03.04.2019
ADVANCED TRAINING FOR OIL TANKER CARGO OPERATIONS — MODEL COURSE 1.02

The main purpose of the present IMO Model Course 1.02 is to provide the Masters and officers of oil tankers with the required training to enable them get better understanding of the shipboard cargo operations. The content will be equally useful to any other person on board assigned same responsibility for loading the oil cargo and its discharge as well as taking care of such cargo while in transit.

The cleaning of cargo tanks and other operations relates to cargo handling have also been paid serious attention. The volume addresses all important topics related to their duties on board including the safety matters - it is needless to say that the proper safety culture shall be established and maintained on board any ship at all times.

This includes monitoring of all shipboard cargo handling operations at all stages, checking and maintaining properties of the transported cargo, taking necessary preventive measures to avoid hazards, and of course application of the health and safety precautions.

Fire safety and pollution prevention measures are among the top important ones to consider. the trainees who have satisfactorily completed the course will be considered meeting the relevant training requirements as per the Reg. A-V/1.1/paragraph 2.2.

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03.04.2019
ATLAS OF OCEANS — EXPLORING THIS HIDDEN WORLD

The oceans of the world are still very mysterious places. The life within the oceans is still a sort of mystery. However, the world is paying due attention to the serious and continually increasing environmental problems beneath their waves - this shall be treated seriously by every single human. For so many years people believed that nothing could affect the life of the sea creatures since they are well beneath the waves.

Now we all come to understand that this is not a case, and the main reason for that is the human activity, not only increase in the human population but also such activities and maritime shipping, offshore exploration and production of oil and gas, and so many other activities directly or indirectly affecting the oceans. Have a look into this Atlas telling you about the oceans and seas of our planet.

It opens with some brief introduction which is followed by the chapters on the ocean geology and ocean life zones, endangered marine species, coastal and temperate waters, tropical, polar and open waters, etc. each of the oceans has been addressed separately. The glossary with the basic terms has been included. Note that we have some other publications like this one, namely Atlas A-Z - A Pocket Guide to the World Today, Lloyd's Maritime Atlas of World Ports and Shipping Places, and Atlas of Maritime History.

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01.04.2019
BASIC TRAINING FOR OIL AND CHEMICAL TANKER CARGO OPERATIONS — MODEL COURSE 1.01

This is the IMO Model Course No. 1.01 covering the basic training for the cargo operations conducted on board chemical and oil tankers. The course materials were prepared on the basis of the information developed and presented by Anglo-Eastern Maritime Centre. Trainees who have satisfactory completed this course will be considered fulfilling the mandatory requirements outlines in the STCW 1978 Convention, reg. V/1-1.

The course covers widely all topics related to the cargo equipment on the aforementioned types of vessels including all important safety aspects and fire safety measures together with the protection of the environment, established operational practice s and all legal obligations imposed by the relevant international regulations and other laws.

In addition to that, the content of the present course is covering various operational and support matters including but not limited to the shipboard risk assessment, shipboard within the frame of the ISM Code provisions and SMS procedures. Five parts of the course cover its framework and outline, detailed training syllabus, instructor's manual and evaluation. Four annexes provide additional materials, lessons plan etc.

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01.04.2019
TURKISH WATERS & CYRPUS PILOT

This is the ninth release of the world popular yachtmaster's guidebook to the Black Sea and Mediterranean coasts of Turkey covering the Cyprus islands as well. For centuries, Turkey has been treated as the important geographical (and also cultural) bridge connecting Europe to Asia. The information contained in the pages of this guide is covering the Turkish coast starting from Bosporus and up to the Cyprus and Syrian border.

A separate chapter has been included by the authors, covering the Black Sea coast. Since the time of the first edition of the book back in 2009, serious changes have taken place affecting the coast of Turkey. The number of Turkish-owned cruising yachts steadily grew. This eventually led to the improvement of the facilities, extending harbors ad construction of new marinas.

This release of the guide reflects all changes mentioned above and provide all necessary information about such developments. The text of the publication is completely revised and now includes numerous informative plans and detailed photos and aerial shots. The book is a truly essential reading for the people planning to conduct a sailing in Turkey and Cyprus. Download it and have on board your yacht.

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01.04.2019
HYBRID SHIP HULLS

The present book is devoted to the ships featuring hybrid hull construction. The publication was written to provide shipbuilders, ship designers and other categories of people engaged in the industry, with the latest technological developments in the field of constructing hulls from the hybrid materials.

The content of the book will tell readers about the most important differences in processing of construction materials and also about different structural behaviors - this information should be taken into consideration in order to maximize the performance of the ship.

The author has addressed the relevant engineering requirements that are normally specific to the hybrid structures fundamental to the optimization of the ship design. The content of the book is fully covering the basic aspects of methodology and techniques that are unavailable today fro any other sources; it provides the technical knowledge required to support the ship hull design and facilitate the reliability of manufacturing.

The MATLAB codes have also been dealt with to enable the engineers apply the methods that have been covered in the book easier and according to their engineering tasks. Particular focus has been made on heavy-duty applications including innovative ship design engineering solutions.

