According to the numerous reader reviews, this publication is maybe the most helpful when used by those involved in the selecting the cruising sailboats and their subsequent equipping. It will be useful and practical to both offshore and coastal cruisers who will find inside the valuable information relating to the most important aspects, carefully worked and presented by the recognized expert in the field.

The material contained in the book has been arranged in two big sections. The first section covers the tabular method commonly applied for evaluating the stability of the cruising boat to check if the boat in question is suitable for sailing’ in addition, it addresses several ideas for the arrangement and layout on the deck together with the practical tips on choosing and configuring the boat systems and installation of the associated gear.

The second section of the publication deals with the boat handling and navigational skills; the anchoring, mooring and weather understanding matters have been addressed. The book is going to show the readers how they should choose, equip, sail and navigate their boats, and as such shall be treated as an indispensable reference on board every single cruising boat.

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People need vessels and will always be connected with shipping. Nowadays, fuel is transported by sea and the oil tankers and LNG/LPG carriers provide necessary resources for generating energy feeding our homes. This is an absolutely excellent publication for those studying or interested in the shipping law. The container vessels transport different types of goods including food, while the reefers actively ship various raw materials.

The maritime shipping law is at the base of everything done in the industry starting from concluding the new construction contracts up to and including the fuel supplies to the working vessels, bills of lading, employment of the people to work on board and many others. That is why it is deservedly treated as the integral part of the life of any single human engaged in the shipping industry. This book starts with the chapter on the ship ownership, covering the property and legal titles, ship registration, jurisdiction and many other important aspects.

The legal aspects of charter-parties, time-charter and bareboat charter parties, and bills of lading are dealt with in the next three chapters. The remaining chapters address the major conventions governing the marine transportation of cargo, general average, collision, environment pollution, limitation of liability and other aspects.

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The content of the present field manual is mainly aimed at the people participating in responding to the oil spills. In fact the publication is a good collection of the selected rules of thumb together with the practical checklists providing easy access to the info required when preparing the response strategy. Please do not treat it as a substitute to formal training.

Also take into account that it deals with the spills that have a potential to reach water and does not cover spills occurring on land. The materials are arranged in fifteen sections, opening with the basin information on personnel responsibilities, response priorities, characteristics and behavior of oils etc. Then, there are two important sections covering the safety and health aspects, and communication and logistics. The surveillance and tracking matters have been addressed within a separate section.

The remaining portion of the volume covers such important things as the shoreline protection and treatment, booms, application of dispersants, skimmers and sorbents, waste management, rescue of the wildlife and others. The book concludes with the section on how the oil spill response shall be arranged in the cold regions.

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The publication provides seafarers and all other interested readers with a necessary practical guidance to the deck skills. The book starts with the chapter dedicated to the handling of ropes covering fiber rope and wire rope, tie of rope, splices for the three- and eight-strand and double braided rope, and of wires. The second chapter addresses the canvas works including tools, measuring and cutting, and sewing.

Third chapter of the Guide is dealing with the chipping and painting, including all associated safety equipment. Fourth chapter of the book provides the information on mooring and unmooring, covering the mooring line, anchor work, mooring to conventional buoy and to SBM, accommodation ladders and greasing the deck machinery. The fifth chapter titled Working Aloft covers the safety measures and boatswain's chair plus stage board.

Remaining three chapters of the Guide are dealing with the pilot ladder, including required arrangements for the pilot, emergent repair of these ladders, and making a ladder, repair works including ballast and cargo valves, emergency repairs to piping arrangements, air motors and facet plus door locks, and tools commonly used on deck - i.e. everything the crew members working on deck shall be aware of.

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Types of Shipboard Air Conditioning Systems

General Description and Definition

Air conditioning systems serve to modify the outside fresh air to improve the ship's interior environment. This is accomplished by heating, cooling, dehumidifying, and contaminant removal processes. These processes may be used singularly or in combination to achieve the required environmental conditions.

Air conditioning is used almost exclusively for living spaces such as staterooms, messrooms, offices, lounges, and other public areas. However, many items of electronic equipment must also be maintained at a controlled temperature and humidity. Conditioning of the air is accomplished by a cooling medium of chilled water or freon and a heating medium of steam, hot water or electricity and is designed to permit simultaneous heating and cooling as may be necessary to satisfy specified design conditions.

De-humidification or humidity control may be accomplished by cooling or through the use of desiccant dryers. Contaminant removal is accomplished by means of filtering, adsorption, electrostatic charging or absorption. The conditioned air is distributed to the spaces served by the same network of ducts used for space ventilation systems.

Centralized air conditioning systems may be generally categorized by function such as: Systems which provide a combination of heating and cooling, systems which provide cooling only, systems which provide heating only, and systems which provide dehumidification only.


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When working on the present publication, the main objective of the author was to adapt the contents for the students of naval architecture possessing a very basic knowledge of mathematics, at elementary level. That is the main reason why the book gained so much of popularity and was treated as one of the best volumes for the students of naval architecture who will find here all the information they need to conduct the general calculations, explained using commonly and easily applied rules and formulae.

Every effort was made by the author to get the main problems of stability calculations simplified, and this was done through dividing the all calculations in two groups – the calculations related to the ship hull; form and calculations related to the weight of the ship. In short, we can say that all important aspects have been covered in detail. The information contained in the pages of this classic volume is still valid and useful since it is based on the provisions of the theoretical calculations. It is highly recommended to all naval architects to have a good understanding of the underlying principles of all calculations associated with the ship design including but not limited to the ship stability.

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   The very latest consolidated edition of the most important IMO Convention. The main purpose of the Convention is, traditionally, to provide the maritime industry with a broad range of measures that have been specifically designed with the intention to improve the safety of human life at sea. Note that the SOLAS Convention is also the oldest one, with its initial released officially adopted more than a century ago, namely in 1914, following the famous tragedy - the sinking of the Titanic resulting in the loss of more than 1500 human lives.

   Since that time, the Convention has been re-issued four times in order to be in line with the technological developments happening in the shipping industry. The present volume contains the consolidated text of the Convention and it was prepared to provide readers with an easy and user-friendly reference to all requirements of this Convention that become applicable since July 2014. All amendments to the requirements that are in effect from July 2014 have also been covered in this volume.

   Again, there are twelve main chapters in the publication providing the general technical provisions, addressing the structure of the ship, it's subdivision and stability issues, machinery and shipboard electrical installations, fire protection, prevention and firefighting systems, equipment and arrangements, LSA, radio and navigation equipment, transportation of various types of cargoes including dangerous cargo, nuclear ships, safety management, certificates issues to the ships fully complying with the applicable requirements of the Convention, relevant documentation, list of the IMO resolutions and a wealth of other valuable regulatory information.

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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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