There were two main objectives which the author of this nice book did bear in mind when he was preparing it for release. Firstly, it was his attempt to define the main functions of a sea port in general; his second aim was  to explain to the readers how these functions were affected by the silent revolution that has taken place in the major ports of the world since 1945.

All ports are different and it was very difficult task to write a book that would set out every variation of port management and practice in a readable manner. Robert Oram set out the very basic principles applying to the majority of ports. As a result, this book is easy to read and understand and will definitely be considered a nice reference book for everyone involved in the shipping industry. All ports are different and their layout is determined by geographical factors. From the administrative point of view, ports differ even within the same country. You know, even if it was possible to prepare a publication that would set out in detail every variation of practice and management in the port, it would definitely be unreadable.

The author of this book used the alternative approach - he set out the very basic principles applicable to majority of the ports. As declared by him, this approach was used with the intention to make the book readable.

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The present Rules were initially formulated by the professionals team of the CCS with the intention of establishing proper ship energy efficiency system and ship energy efficiency database, and to fully satisfy the applicable requirements of ship operators, charterers, ship and cargo owners, port authorities, flag administrations; other parties that may be involved in the above stated process, shall also be taken into account.

Below you may find the brief contents of this official publication: General Requirements and Responsibilities; Ship Energy Efficiency Management System and Data Requirements; Energy Efficiency Certification; Energy Efficiency Audit; Cross reference between Energy Efficiency Management System Requirements and ISM Code, ISO 14001-2004, and ISO 9001-2008; Ship Energy Efficiency Data Forms; Audit Requirements of the Modification of SEEMC/CEEMC; CEEMC, SEEMC and SEEVC Formats; Notification of Invalidation of EEMC.

These Rules may be used not only by the class surveyors, owners, managers, operators and crew members of the vessels that are classed by the CCS; they might also be used by people who wish to have some better idea of all requirements/responsibilities that are associated with the energy efficiency and its relation with the environment protection as it is outlined in the Marpol Convention - such requirements are there for any class.

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We have a good chance today to offer you an excellent and remarkably interesting popular publication which was originally prepared by Haydn Middleton and which is telling readers a story about one of the most famous seamen in the maritime history. This nice book has been written in a very easy-to-read language, and that is why we would highly recommend it even to the children; moreover, there are numerous colourful illustrations supplementing the main text of the volume that will make it even more attractive to the junior readers.

Obviously and without any discussion, Captain Cook is one of the most prominent figures in the history and someone everyone should know about. One of the greatest explorers of the world ocean and adventurer, whose geographical explorations filled in the remaining vacant spaces on the world map. The fascinating way of telling the story will make this book one of the most favourite books in the collection of your kid; however, we are quite sure that you will love it yourself. An easy reading for the weekend or after a long day, just relax and let yourself get transferred a couple of centuries back, to the times of sea adventures, we promise you will not get disappointed.

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The CCS (standing for the Chinese Classification Society) Rules for Construction and Classification of Yachts published in 2012 consist of two big parts - the first part addresses yachts shorter than 24 m while the second one deals with larger yachts.

Each part has five principal chapters - general information, hull structure, machinery and electrical installations, and outfitting. In addition, in the last part some requirements for LPG power-driven yachts are listed. We would say that the publication contains literally all applicable Rules that are to be used during construction/commissioning of the yachts; of course, the Rules for surveys after constructions are also there in the Rulebook. The requirements for the compliance survey have been provided so that the inspectors are fully aware of the total scope of the inspections to be performed on board.

The information relating to the hull structure of the yacht includes three different materials. namely FRP, steel and aluminum. All yacht hull systems have also been addressed together with the shipboard machinery and electrical equipment and outfitting. Truly comprehensive reference book for new building and further maintenance of the yachts.

