24.03.2020
THE SEAMAN'S HANDBOOK OF METEOROLOGY

The writing of this publication was entrusted to one of the prominent sea people of the past times, Commander Hepworth who put the whole treasure of his experience in the pages of this book in order to help the mariners of the future cover their practical demands in connection with the study of weather as applied to marine navigation.

There were several objectives, and one of them was to supply the seafaring community with the trustworthy information and knowledge about the weather, that could be used in any part of the world so that all seafarers could know what can be expected of the weather and use this knowledge for provision of the safety of their vessels. The author also wanted to enable the mariners to make the weather conditions favorable through making correct choice of the planned route, timing of the intended voyage and setting the course.

Another aim of the publication was to enable the mariners to make the best they could from the bad weather, i.e. make them duly prepared to any weather that they will experience throughout their professional life, when sailing on board different ships and in different parts of the world – needless to say that such preparation is of utmost importance.

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22.03.2020
GLOSSARY OF CARGO HANDLING TERMS

This is a very useful glossary providing any people involved in cargo handling with the good explanations of the basic terminology. The cargo handling process is a complicated process that would not permit simple definitions. That is why is it very important to know and understand all of the terms commonly used during the cargo handling activities.

All of the terms selected by the authors for inclusion on the glossary have been listed in alphabetical orders and accompanies with the brief but clear explanations. Having this book readily available at all times will allow avoiding any undesired situations that would otherwise be arising as a result of improperly used wording. There are some normally accepted variations in the use and meaning of some of the terms from one port to another, depending on the established and traditionally followed practices.

That is the main reason why it is not possible to list absolutely all terms in a single volume. There are so many processes involved in any cargo handling operation that come and go and the associated terminology changes from one generation of the professionals to another. Have a copy of the glossary available at all times as a good reference source.

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22.03.2020
ELEMENTARY FIRST AID — MODEL COURSE 1.13

The paragraph 2 of Section A-VI/2 of the STCW convention requires that all seafarers who are engaged or employed on board any vessel shall have successfully completed the basic training course in the elementary first aid before they can be assigned to their duties on board. This training shall be a part of any seafarer’s mandatory pre-sea course.

The course is intended to provide them with some essential preparedness for any hazardous and emergency situations they can face on their ship. The content of the training will enable them to take proper and timely action during the accident as well as medical emergency while they are waiting for the duly trained and professional person to arrive.

The main objective of the training is to get the trainees better familiarized with the accidents and injuries that commonly take place on board vessels together with the correct actions and established procedures to be applied in any particular situation. The trainees shall be able to conduct the proper assessment of the needs in any of the above stated situations. In addition to that, the training covers the essential instructions in personal hygiene and other important aspects and tips of healthy living.

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22.03.2020
Types of the Shipboard Ventilation Systems

The interior environment aboard ship is controlled to provide an atmosphere which is agreeable to the operating personnel, machinery and equipment, cargo and ship stores, and passengers. The environment may be modified by means of ventilation, heating, cooling, and dehumidification or by any combination of these means. Additionally, the elements of noise and vibration must be controlled. The means of controlling these environmental factors must be as reliable, simple, and maintenance free as practical, consistent with the desired results.

Ventilation is the process used to provide fresh outside air to various spaces within the ship. The air is distributed by means of a duct network and suitable weather openings in the ship's envelope. The type of ventilation used depends upon the nature of the space and the service of the ship. The fresh air may be supplied by natural draft or mechanical means and is provided for the removal of heat, noxious or explosive vapors, and to assure an adequate supply of oxygen to personnel. The quantity of air required for each space ventilated is determined by heat transfer or empirical calculations.

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21.03.2020
FUNDAMENTALS OF DRILLING ENGINEERING

Here is the classic reference title intended to be of great practical use for the drilling engineers. The content of the book has been prepared by Stefan Miska and Robert Mitchell, two world recognized experts, applying a very technical approach when compiling the content. As a result of their combined efforts, the book is not difficult to read and the materials contained will be easy to understand even to the beginners; the illustrations and very informative.

