10.07.2017
A GUIDE TO QUANTITATIVE RISK ASSESSMENT FOR OFFSHORE INSTALLATIONS

Production of both oil and gas offshore involves the most sophisticated engineering projects and is considered a prime source of income for many countries and commercial entities. It shall be noted that the risks of the major offshore accidents demonstrated by such the famous disasters such as the Piper Alpha, Alexander Kielland, Ocean Ranger and Sleipner A are also involved.

Subject accidents are representing the ultimate way in which the offshore engineering projects could go wrong. Among such accidents we would note the human death and suffering, environment pollution and commercial problems. The QRA, standing for the quantitative risk assessment, addressed in this publication, is a new technique cutting across the traditional divisions of engineering, applying to all of them. Most of the textbooks addressing this technique are relating to the fields on chemical/nuclear engineering and currently there is no any standard reference volumes that would provide the proper guidance on the offshore risk assessment.

The objective of this guide is to give an introduction to the QRA as applied to the offshore industry, aiming to introduce all most important aspects of the QRA and describing the good contemporary practice in offshore QRA, including selection of the data and more or less simple analytical techniques to be used...

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10.07.2017
A GUIDE TO PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL WELL-BEING OF SEAFARERS ON SHIPS

This publication by MarineInsight professionals will introduce the reader to the life at sea, show main reasons why the seafarers have to quit their sea jobs, teaches how to stay fit and focused at sea, tackle on board politics, deal with effects of hectic life and with difficult seafarers, how to cope with the lacks of social life and fatigue, and to improve interpersonal relationships with other crew members, explains professional mistakes done by seafarers, importance of shore leave, supplementing this all with general information on health.

We all know that working on board sea-going vessels requires completely different style of living. In fact, the seafarer's job is maybe one of the most interesting jobs since they travel so much, meet different new people from other countries and cultures, they have a chance of working on the technologically advanced floating structures etc - it is all very intriguing. The benefits of being a seafarer include opportunities to visit other countries, lucrative jobs, truly adventurous lifestyle, enhancing professionalism. However, there are also some disadvantages such as lack of social life, being away from the family for long periods of time, having to follow the onboard politics etc.

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10.07.2017
A GUIDE TO P&I COVER

The present official P&I Guide has peen specifically compiled and released to provide all interested parties with the discussion of the rules relating to the cover and law, prevention of the claims and sometimes handling of the claims. The original intention of the authors of this document was to serve as a reference paper for the insurance managers, to give them a proper explanation of the cover that is provided by the P&I Club; however, in the course of working on the content the authors have also concentrated on the control and prevention of claims.

The management heads of the Club were convinced that significant progress could be achieved and has been achieved in the reduction of the number of claims through explaining to the ship masters and officers all important lessons that the Club learnt from the investigations of the previous claims. Therefore this document is expected to prove of interest to the seafarers and, equally, to the shore-based staff of the members.

The content of the paper is divided into numerous chapters covering the liabilities of passengers and third parties, life salvage, crew claims, stevedores, pollution rules and tables, wreck removal, towage claims and other important aspects such as discharging appliances, collision rules, repatriation, contractual cover, exceptions and exclusions etc.

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10.07.2017
A GUIDE TO FISHING VESSEL STABILITY

As implied in the title of this booklet, it is dedicated to the stability of the fishing vessels. The stability of subject vessels is something people commonly depend on for both their lives and livelihood. Their actions and decisions they make is what keeps their ships safe. It shall be noted as necessary that even it is a very safe vessel complying with all requirements of the applicable rules, the wrong and poor decisions related to the operation can easily result in the loss of stability and even capsizing of the vessel.

The present guide is intended to help the crew members of the fishing vessels and all people sailing on them or involved in their design and construction properly understand the most important elements directly influencing the stability of the fishing vessels as well as the critically important hazards that subject vessels are commonly exposed to. Understanding all factors reducing stability of the vessels will help people in making right decisions and taking right actions to keep their vessels safe.

The main content of the booklet has been arranged in two big sections. While the first section of the title describes the whole importance of stability covering its basics, acting forces and characteristics, the second section has been fully dedicated to the stability hazards that the readers shall look out for, such as the downflooding, overloading, water ingress, and preventive measures...

