14.07.2017
ALERT — ISSUE 2 — HUMAN FACTORS

We are continuing the Human Element series with this second issue of the Alert! project, which is developed by the Nautical Institute and sponsored by the Lloyd Register, with the declared aim of it being the improvement of the awareness of the human element in the maritime industry as well as any other adjacent industry. In this release the team of authors intends to address such important matters, as the class societies' view on the issues related to the human element; Some thoughts from the sharp end - an article by the chief engineer working on the OSV and sharing his experience; Improving the application of the COLREGs (IMO Collision Prevention Regulations); Exploring Human Factors - Person - Job - Organization & Management; ISM Code and Port State Control matters; I am Afloat; Accident Investigation Reports; Various investigation reports and case studies.

Some thoughts have been shared by the expert on the container vessels, cargoes and the human element involved. Particular attention has been paid by the authors to the impact of the International Safety Management Code on marine practices and its general relevance. We have supplemented the publication with this short yet interesting and informative video film for better illustration of the articles.

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14.07.2017
ALERT — ISSUE 9 — OPERATIONS

The ninth issue of the International Maritime HE Bulletin sponsored by LR and published by the Nautical Institute. This issue is dedicated to the actual ship operations at sea and to the human element involved. Among the topics discussed there are stress experienced at sea, crew claims and P&I Club's perspectives, vital importance of the communication skills to safe operations, good working practices. It is clear and obvious that no ship in the world can run without a crew on board that ship, that is the reason why it is very important to consider people who are going to be operating the ship that you are designing and building.

There are so many different and complex systems installed on any vessel for various purposes - for sure, all of them are complying with the very strict standards and installed as per allowable tolerances. However, their reliability and efficiency may be undermined in case their set-up is incorrect or if they are not monitored and maintained properly, the way they should be, and these tasks are undertaken by the human element of any system, so we are talking about seafarers... As usual, there are also some news and incident reports, and a short supplementary video film.

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14.07.2017
ADVANCES IN COASTAL MODELING

The present volume is intended to unify and enhance the accessibility of the modern scholarly researches relating to the advances in the field of coastal modeling. A wide spectrum of the innovative models is addressing the whole diversity and all different aspects of these researches together with the dynamics and responses of the coastal systems and subsystems.

The chapters of the book have been prepared by the coastal experts from different countries in order to provide readers with the valuable technical insights of the developments and contemporary knowledge of the models considered essential for proper understanding and prediction of the dynamics. Among the features of the present publication we would underline the encompassing and very impressive presentation of the operational/functional models for all people with the interest in professional modeling of the oceans, seas and coasts.

The content of the volume also includes the chapters focusing on the shore lines and beaches modeling, in addition to the dynamic processes of waves and flows, currents and transport of sediments. The main scope of the publication has been strengthened with supplementary chapters that concentrate of the major effects that the coastal structures have on the near-shore flows, coastal pollution and eco-modeling and other relevant information.

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14.07.2017
ADVANCES IN COASTAL AND OCEAN ENGINEERING

Most of the planet's surface is covered by the ocean waters. Many of the important aspects of our day-to-day activities may easily be affected by the waves in one of another way. And sometimes the waves can result in disasters, such as the tsunami occurred in the Indian Ocean some years ago. This demonstrate how critical it is for the people to thoroughly understand the ocean waves paying particular attention to the large waves.

One of the ways to get to this understanding is to conduct the numerical simulation on the basis of the non-linear theory. There have been several serious researches in this field in the past decades by the development of the different numerical methods and their application to the emerging problems; however, there has been no comprehensive volume that would reflect those advances. This book should bridge the subject gap. It consists of the eighteen self-contained chapters worked out by more than fifty professional authors from twelve different countries, with most of the authors being the world recognized experts in the field.

The content of each chapter is mainly based on the researches conducted by the authors. Altogether the chapters of the book are dealing with the literally all numerical methods currently employed to the simulation of the non-linear water waves, covering most of the interesting and important applications.