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These CCS Rules have been developed on the basis of the technical requirements outlines in the IGC Code, which was adopted by IMO MSC by Res. MSC.5(48) and amendments. The authors of the publication aimed it primarily for the vessels carrying liquefied gases and built in full compliance with the Chinese Class Society conditions of classification.

The complete text of the above mentioned IGC Code have been incorporated in the present CCS Rules together with the amendments and some additional paragraphs and interpretations. In case the vessel in question has not been authorized to be issued with the COF, i.e. Certificate of Fitness, all Rules and Flag Administration requirements must be complied with. As declared, the ultimate goal of this document was to provide people with the necessary technical info relating to the classification surveys during the construction and the operation of the ships carrying liquefied gases. The technical requirements that have been included in this rulebook will be of some interest for the crew members and owners of the ships classed with the other Societies, as well.

The Rules contain general provisions, classification and surveys, approval of relevant plans/documents of vessels, additional requirements applicable to the ship hull structures, etc. 

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The content of this booklet is arranged in two big parts - the first part provides necessary instructions for the carriage of the refrigerated cargoes and the second part is dedicated to the transportation of the frozen fish by reefers. The refrigerated cargoes are commonly perishable to some degree and their safe transportation mainly depends on maintaining the proper storage conditions in the course of the transportation.

This equally applies to all transportation modes and all refrigerated cargoes, though the conditions are considered much more critical for the long journeys and perishable commodities. These cargoes would normally include chilled and frozen goods, including fresh fruits/vegetables. The frozen goods generally will not suffer in case of over-cooling while chilled goods can easily get damaged by the low temperature. Successful transportation of the chilled and frozen goods seriously depends on the correct carriage instructions, defining the technical conditions for the transportation.

Should the carriage instructions be wrong, inadequate, incomplete or contradictory then the problems can definitely be expected, including the risk of cargo loss and subsequent claims. The way of stowing the cargo is also very important for the safe and successful transportation, however this volume is mainly concentrated on the carriage instructions themselves...

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The correct, satisfactory and adequate securing and stowage of the cargo are of critical importance for the overall safety of the ship's crew, the ship, and the cargo itself. If the cargo is not properly stowed and secured, taking into account the time of the year and the intended voyage, subject cargo may easily get shifted from its original position and start moving, potentially sustaining serious damage and also causing the damage to the vessel and even endanger the human lives.

The content of the present LP Guide is intended to take the readers through some fundamental practical rules that shall be remembered by all people involved in cargo operations during each loafing and securing of the cargo; it clearly describes where they can found all relevant rules and regulations, general industry recommendations and required guidance, as well as the recommended established methods that shall be used for specific cargo items; it also provides readers with the necessary guidance related to the points to remember during the planning of the passage and during the passage itself.

The authors of the volume has set out the fundamentals and give the references to the documents providing the rules to follow. The Guide contains lot of the useful information, e.g. relating to the calculation of the lashings, taken from the relevant Codes, but only those considered essential to make the text clearly understood...

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This is a basic publications released to introduce the beginners to the navigational tools and vocabulary as well as to the established and effective celestial navigation techniques. In the list of the recommended navigational instruments are the H. O. 259 tables which are in a very wide use among the amateur marine navigators owing to their simplicity and ease of use.

In fact, there are no pre-requisites for using this book - the readers are only expected to be able to read, add/subtract, understand the angles and know how to use the protractor. Al sailors will for sure enjoy this volume, regardless of their experience - the content of this classic book will definitely be equally useful and interesting to everyone from armchair-navigators to the racers and circumnavigators. The celestial navigation, i.e. steering by the stars is the art perfected by the seafarers of ancient Polynesia navigating over thousand years before Europeans.

The book covers all important aspects of celestial navigation, including required equipment, language and taking a sight, line of position and plotting it, fix, determining the latitude, moon and starts, three-star fix, start finding, polishing the celestial navigation skills etc. Three appendices presented at the end provide readers with the table of formulas, and list of abbreviations and symbols commonly used in celestial navigation.

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