2022
DO IT YOURSELF YACHT IMPROVEMENTS

This is a very good book for the yacht and boat owners willing to make improvements to their craft. It is definitely extremely satisfying for the yachtsman to add something to the original construction of the yacht that would improve her qualities. The author of the volume has presented a nice collection of thoroughly selected an detailed instructions, supplemented with the informative sketches for constructing really workable alternatives to the equipment that would otherwise cost huge money.

The effectiveness of all of the tips contained in this book has already been proven since the associated items were tried and, of course, tested in the real life condition before sharing them with the readers. Many of the items dealt with are in the everyday use by many yacht owners. We can say that the information in this volume will be of a real practical interest to the people who like to apply the do-it-your-yourself concept.

Following the instructions given by the author will let them make their yachts and boats more efficient and in some sort unique. It is so practical that one would like to use the tips even if he or she does not possess a yacht right now – the tips are truly universal and this makes the book even more valuable.

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27.01.2022
OIL SPILL RESPONSE IN THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT

The main idea of the current publication was to let readers get better understanding of the marine environments as well as of the behavior of the hydrocarbons once they have been released onto the ocean surface; it also explores the different methods of proper response to the oil spills. The author has made significant efforts to reflect all trends and relevant levels of the oilfield development.

The fast growth of the economy of the countries straight after the completion of the Second World War has eventually resulted in the rapid rise of the maritime transportation of the oil and other raw materials; the offshore activities has considerably increased, too, which, of course, has led to the significant number of accidents and incidents, such as the groundings and collision, which, in turn, resulted in the oil spilled to the sea on the frequent basis.

The opening part of the volume covers the essential characteristics of the oils, while the second one deals with the chemical methods of treatment such as the cleansing, dispersion, chemical barriers etc. the mechanical responses have been dealt with in a separate chapter; note that after that the oil spill combating is discussed together with the contingency planning and associated limitations.

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27.01.2022
INTRODUCTION TO FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS AND DESIGN

The FEM is considered one of the best numerical methods used to solve the differential equations describing many various engineering problems. This new publication is covering the fundamental theory of the final element method including appendices on each program. The authors have introduced the concepts of this method enabling engineers to use it efficiently and also to properly interpret the obtained results.

They will learn all finite elements including one, two and three dimensional elements. The book is written excellently; the readers will definitely enjoy the examples provided in the book and illustrating the concepts. The book has been found to be among the best available resources to learn the FEM, suitable for the graduate and undergraduate levels.

The content is perfectly organized and procedures are well explained and illustrated. Some of the relevant programs including MATLAB and ANSYS have also been covered and provided with detailed explanations. This is highly recommended volume to the people willing to have a clear idea about the FEM and its applications and understand the fundamentals of this method to be able to apply it.

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27.01.2022
GLOBAL NAVIGATION SATELLITE SYSTEMS, INERTIAL NAVIGATION AND INTEGRATION

An excellent title for the industry readers; its content is addressing all of the covered topics in a practical manner  making the publication one of the best available ones for the people dealing with the integrated navigation solutions. With the information compiled and presented by the world recognized and respected authorities, the present release of this popular work will provide the practicing engineers as well as computer scientists and all other categories of interested readers with a required working familiarity of both theoretical basics and modern practical applications of the GNSS, INS and Kalman filters.

The authors have been focusing on the real life problems with the main emphasis being placed on the effective utilization of the contemporary integration techniques for the above listed systems, particularly Kalman filtering. The authors have explored the commonly occurring failures and various subtleties, together with the inherent theoretical limitations applying to the real situations, and also covered many practical problems including GBAS, SBAS, GNN-aided INS, modeling of the accelerometers and gyros etc.

The book contains all updates to the GNSS and other relevant systems being under development, features expanded coverage of the fundamental design principles for antenna and receiver, inertial navigation, math models and so many other topics.

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27.01.2022
SORENSEN'S GUIDE TO POWERBOATS

Sorensens Guide to Powerboats is intended as an aid for the prospective boat buyer and as a reference for the boatowner as well as the boating industry professional. The book is organized in two main sections: Part 1 explains powerboat design, construction, and performance. It has been updated to address advances in boat design and manufacturing, especially the discussions pertaining to propulsion systems (chapter 8). Part 2 surveys the market, describing specific boats in 27 different categories (e.g., pontoon boats, coastal fishing boats, and express cruisers).

A clear understanding of how a boat is designed and manufactured is critical to a buyer's ability to select the right boat. For example, if you understand why a pontoon boat is designed and manufactured the way it is, you will also understand why it would make an extremely poor choice as an offshore fishing boat. Because not all such comparisons are so obvious, part 1 explains the not-so-apparent differences between various hull configurations, materials and methods of construction, power plant options, bridge design choices, deck outfitting, interior accommodations, and other factors that determine a boat's suitability for its intended purpose.

With a working knowledge of these subjects as you shop for a boat, you will understand the reasons behind the manufacturer's choices in design and construction, and you'll be better able to determine how well that particular boat suits your needs. If you are already a boatowner, you will gain a deeper understanding of your boat's strengths and shortcomings.

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25.01.2022
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LIQUEFIED GAS CARRIER MANIFOLDS

The present document was released to provide the shipping industry with the professional recommendations relating to the arrangement and strength of the manifolds installed on the modern gas carriers, together with the associated fittings. The recommendations contained in this volume have been developed for both LPG and LNG, i.e. liquefied petroleum and natural gases, respectively.

There are seven chapters in this volume, starting with the introduction to the scope of the document and size categories, and followed by the positioning on the manifolds on both types of carriers. The protection from the spillage of cargo has been paid particular attention, including requirements to the height of the coaming, drainage, water curtain etc.

Then there are two chapters dealing with the design, specification and fittings of the manifolds, where you will have information about the carbon and stainless steel manifolds, distance pieces and flanges, spool pieces, reducers etc. you will need to be aware of the additional requirements and you can find them in the sixth chapter, while the closing one is devoted to the bunkering manifolds. There is also a good glossary provided for those not too familiar with the terminology used.

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