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14.07.2017
IMPA MARINE STORES GUIDE 6TH EDITION

Here is the sixth release of the world known reference guide used to order the items commonly used on board marine vessels - maybe the most popular in the marine industry. The present guide has been specifically designed to be equally easily understood by and friendly to the people belonging to the different cultures and different native language, and one of the aims of the document is to promote the business between all such people.

The items contained within this volume have all been coded and supplemented with the informative illustrations for their easier identification between the crew members, owner of the ship and suppliers. Needless to say that the Guide is the absolutely must have item for any ship supplier. Note that the person dealing with the ordering of the products, shall clearly specify the code number, description of the product, unit and, finally, the quantity to be ordered, to avoid any sort of misunderstandings.

Traditionally, IMPA Guide is deservedly considered the marine industry standard for the ship supply chain. This sixth edition includes more than three thousand new codes bringing the total number of the products to well above forty thousand. The ever-growing content of the publication has been aligned with all relevant technological advances. Numerous completely new lines were added in order to duly reflect the changing demands of the shipping industry. In short, this is an invaluable reference source for all players of the commercial shipping.

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13.07.2017
ADVANCED VIBRATION ANALYSIS

An excellent title delineating a comprehensive theory and providing the foundation required to build a good math basis to perform the analysis of a model of a physical systems under vibration. The volume is illustrating how exactly the physics of the problem in question is utilized for the development of the more specific analytical framework.

The author of this volume has elucidated a general basic theory which would apply to continuous/discrete systems and also includes proofs of the important results, particularly ones instructive for the proper understanding of the result. The volume starts with the discussion of the physics of systems consisting of the particles and rigid/deformable bodies together with the physics and math for analysis of the single freedom degree systems.

He has also illustrated the analysis and development of the linear operations commonly used in solving numerous problems and formulating the equations that do govern the responses of the non-linear systems in terms of different operators. The author has also paid particular attention to the free response of the above mentioned systems and non-self-adjoin systems and explored the proven and effective methods of the correct determination of the forced response plus the approximate solutions methods for continuous systems.​

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13.07.2017
ADVANCED MARINE ELECTRICS AND ELECTRONICS TROUBLESHOOTING: A MANUAL FOR BOATOWNERS AND MARINE TECHNICIANS

Here is an excellent manual for the boat owners and marine technicians prepared by Ed Sherman. The declared intention of the author, who is the senior writer of the American Boat & Yacht Council, was to provide readers with necessary knowledge on the proper troubleshooting of the modern complex electrical systems installed on boats and protect such electronic installation from the interference.

The readers of this book will also get to know how to eliminate various charging and starting problems, and how to track down the wide range of wiring, grounding, bonding, and corrosion problems. We would treat it as the top notch for every advance amateur electrical do-it-yourself boater. Though it is not too big and thick, this book is densely packed and full of valuable technical information related to the corrosion, RFI, electrical leakage and other important issues requiring the immediate attention of the persons handling and maintaining the boat. It features very good and high-quality graphics and images.

It is not actually a primer on electronics but rather perfect textbook for those who have some fundamental understanding of electricity. Do not miss this one - you know, boats always have some electrical issues and you' better get prepared to fix them yourself.

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13.07.2017
ADMIRALTY GUIDE TO THE PRACTICAL USE OF ENCS

The main purpose of the present publication was to assist all navigators to acquire and further maintain a higher level of knowledge relating to the content and use of the electronic navigation charts in ECDIS. The content of the volume is expected to supplement and reinforce the elements of the ECDIS training addressing the use of navigation chart data together with the interpretation.

Note that the book is not intended to replace any of the requirements for the professional training outlined in the IMO Model Course of the Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention. The whole process of navigating using the ECDIS fundamentally differs from the regular navigation by means of the paper charts. The ECDIS present the mariners with highly flexible displays offering a serious increase in the safety and situational awareness. Such equipment should actually allow for more time for the watchkeepers to properly maintain visual watch.

Note, however, that in case the navigators do not have a full understanding of the ECDIS display and settings, they can easily misinterpret the chart displays and this can result in the safety of the ship compromised. This publication shall also be included in the list of the documents that are to be on the shelf of any mariner and on the navigation bridge of any vessel equipped with the ECDIS, for training and reference purposes.

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