25.07.2020
IMO SMCP — STANDARD MARINE COMMUNICATION PHRASES

The SMCP was has been compiled with these major - the first and maybe the most important one was to provide required input in the navigational safety and provide assistance when standardizing the language commonly used during the communication in the course of the navigation at sea and also at the approaches to the ports, in harbors and waterways when the vessels are manned with multilingual crews; another purpose was to provide assistance to the maritime training entities in meeting all objectives stated above.

These communication phrases should not actually be intended to contradict or supplant the COLREG or any other special local recommendations or IMO Rules, neither are they expected to supersede the ICS; it should apply in full compliance with all relevant procedures that have been set out in the ITU Radio Regulations.

Moreover, it shall not be treated as a technical manual providing any operational instructions. We would recommend to use the publication as often as practically possible in preference to any other words or phrases of similar meaning. The accompanying CD (to be installed from included pack of files) is designed to familiarize people with the pronunciation.

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25.07.2020
CODE OF SAFE PRACTICE FOR CARGO STOWAGE AND SECURING

The official 2011 edition of the CSS Code, including the revised guidelines for the preparation of the CSM (Cargo Securing Manual). The correct securing and stowage of the cargo transported on board ships is of the critical importance for the safety of the vessel and the crew at sea.

Wrong stowage or securing of the cargo has already resulted in so many casualties, causing numerous injuries and deaths - and some of them happened not at sea but also ashore, at the terminals, in the course of the loading and discharge operations. In the attempt to reduce the number and significance of hazards and problems that arise from the improper securing and storage of the cargoes on vessels, the IMO has released the Guidelines that may be either in the form of Assembly resolutions, or in the form of circulars adopted by MSC...

The purpose of this CSS Code is to provide the workers of the shipping industry with the recognized international standard in order to further promote the safe stowage/securing of the transported cargoes by drawing due attention of ship operators and owners to the need to ensure that the vessel really suits for the purpose, and by providing practical instructions on how to make sure that the vessel has been equipped with all required means of securing cargo...

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14.07.2020
Offshore Supply - Dealing with Deck Cargo

Safe and successful deck cargo operations depend on everyone having a good awareness of safety. This includes the deck crew, the personnel on the bridge and the installation. Measures must be taken to minimize the hazards of any dangerous goods; the wearing of the correct PPE is essential in all loading and discharging operations. Where a color coding system is in operation for slings, the vessel should check that all slings are of correct color. The vessel will need to check that each installations cargoes are loaded together. Loads must be placed to make working with them offshore as safe and practical as possible. There must be no need to climbing on cargo units offshore.

During loading the officer on deck should check the tops of all cargo items to make certain that no loose objects, such as spanners, have been left there. The doors and lids of all cargo items must be closed and secured. Open top baskets and containers need to be checked to ensure that the contents are safely stowed and secured. Casing and drill pipes need special attention. TheyOffshore Supply - Dealing with Deck Cargo - 2 are usually loaded between deck posts and the vessels trash rail. Ideally, all these items should be capped. This is to protect the threads of pipes and stop seawater getting inside casings. Failure to do this can lead to stability problems due to the free surface effect of water inside the casings.

Where cargo is in racks, the vessel should check that all items in the rack are secured. Bolts can become loose. Dangerous goods, such as the gas cylinders, helicopter fuel, explosives and radioactive isotopes must be stowed away from accommodation with the correct separation in accordance with the provisions of the IMDG Code or national legislation. Good secure stowage is important for all cargoes as water on the deck can cause them to move. It is especially important for hazardous cargo. Different sectors have different weather working limitations. Once instructions have been received, the weather must be monitored. On a way to the installation, the lashings of the cargo should be checked from time to time, if it is safe to do so, especially if there is a lot of water on deck.

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14.07.2020
SHIP HYDROSTATICS AND STABILITY

The hydrostatic approach applied to the problem of ship stability intends to find a due balance of the idealized weight of the ship and buoyancy forces acting on the hull. The present textbook may be treated as a complete guide book to be used by the students and even professionals willing to get better understanding of the ship hydrostatics in the design and performance of the vessels.

The author of the volume is bringing the readers from the first fundamental principles through both basic and applied theory of hydrostatics and ship stability, and he is also introducing the modern and newly presented mathematical techniques used for hydrostatic modeling and analysis. Numerous real-life examples have been included in the book to show the practical application of the hydrostatics and explain the theory and calculations; they will also help to demonstrate the effects of the shifting weights and displacements of the central gravity on the overall stability of the vessel.

