30.04.2020
MARPOL ANNEX VI AND NTC 2008 WITH GUIDELINES FOR IMPLEMENTATION 2017 EDITION

One of the most important regulatory publications developed and released by IMO. The sixth annex to the MARPOL convention relate to the prevention of the ship-source air pollution and covers the requirements applicable to the emissions to air and energy efficiency.

The 2008 NOx Technical Code supplements the Annex VI and contains the requirements fox control of the NOx, i.e. nitrogen oxides - the provisions of the Code apply to the testing and surveys as well as to the certification of the shipboard diesel engines.

The current release of publication contains the Guidelines together with the other info relating to the application of the Annex VI and the Code, including EGCS, standing for the exhaust gas cleaning systems, selective catalytic reduction systems, and energy efficiency matters.

The document was released to be used by the maritime authorities and recognized organizations, class societies and ship owners, ship builders, manufacturers of the equipment installed on board ships, educational entities etc.

The opening part of the Annex VI provides general information while its four main chapters address the survey and certification, means of control, energy efficiency and emission control, and means of verification of compliance with the requirements contained in the pages of the Annex VI to MARPOL. Absolutely must-have publication for all categories of maritime industry professionals mentioned above.

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30.04.2020
IAMSAR MANUAL 2019 EDITION

This is a full set, all three parts of the officially released IAMSAR Manual. The primary declared purpose of these publications is to provide the States with the assistance they require to meet their SAR needs as well as to meet all obligations that these States have accepted under relevant international conventions. The Manual will provide readers with the technical guidance for both maritime and aviation approach to the organization and provision of the search-and-rescue services.

Each of the parts making this Manual has been prepared with particular SAR system - note that they can easily be used as standalone documents. Alternatively, the provisions contained in these volumes can be applied in conjunction with the other parts. You may need to have only one, two or all three volumes readily available and this will depend on the duties you have been assigned. The first volume contains six major chapters covering the general system concepts and main components, training and qualification requirements, system management, communication matters, and ways to improve services.

The second volume is devoted to mission co-ordination including the SAR system, initial and awareness action, operations and techniques involved, emergency assistance, general guidance for the aircraft SAR operations etc. Finally, the last volume is dealing with the mobile facilities and will give readers the information about the rendering assistance and on-board emergencies, coordination of the operations and other important aspects.

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30.04.2020
GUIDELINES FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF MARPOL ANNEX V

The officially released guidelines to be used for the implementation of the requirements contained in the Annex V to the MARPOL convention. The documents has several objectives, and the main objective is to assist the states in developing the domestic laws and regulations implementing Annex V and enacting them; it will also provide required assistance to the ship owners and operators, crew members and manufacturers of the equipment willing to reach compliance with the requirements that have been set forth in subject Annex.

In addition, the volume will help port/terminal operators providing reception facilities for the garbage commonly generated on board vessels. The content of the guidebook is arranged in several parts. The guidelines for implementation of the Annex itself is the first part while the second part provides instructions for the development of shipboard garbage management plans.

The next part contains the regulations for garbage pollution prevention including definitions and applications, general prohibitions, information about special areas, special requirements applicable to the fixes/floating offshore installations, exceptions, PSC on operational requirements, placards, record keeping etc. In short, everything related to the prevention of marine pollution by shipboard garbage is covered.

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25.04.2020
VESSEL COLLISION CASE STUDIES

This is a good collection made of the four real-life vessel collision case studies. The training set shall be used as a good supplementary visual tool when learning the essentials of the ship collision prevention. Each of the cases included in the set has been provided with the very detailed and understandable explanation. Moreover, when performing the analysis of the situations that led to the incidents, reference was made to the relevant provisions of the applicable rules and regulations, such as the COLREG

The incident happened in the Gulf of Mexico in an area south of Louisiana. The incident occurred at night, in good visibility and moderate weather. Two ships, a bulk carrier E and a tanker J were both proceeding outbound at full sea speed and heading of 180 degrees. Additionally, a lash carrier A was proceeding inbound at full sea speed and heading of 326 degrees toward the south-west sea buoy. At a time of twelve minutes before collision, ship A observed the red side light and mast head lights of the two vessels and ship E observed green lights and mast head lights of ship A on a bearing of forty degrees port side. The vessels were in a crossing situation. Meanwhile, ship J has overtaken ship E on her own starboard side….