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10.07.2017
A GLOSSARY OF ENGLISH GRAMMAR

Let us introduce a concise glossary of grammar terminology as well as expressions and words that are commonly used to describe the grammar. We should note that the author could have easily made the publication much bigger and intimidating. However, this would definitely take the author into dictionary making not glossary making, as it was intended; and, with the intention to avoid this, the author of the book has had to choose which of the terms are considered key ones and important enough to include in the glossary and, in turn, which terms could be excluded.

Apart from the glossary itself, the book includes a list of useful books relating to grammar supplemented with the suggestions for further research. The book was prepared by one of the most distinguishing expert grammarians in the world and provides basic and simple info on grammatical terminology. All definitions provided by the author are very concise and clear, making the book wonderful to use. The remarkable efforts made by the author, Geoffrey Leech, resulted in this publication presenting a huge number of useful terms.

The proper usage of such terminology can be a problem for the students and that is why there is a necessity for such sort of publication providing the accessible guidance with the focus made on the English language.

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10.07.2017
A GLOBAL UNION FOR GLOBAL WORKERS — COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND REGULATORY POLITICS IN MARITIME SHIPPING

Subject document was initially prepared and subsequently released to explain all interested readers the way how exactly the global unionism in the shipping industry did appear. Nathan Lillie - the author - argues that the industrial nature of shipping and, particularly, the inter-connected structure of the associated production chains did facilitate the total globalization of union bargaining, together with the trans-nationalization of the union structures.

And this has resulted in the global institutions of the collective bargaining as well as effective and active participation in regulatory politics. The present study uses a very broad variety of the reliable and well-respected sources plus effective analytical techniques, basing mainly on the numerous interviews made with several union officials plus other maritime industry people from the different countries.

The author of the title has combined the analytical traditions in international relations and industrial relations intending to demonstrate and explain how exactly the actors of industrial relations participate in global political arenas. Though the relationships existing there between the industrial relations and international areas might actually be a bit sharper and more obvious in shipping than elsewhere, subject interactions do have wide and, what shall be noted, constantly increasing importance in all other relevant sectors.

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10.07.2017
A FAST AND EXPLICIT METHOD FOR SIMULATING FLOODING AND SINKAGE SCENARIOS OF SHIPS

One of the main objectives of the present document is to develop a fast and stable plus reasonably accurate method of numerical simulation in order to revisit and predict the flooding scenarios. The author, Henrin Dankowski, has performed a good professional comparison with the results obtained in the course of the standard benchmark tests and repeated investigation of three accidents, namely the Estonia, the Heraklion and the European Gateway, for validation purpose.

The aim of the method presented in this volume was to fill the gap that exists there between relatively simple evaluations of ship stability and more complex and time consuming methods of simulation of the seakeeping. Subject method has been implemented in the software environment E4 specifically developed for ship design. Subject environment is providing users with the direct access to the complete vessel data model and to the computational algorithms that have already been implemented.

Calculations of the damage stability of a vessel at early stages of the design are considered essential indication of the vessel's safety level to withstanding the water ingress. Several accidents that have occurred in the past are demonstrating how important it is to consider the intermediate stages of flooding process and not only looking at the resulting final stage.

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10.07.2017
A CRUISING HANDBOOK — EVERYTHING WE LEARNED FROM A TO Z WHILE CRUISING ON CALLIPYGIA

The content of the present handbook is mainly based on the experience gained by the authors during their in total four-year voyages. The authors express their hope that the information included in the volume will be useful to the people interested in cruising. The book starts with the introductory part providing the general information about the basics of seamanship.

Then, the second chapter named "Starting-off", provides readers with necessary tips on buying a boat and also contains an article covering the cruising life in general. This one is followed by a "How to's" chapter giving the idea of anchoring activities, boat notes, book of lists, deck log and defect book, departure checklist and other relevant paperwork, nautical chart management, equipment instructions, maintenance schedule etc.

Remaining chapters of this interesting and fascinating book shed the light on various possible situations that the seamen may face at sea, including emergency situations, getting aground, fire on board, leaking hull, heavy weather conditions, rigging failures, crew overboard, steering failure etc. The book addresses the marine radio communications, navigation techniques and equipment used, fog and sound signals, medical emergencies, using radar and so many other important and useful topics that would definitely help any cruiser.

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