This is the official release of the IMO SAR Convention, i.e. the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue, which was initially adopted more that forty years ago in the course of the international conference on this subject, held in Hamburg. The main declared objective of the convention was and still remains the improvement of the existing arrangements in this field as well as provision of the effective framework for those involved in SAR operations that normally follow the accidents occurred at sea.

Many countries of the world have developed their own plan for these emergencies; however, that was the very first time when the international procedures were adopted. The current document will provide readers with the official text of the revised edition of the Search and Rescue Convention taking into account the further amendments which followed within the Res. MSC.155(78).

The publication is a real must-have one for all people willing to be updated with the regulatory framework for the modern SAR operations and maritime shipping industry in general. The organization and co-ordination of the operations have been addressed in detail together with the operating procedures and ship reporting systems.

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For decades, the present publication has been widely used by the students and practicing ship navigators and is still considered one of the best classic textbook covering the essentials of marine navigation. According to the reviews provided by hundreds readers, the publication laid bare all the mysteries of the navigation with a sure touch. The approach to presenting the material used by the author made the content easily understandable even to the newcomers and people with no experience.

All important aspects are thoroughly covered. The readers will find all information in the pages of this volume, perfectly collected and presented. The author took into account absolutely all stumbling blocks and, in presenting the material, moved from the simple basics of navigation to the more complex problems with each of the steps explained in detail.

The book will be of great use to the people willing to refresh their theoretical knowledge of the basics of celestial navigation and also get to know some practical tips that have proven effective. We do recommend this publication to every person interested in the marine navigation, including both theoretical and practical aspects of it.

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It can be quite boring and uninteresting to consume food from the tins when at sea every day and that is why the main intention of the author of this publication is to provide ship cooks with the book they could use to prepare food on board, including delicious meals that will be appreciated by all crew members. This small reference book is full of valuable advice and instructions for those in need to feed a crew.

Numerous practical tips carefully selected by the author and supplemented with the interesting tricks and guidelines from the professional with huge experience. The contents of the book covers all areas considered important for the cook, including preparing food whilst in harbor and underway, storage of the food, equipment commonly found on the galleys and detailed instructions on their use, planning activities, baking bread and using pressure cookers.

Even speed cooking has been covered as it can be applied in many cases. You will find information about different foods that would normally be available in particular geographical regions and different climates. There are so many pictures to make sure that the readers understand the instructions and can follow them better to ensure excellent result.

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This is a very good publication on the electronic navigation means. The introductory part of the volume gives some brief insight to the world of the modern navigation. The second chapter is dealing with the DECCA navigator which is a navigation system commonly used for fixing the position through measuring the phase difference existing between the CW signals that are transmitted by two stations, i.e. slave and master.

The third chapter addresses the Loran-C long-range position fixing system, measuring the time differences between master and secondary pulses. The GPS and echo sounders are dealt with in the separate chapters, same as with the Doppler log and rate of turn indicator. The readers will find valuable information on the auto-pilots as well as the newly introduced and widely implemented ECDIS.

The last two chapters of the publication are devoted to the integrated navigation systems and gyro compasses. The book will be of great help for the students of the maritime colleges as well as to the practicing ship navigators who are in need to refresh their theoretical knowledge of the subject – they will definitely appreciate the material contained in the book and the way it is presented and explained.

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Have a look into this excellent set made of two books – A Non-technical Overview and Operations and Practices. The process of preparing these volumes started some decades ago. The first book is actually dealing with the hardware of the petroleum industry, i.e. the vessels serving the industry including so-called OSVs – offshore supply and offshore support vessels, together with their technical characteristics and operations.

The division applied by the author made it possible for the readers to easily select which of the shipping industry aspects is interesting to them. The contemporary tanker business is driven by the logistics. The demand for the oil tankers depends on where exactly the hydrocarbons are consumed; addition to that, the location where the crude oil is produced and refines, is also important.

The material contained in the present book is arranged in twelve separate chapters providing the introduction to the offshore shipping industry and giving valuable insight to the modern tankers, refinery operations, design and operation of the tankers, oil pollution prevention and associated liability, LPG market and many other areas. Some good historical background has been provided by the author so that the readers have a full and clear picture of how the industry developed through years.

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The second prepared having non-technical people in mind. Unlike the first volume, A Non-technical Overview, which was dealing with the hardware of the industry, this one is a continuation and here the author focuses on the software. The content of the publication addresses such critically important areas as the ship operations and relevant international regulations governing them, financial matters, shipbrokerage, ship chartering etc.

There are sixteen chapters in this volume. The opening one is dealing with the shipbrokerage including organization of the activities, cargo brokerage, and consultancy and research services. The next chapter is devoted to the S&P for the new construction projects and for the ships in operation. The following two chapters deal with the single voyage and time charters, and then we will move to the ship operations including all major international conventions, standards, rules and established practices.

Oil pollution prevention is addressed in a separate chapter. In addition, Flag State and Port State Control are also covered together with the Classification Societies. Particular attention has been paid to the operating costs which have been dealt with in detail.

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The types, sizes, functions and arrangement of the modern merchant fleet vessels vary considerably. Among these vessels there are passenger vessels, cargo vessels and vessels of specialized types suitable for the particular assignments. This is how the first chapter of this book starts – here the reader will get the basic information about the types of ships and terminology used.

Then, the author proceeds to the explanation of the stresses normally encountered in the different ship structures as well as the materials used for ship construction and welding aspects. Each part of the ship’s hull has been addressed in detail, from the bottom and up to the main deck and superstructure. There is a separate chapter in this volume solely devoted to the freeboard and tonnage, including freeboard assignment, the major provisions of the Tonnage convention and all relevant rules and regulations that shall be taken into consideration when developing the design of any ship.

The author has also dealt with the shipboard lifesaving appliances and arrangements, structural fire protection, ship classification, hull vibration, ship dynamics, insulation of the ships, prevention of corrosion to the hull including cathodic protection, painting, anti-fouling, drydocking activities and many other areas.

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FRAMO AS is located in Bergen, Norway and has long tradition as the leading supplier of the submerged cargo pumps to the world’s tanker market. FRAMO research and development department is working continuously upgrading the pump design to meet the all latest internationally recognized regulations and standards. Before you enter the cargo tank to service the pump, always close the hydro-pressure inlet valve, purge the cofferdam and familiarize yourself with the ship’s safety rules.

Also pick up the number of standard tools you will need for the service job from the FRAMO toolbox. Before you start the service job, study the cargo pump service manual carefully, description and drawings. We will now show you how to dismantle new cargo pump SD 125-5/SD 150-5. Sequence number one - dismantling the impeller and wear rings…

As you can see, these very detailed and informative video lessons prepared and officially released by FRAMO can be used both for training of the students and newcomers to the vessel, as well as for the practicing and experienced marine engineers who want to refresh their knowledge of the pumps and get a bit more technical information about these particular pumping arrangements.

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