 

 

The content of the book addresses all recent developments in naval architecture, for example the Matthieu effect relating to the parametric resonance, influence of the ship lines, effects of nonlinear ship motions on stability, and the international regulations governing the stability of the small vessels with the extensive use contemporary computer techniques...

 

 

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14.07.2020
MOORING OF SHIPS TO PIERS AND WHARVES

This manual is expected to provide the ship designer, shipbuilders and all personnel involved in ship operation with the technical knowledge and guidance required to properly determine the design practices for the safe mooring of their vessel at the wharves and fixed piers in sea ports and harbors.

The huge and technically complex vessels of today featuring significant wind exposure and deep drafts are posing serious mooring challenges to the masters, ship designers and pilots. the mooring incidents, should they occur, are commonly very costly - such incidents have already emphasized the demand for much better understanding of the fundamental mooring design principles.

 

 

     It should be noted that none of the existing standards or construction codes specifically address the design of the mooring/berthing facilities. The present manual is aimed to give the required background in order to make sure that the designed mooring structures are technically sound and reliable, i.e. to assure that they will provide a safe berth for the ships.

 

 

The content of the Manual covers such important topics as the basic design requirements, various operational considerations, mooring principles, fender systems, hardware and fittings, equipment, maintenance issues, forces acting on the vessel and many other important aspects.

 

 

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12.07.2020
THE OPERATIONAL USE OF ELECTRONIC CHART DISPLAY AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS — MODEL COURSE 1.27

The ECDIS systems that are in common use today offer so many practical benefits if you compare this to the “old school”, i.e. conventional means of marine navigation. That is why the introduction of these systems is deservedly considered a great step forward on the way to the safer ship navigation. Now they are replacing the regular paper printed navigation charts on many vessels and this process is ongoing.

The subject systems are getting able to provide navigators with the commonly used functions and the developers keep adding new functions. The ECDIS are quire complex and technically sophisticated systems including numerous components such as the specific software, sensors, hardware, data etc. The navigators shall pay due attention to the working principles and arrangement of the system in order to avoid any malfunctioning that could lead to serious consequences.

That is the main reason for developing the present IMO Model Course which is intended to provide trainees with all information they need to know when operating the systems to make sure they will navigate with no danger to their own ship and to the other ships and marine environment. Have a good look in the content of this course and you will definitely improve your knowledge of ECDIS-aided navigation.

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12.07.2020
DIESEL ENGINES FOR SHIP PROPULSION AND POWER PLANTS

Kees Kuiken, who is the recognized expert and author of this two volume set of books, has aimed it to the people who are directly involved in the engineering, operation and due maintenance of the marine diesel engines as well to all students of marine engineering and ship construction, and even to the enthusiasts of marine engineering. Note that it will also serve as a very useful tool for the manufacturers of the diesel engines and associated machinery.

We all know that the diesel engines play a vital role in society's life and they are deservedly considered indispensable for the shipping industry. The approach applied by the author implied inclusion of all relevant technical information relating to the construction of the diesel engines, materials used, classification of the engines in categories, their maintenance and repair, and everyday use. The author has paid so much attention to the graphic material supplementing the text. This was done to help readers to gain the insight.

 

 

We can say that the book covers literally everything, e.g. efficiency and energy losses occurring in the diesel engines, engine types, fuel oils and injection systems, cooling and lubrication of the diesel engines, driving gears, starting arrangements and air supply, engine speed control, noise and vibration issues, and so many other aspects.

 

 

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12.07.2020
ROBOTIC SAILING 2014 — PROCEEDINGS OF THE 7TH INTERNATIONAL ROBOTIC SAILING CONFERENCE

The publication contains the proceedings of the Seventh Conference on Robotic Sailing which was held in 2014; the volume includes numerous interesting works presented by the researchers from all around the world relating to both future and current challenges in the development of the various autonomous sailboats.

The autonomous sailing robots are the boats that only use the wind force for propelling with neither any actual human assistance nor any sort of remote control. The type of sailing in question offers the great potential of long-term and range autonomous solar, wind- and wave-propelled devices that are also carbon neutral. Such devices would greatly contribute to the monitoring of various important data, for example ecological, hydrographic, environmental conditions and other. Moreover, such robots could also be utilized for monitoring the traffic, assistance, surveillance, security plus rescue purposes.

However, they are still very dependent on the wind and sea conditions that are subject to the rapid change, and this is what in fact presents a serious challenge for the route planning, control of stability and avoidance of possible collisions. We recommend to treat the book as a definitely interesting and also quite informative publication for every robotic sailing enthusiast willing to be kept updated with the very latest technological developments and advances in the subject field.

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