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31.03.2019
TRANSPORTATION — A SUPPLY CHAIN PERSPECTIVE

Nowadays, the transportation is considered one of the most important components of the international supply chain, and it is definitely among the most complex ones. The preset publication was prepared jointly by several recognized industry experts to deliver quite extensive coverage of the ongoing transportation trends, both global and domestic.

The authors made every effort to perform a deep analysis and help readers get a good understanding of the role and critical importance of the transportation in society and in the companies at all levels. They will also get to know the environment where the fundamental transportation services are normally provided.

Both domestic and international transportation systems have been covered together with the associated legal issues in order to provide readers with the easy-to-follow overview. Upon completion of reading the material presented in the pages of this volume, the readers will be duly equipped with all instruments required to cope with this rapidly changing field.

The book is a must one for the MBA classes in transportation management. According to the students, the content is easy to read and gives a really good introduction to the supply chain studies.

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28.03.2019
Helicopter Transportation Offshore

We recommend that you go through the content of this short article carefully as this information can be important when traveling to the offshore installation and back. It covers the very basic principles of safe transfer. Of course, the procedures vary from country to country and also different companies can have their policies in place so you must always adhere to them.

On an offshore rig, safe operating procedures and equipment are similar to those on land. Added safety considerations apply, however, involving transportation by helicopter, working over water, and drills of training for various emergency situations. Statistically, offshore drilling has a better safety record than land.

You must report to the heliport on time. Check in early with the dispatcher to see that each name is on the passenger list. Provide all requested information: name, weight (including baggage), company, and designation. Advise the dispatcher and pilot if any type of authorized hazardous material is being transported. Do not loiter around the dock or heliport area. Remain in the designated passenger area until the pilot or captain has given clearance to board. Never attempt to take alcohol, drugs, firearms, explosives, or flammables onto an offshore installation.

The pilot is in total command of the helicopter, passengers, and cargo. Follow instructions! A pilot can refuse passage to anyone thought to be undeHelicopter Transportation Offshore - 2r the influence of alcohol or drugs, or anyone who appears to be an unsafe passenger for any reason.

Hold lightweight articles like hats, jackets, or raincoats firmly to prevent their being sucked into the rotors. Carry long articles parallel to the deck, keeping them clear of the rotor blades.

Approach and depart aircraft from the front. Walk briskly but do not run. Avoid the area of the tail rotor and boom at all times. Approach or depart the helicopter in a crouched position, keeping will below the rotor tips. Be especially wary in high winds when the rotor blades may dip below six feet.

Do not store luggage until the pilot gives you instructions. This is important as wrongly stowed luggage can become an obstacle when leaving the helicopter in emergency.

When boarding or departing, step carefully on the proper footholds to avoid damage to the craft’s floats. Do not jump!

Helicopter Transportation Offshore - 3The pilot is concerned with load distribution; store baggage according to instructions and take the assigned seat. Fasten the seat belt and keep it fastened until told it is safe to remove it.

Inflatable life jackets should be worn during all over-water flights. Return the jacket to the storage area before departing the aircraft.

Before takeoff, each person should note the closest emergency exits, inflatable life rafts, fire extinguishers, or other emergency equipment. Advise the pilot of any problems with the equipment at once. Pay attention to the pilot’s preflight emergency briefing and follow instructions should an emergency occur.

Smoking is not allowed in or around the aircraft at any time.

Never throw anything from the helicopter. This could result in damage to the rotors and is absolutely forbidden at all times.

If hearing devices are provided, wear them as needed or instructed, to prevent any harm to the ears.

In an emergency situation remain in the seat with seatbelt fastened. Do not attempt to jump from the craft; await the pilot’s instructions. Do not inflate a life jacket or the inflatable life raft inside the cabin. Such action would hinder, or possibly prevent, a speedy, safe evacuation.

In this article we have covered the safety precautions to be taken when you travel offshore by the helicopter. However, and quite frequently, the transportation is done by means of the crew boat. Our next article will concentrate on what you shall do when traveling by boat.

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28.03.2019
THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO METAL BOATS — BUILDING, MAINTENANCE, AND REPAIR

Every single person involved in construction, purchase or renovation of the metal boats in any way will like this book. The boaters from all around the world consider it as a must-have publication providing a thorough professional overview of the boats made of steel as well as aluminum and alloys. The content was prepared by one of the respected designers of the small crafts.

The book will provide good explanations of all advantages offered by the metal boats. There are valuable tips included covering the process of purchasing the boat - you will know what shall be paid maximum attention. People dealing with the construction and repair of the metal boats will find useful information about new building and refurbishing the hulls, boat superstructures and decks.

In addition to that, the topics covered by the author also include boat engineering and prevention from corrosion, design of the boat's interior, all electrical systems installed on board metal boats, up to the fittings and appendages. This is a great book with very informative text supplemented with numerous illustrations and it should be recommended to any boat builder or boat owner who will benefit from the valuable advice.

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