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31.03.2020
THE GUIDELINES ON CYBER SECURITY ONBOARD SHIPS

Nowadays, the vessels and the whole international maritime shipping industry is very vulnerable to a new threat – the cyber-attacks, considered serious since they can possibly affect all critical systems on any vessel. That is why we shall all be aware of this sort of hazard and make sure that both the crew members and supporting shore-based personnel are duly prepared to protect the ship against it.

The present publication was developed by the industry professionals in order to establish the due awareness of the important safety aspects and also make people familiarized with the security and commercial risks commonly presenting because of the wrong or non-timely measures taken. It is highly recommended for all people engaged in the industry to go through the content of this volume to make sure they can better protect the shipboard computer systems and all associated equipment from the outside impact.

Seven chapters of the book cover such aspects of cyber-security as safety management, identification of threats and vulnerabilities, assessment of the risk, contingency planning, response to the incidents, and development of the detection/protection measures. Four appendixes provide additional information and include a glossary of terms.

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31.03.2020
Operation and Maintenance of Shipboard Hatch Covers

Hatch covers play a vital role in ensuring that the ship is in fact both seaworthy and cargo-worthy. In a recent study it was found that more than forty percent of all dry bulk cargo insurance claims are directly due to leaking hatch covers and some ships lost at sea under certain circumstances are suspected to have taken water on board in heavy weather due to badly maintained hatch covers. It is very important that the officers and crew are fully aware of the significance of operating the hatch covers correctly and safely.

If costly losses are to be avoided, it is essential that the personnel responsible for operating such equipment must be familiar with its use. Incorrect use and inadequate maintenance will result in a rapid deterioration of hatch cover metal-to-metal contacts, compression bars, rubber seals, particularly cross joint seals, leaving a cargo hold unprotected against the ingress of water. A little water will ruin the cargo; a lot of water can badly affect the stability of the ship which could lead to the loss of lives and the vessel.

We are going to look at the folding type hatch covers and the side rolling hatch covers. The principles of safe Oper. and Maint. of Shipb. Hatch Covers 2operation and correct maintenance are fortunately common for most systems. Prior to opening, the chains should be inspected to ensure they are of the same length at each side of hatch cover. The wheels should also be inspected and lubricated to ensure that they will run freely and without obstruction. This applies equally to eccentric wheels whose function is to support the hatch covers after lifting from their closed position prior to opening.

In the case of hydraulically operated folding covers the hydraulic system should also be inspected for leaking and damaged pipes and joints. The hydraulic oil must be kept spotlessly clean at all times. With rack-and-pinion operated systems the gear should be free of dirt and well lubricated. The system must be in good order throughout to achieve both correct opening and closing. In the case of chain or wire-operated systems, the correct tension should be checked.

 

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30.03.2020
SEAMANSHIP NOTES

This is a great reference and one of the most popular and successful books on seamanship. Most of the fundamental knowledge can be obtained from this brilliant book, presented in a clear and understandable format. The contents of the volume will help trainees preparing for their officer of the watch examinations. It is mainly a collection of the carefully selected crib sheet containing the essential information specifically designed to help students and cadets jog their memory.

The practicing mariners, in turn, will benefit from the bullet point style format of the volume. There are three main sections in the book. The first section deals with the navigation, covering all relevant topics from voyage planning and up to the heavy weather sailing.

The second section of the book addresses the response to emergencies, including actions to be taken in the event of collision, flooding and grounding incidents, equipment in use, pyrotechnics, lifesaving appliances and everything else you will need to be aware of in such cases. The closing section covers the shipboard operations including all associated regulatory framework, such as the ISM and ISPS Codes, MARPOL and STCW Conventions, IALA buoyage systems etc.

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28.03.2020
SEAMANSHIP TRAINING MANUAL

These useful and practical notes have been compiled in order to provide required assistance to the cadets and ship staff in need for the readily available reference source as applied to the official training syllabus. There are eleven chapters in this book covering absolutely everything they should know. The opening chapter is dealing with the general sea terminology for the parts of the ship and navigation.

The second chapter will tell you about the general ropework including different types of the ropes, their construction and characteristics. The next two chapters address the bends and hitches commonly used on the ships together with the whipping and splicing techniques. Once the trainees have been familiarized with the above information, they can proceed to the fifth chapter dealing with the rigging.

The sail making and decorative sail work and basic boat work have been covered in the next four chapters. The last two chapters of the volume are devoted to the chartwork and navigation. Some of the supplementary information is contained in the four appendixes, where the readers will find some additional info about the rigging equipment an regulatory framework, such as the COLREG.

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