26.01.2020
BASIC TRAINING FOR LIQUEFIED GAS TANKER CARGO OPERATIONS — IMO MODEL COURSE 1.04

This is the official IMO Model Course No. 1.04 dealing with the basic training for the cargo operations carried out on board modern liquefied gas tankers. As this is the case with all other model courses, it is prepared in accordance with the STCW convention to meet the requirements of the A-V/1-2-1. First of all, the trainees will be given general information on the liquid gas tankers, their construction and general arrangement.

Then, they will proceed to the cargo operations, covering the onboard piping systems and associated valves, equipment used for the cargo handling, loading and unloading of the cargo as well as care during the transit, ESD, cleaning and purging of the cargo tanks etc. Since a good knowledge of the properties of the gases in definitely required for their safe handling, there is a separate chapter in the course addressing their characteristics and physical properties together with the temperature, pressure, generation of the electrostatic charge and chemical symbols.

Note that all above is only one of the parts included in this course. The publication will be extremely useful for all crew members of the tankers and particularly those directly involved in planning and performing the shipboard cargo operations.

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26.01.2020
NAVIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY

What is the actual purpose of the modern navy fleet and what types of the ships would this purpose require? The present publication is going to tackle those two questions through checking the latest technological and operational naval developments, covering the period since the time when the Cold War ended.

The book will provide interested readers with the general economic and political overview and address the most important naval operations; in addition to that, the author describes the composition of today’s fleets together with the design developments. The volume will provide a very thorough contextual analysis of the above mentioned period.

The main idea of the author was to explain how exactly the technological developments shaped the contemporary navy fleets. As we see, some of the navy fleets are rising and others are falling and this is quite a constant change taking place throughout the history.

The good strategic and operational overviews provided by the author are supplemented with the fleet analysis and information about the ongoing global trends in the field of design and construction of the navy vessels. The modern navy aviation has also been paid attention in this publication, so that the readers can have a full picture.

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25.01.2020
GUIDE ON MARINE TERMINAL FIRE PROTECTION AND EMERGENCY EVACUATION

The content of the present Guide was prepared and officially released by the OCIMF, the world recognized and respected Oil Companies International Marine Forum organization, in order to give the design considerations relating to the marine terminals in connection with the fire protection and associated evacuation of people in case of emergency.

In this document, the term marine terminal will include docks and piers as well as the sea land constructions normally utilized for the crude oil transfer plus transfer of the liquefied gas and different petroleum products. Note that the definition of terminal is limited to that defined by the ISGOTT and does not include pumping arrangements, onshore tanks and other facilities that are not directly located on the loading facilities.

The authors discuss the established good practices that shall be used as the foundation when assessing the aforementioned fire protection and evacuation arrangements at the terminals, including both existing terminals and those proposed for future construction. The guidance provided in the pages of this document are relating to the ISGOTT/Chapters 12, 13 and will therefore be of practical interest to all people in the industry.

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25.01.2020
BV RULES FOR CLASSIFICATION OF STEEL SHIPS CONSOLIDATED EDITION 2020

Check this latest release of the Bureau Veritas Rules for Classification of Steel Ships – note that this is the consolidated edition of the Rules featuring coverage of all relevant areas. The content of the document is arranged in six major sections. The first section, or Part A, provides introductory information on the classification of the ships and associated class surveys, while the second section is dealing with the ship’s hull and stability, including main principles applied to the design of the ships, design loads, scantlings and outfitting of the hull, strength, protection from corrosion etc.

The next section is covering such critical items as ship’s machinery, electrical arrangements, ship automation system and fire protection. The remaining three sections address the service notations assigned to the ships depending on their specific features, particularly ones for the OSV, i.e. offshore service vessels, and tug ships, as well as the additional classification notations that are assigned to the ship at the request of the owner and upon verification of compliance with the relevant sections of the Rules. A must-have publication on board all vessels classed by BV, one of the world leaders in the field of marine and offshore classification.

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25.01.2020
MODERN NAVIGATION

This is quite a specific and rare publication. The Modern Navigation textbook was written by one of the prominent experts in the field of marine navigation, Commodore Hastings. The exigencies of the World War disclosed a demarcation line between the methods of marine navigation used in the merchant and navy fleets.

The commanders of the navy vessels used to apply the Sumner, or St. Hilaire methods; however, the captains of the merchant fleet ships preferred to use the time sights. The content of the present publication mainly deals with the Sumner and St. Hilaire methods and reflects the theoretical knowledge and great practical experience of the author which he wanted to transfer to the students of marine navigation. The book starts with the examples in latitude, time sight and dead reckoning.

Then, there are two big sections dealing with each of the above mentioned methods. The book will be useful to the people with the deep interest in underlying concepts and fundamentals of the marine navigation as it contains the information that is quite difficult to find in the similar publications. Have a look into this book and you will get to know something new and interesting about the real marine navigation.

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24.01.2020
ADVANCED TRAINING FOR CHEMICAL TANKER CARGO OPERATIONS — MODEL COURSE 1.03

The main objective of the present training course is to provide the trainees with all required guidance to make sure they get duly qualified as per the STCW Code Sec. A-V/1-1 paragraph 3, taking into account the specific duties associated with the loading and discharging of the cargo as well as handling chemical cargoes during the transit. The course is made on the basis of the training program developed specifically for the crew members of the chemical carriers.

Due attention was paid to the safety on board chemical tankers, measures to be effected for the prevention of fires and pollution to the environment; the course also addresses the established safe practices for operation together with the all applicable regulations and rules. The competence requirements dictated by the STCW Code 1-1-3 have been covered.

The content of the program deals with the familiarization with the normally used equipment and controls you will find on the chemical tankers, proper planning techniques and use of the relevant check sheets, safe procedures, acquisition of the due experience to identify the problems and solve them, assistance with and coordination of the appropriate response measures in case of the emergency etc.

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24.01.2020
THE NAUTICAL ALMANAC 2020

This Nautical Almanac presents compilation of information generated by the software developed by the author, Enno Rodegerdts. A great number of tables produced by the program will serve as valuable instrument for the navigator. The accuracy of the data contained in these tables has been numerously checked and confirmed; however, it cannot be fully guaranteed so you would better use them as a supplementary tool.

The information contained in the Almanac includes yearly calendar and useful links to time signals, Bowditch - The American Practical Navigator, The Terrestrial Almanac, individual latitudes, and sight reduction forms and methods. Then we have couple of pages of useful formulas for determining Hc and Z using calculator, for calculating latitude using the Sun and others. After that and before proceeding to the main content of the Almanac, several pages of the book are devoted to the explanation of the information, Moon phases and conversion of Arc to Time.

We strongly recommend students of marine navigation to download this Almanac and use it as a training tool. The information carefully arranged by the author will definitely help them in their activities and also will be useful on board ships and boats when used as the additional navigational publication.

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24.01.2020
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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