We should still note that this is not the best choice for the absolute beginners and the readers are expected to have at least some minimal knowledge in the field. The title of the book says it all. The publication is full of very useful technical information and equations to be used by the practicing drilling engineers.

We would definitely recommend the present title to all people working in the drilling industry and looking for a good and comprehensive technical reference book. The content of the volume has been organized in a pretty sensible fashion and is easy to search. The crystal-clear pictures and informative data diagrams are supplementing the main text part of the book. It is a technical volume ideal for the specialists with moderate engineering experience.

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21.03.2020
THE NATURE OF BOATS — INSIGHTS AND ESOTERICA FOR THE NATURALLY OBSESSED

Most of the people who love boats and boating do suffer from the so called boat noodling which is actually just checking why the others’ boats are faster than yours. This is what exactly the content of the present publication is intended to help you with. The book was written by the professional naval architect who has provided the readers with a sort of antidote and a great reference tool that shall be used to get better and deeper understanding of how the boat ticks.

You will find here absolutely everything you would like to know about the boats, the coverage includes all types of boats, such as the powerboats, sailboats, cruising boats, dinghy boats, racing yachts, up to and including the megayachts. The text is presented in a nontechnical style making it readable and understandable to anyone.

The author has explained all aspects considered important to the boat owners, with all information presented in a clear and reader-friendly way. The book will be interested to all people willing to learn more about the boats and dreaming about having one. Studying this volume is the best ways to become better sailor, ready to handle any situation safely, professionally and effectively. Start here and you will succeed.

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21.03.2020
SHIP HYDROSTATICS AND STABILITY — A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH

People have always benefited from the sea and its resources. For thousands of years the sea has serves as the source of food for them. In addition and with the course of time, sea has become one of the ways for transporting goods. Today, the marine transportation is considered a primary means of transportation. There are many different types of ships and offshore structures at sea, including both fixed and mobile installations.

All of them shall be designed and constructed in a way that will provide the safety of the people on board, and this is what the naval architecture is there for. The present publication covers one of the most important aspects, namely hydrostatics and stability of the ships. The content has been written having all readers in mind, including those with relatively limited technical and naval architecture background, and that is why the very basic terminology was used.

When working with this book the readers will get to know how to perform the essential calculations and have better understanding of the essential instruments that are in common use when performing the stability assessment of the ships. The content is very easy to follow and all of the material has been presented in a remarkably systematic way.

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21.03.2020
Marine Transportation of Liquid Cargo — Transport System Elements

It is important that the naval architect recognize certain considerations which determine whether the vessel will be efficient in the trade for which intended. Two major elements are the economic factors governing the cargo, and the operating cycle of the ship when engaged in physical movement of the cargo.

Economy of Scale

Surface increases as the square and volume as the cube. Hence the cargo deadweight increases faster than the hull light weight. Further, it requires about the same personnel to move a large ship from point to point as a small one. These considerations of efficiency have promoted the growth of large bulk carriers. As an indicator of the economies to be realized, the Required Freight Rate (RFR), which is the ability to move a ton of cargo without profit, is often used.

However, there are some practical factors which militate against a continued upward growth in the size of vessels. It is necessary to examine the origin and destination of the substance being transported, and as well the route that will be followed between. Vessels of great draft are obviously limited in the ports they can visit and sometimes in the waterways they can traverse.

It was the stimulus of the closing of the Suez Canal in 1956, precluding the use of the relatively shallow Mediterranean Sea as a passage and forcing the much longer distances round the Cape of Good Hope, which provoked the idea of moving great quantities per ship the long distance from the Persian Gulf to northern Europe. At the destination, faced with the limited draft of most northern European ports, it was necessary to transfer into smaller vessels to complete the distribution process.

 

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