Cargo Handling

01.03.2021
CARGO WORK AND MAINTENANCE

An excellent publication that will be greatly appreciated by the people assigned cargo handling related responsibilities on board seagoing ships. The content of the document presents a perfectly selected collection of the most important topics for the cargo work as well as the ship operations. Written by the professional ship captain, the publication starts with the chapter devoted to the bulk carrier operations where all important aspects have been covered and necessary information provided.

Here the readers will also find the useful ship/shore safety checklist to be used during the cargo operations, procedure for the draught survey, etc. the second chapter addresses the grain loading together with the associated calculations including the cleaning of the cargo holds, the hazard of shifting cargo within them, planning of loading, heeling moments, compensation for the vertical shifting of the center of gravity, and other information critical for the safe transportation of the grain cargo by sea.

The marine carriage of timber is the topic of the third chapter of the document, giving the main provisions of the Code of safe practice for the vessels engaged in transportation of the timber deck cargo. All of the cargo lifting appliances normally used on board ship have been covered in detail.

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20.02.2021
BULK CARRIER MANUAL

As we know, every bulk carrier shall be in possession of the designated shipboard manual covering the ship operations. For this purpose, the “Bulk Carrier Practice” publication officially released by The Nautical Institute shall be used as necessary. The notes that are contained in the pages of this supplementary document will be particularly useful when applied as a sort of additional manual for the crew, providing the guidelines to the safe and proper procedures to be followed when conducting the shipboard operations, including the cargo operations, ballasting/de-ballasting, and cleaning the holds.

You are encouraged to keep both of the above mentioned documents on board your vessel at all times to ensure their availability. The present manual shall also be read together with the safety manual of the company. The first chapters of the manual provide the introductory notes and the definitions of the terms used, followed with the information about the ballasting operations, loading and discharge, draught surveys, hatch covers etc. After that, the information on the cargoes is provided, covering the alumina and coal, grain and sulphur, ore and iron, and many other types of cargo commonly carried on board modern bulk carriers.

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21.01.2021
CODE OF SAFE PRACTICE FOR CARGO STOWAGE AND SECURING

The official 2011 edition of the CSS Code, including the revised guidelines for the preparation of the CSM (Cargo Securing Manual). The correct securing and stowage of the cargo transported on board ships is of the critical importance for the safety of the vessel and the crew at sea.

Wrong stowage or securing of the cargo has already resulted in so many casualties, causing numerous injuries and deaths - and some of them happened not at sea but also ashore, at the terminals, in the course of the loading and discharge operations. In the attempt to reduce the number and significance of hazards and problems that arise from the improper securing and storage of the cargoes on vessels, the IMO has released the Guidelines that may be either in the form of Assembly resolutions, or in the form of circulars adopted by MSC...

The purpose of this CSS Code is to provide the workers of the shipping industry with the recognized international standard in order to further promote the safe stowage/securing of the transported cargoes by drawing due attention of ship operators and owners to the need to ensure that the vessel really suits for the purpose, and by providing practical instructions on how to make sure that the vessel has been equipped with all required means of securing cargo...

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17.08.2020
THE CARRIAGE OF DANGEROUS GOODS BY SEA

Today, the number and amount of the dangerous cargoes carried by sea is increases every year. The newly established international technical standards have been adopted as an obvious result of the serious worldwide concern with the transportation risk which is posed by the significantly increased frequency of transportation events. In addition to all stated above, the environmental awareness and recent concern with financial implication of marine casualties resulted in the new regulations of compensation and liability.

The maritime transportation of such goods focuses mostly on damage or loss of cargoes. For sure, there are so many popular books, technical articles and discussions on this matter; however, the issue of damage or loss from the goods has always been paid little to no attention. The six major chapters of this book address the regulations related to the carriage of the dangerous goods, meaning of such goods, duties of all parties involved in the cargo transportation, their liabilities and rights, limitation of liability and insurance, and 3rd-party liability for the damage that is arising from the marine transportation of HNS, i.e. hazardous and noxious substances.

 

 

The history of marine transportation of dangerous cargoes is very old and the dangers involved have grown with the development of new technologies and with the passage of time...

 

 

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14.08.2020
CRUDE OIL TANKER BASICS

The crude oil is maybe the most important cargo of those transported by sea over the last century. It provides people with the energy necessary to drive virtually everything. The present book was written by Captain P. Armitage with the ultimate intention to serve as a mandatory training for the second officers willing to move up to the position of Chief Officer - in fact it will be useful to every single ship officer working on a tanker and standing a cargo watch.

The content of this volume is covering absolutely everything starting from the fundamentals of the crude oil chemistry and up to the economics of today's oil market. Loading and discharge operations are deservedly treated as the critically important activities. When carrying out loading and discharge of the shipboard cargo, the accidents may seriously compromise the safety of the crew members, the ship herself as well as the environment.

Well developed and carefully reviewed plans supplemented with the standing instructions and established emergency procedures will significantly contribute to the success of the cargo operations and provide additional flexibility to the commercial operators. This volume puts decades of the practical experience into a quite concise format which is technical but still reader friendly. A copy of this book shall be in the library of every tanker officer for easy and ready reference at all times.

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11.08.2020
CONTAINER TERMINALS AND CARGO SYSTEMS

This publication with quite self-explanatory title prepared by the duet of authors, namely Kap Hwan Kim and Hans-Otto Gunther, presents the latest insights and most successful solutions to the operational problems related to the auto cargo systems and container terminals.

   It comprises a number of reports addressing the situation in the container shipping industry of today, different applications of the various quantitative methods, simulation results and various case studies. The authors have divided this useful publication into three main parts - the first part is introductory while the other two parts are dedicated to the container terminals and cargo systems. Today, the logistics and cargo transportation involve the computer-based simulation and various optimization techniques, playing truly invaluable roles in analyzing the design and operation options.

 

 

  The authors made a good attempt to focus on such important matters as the design issues, operations management and logistics control as applied to the seaport container terminals. As the result, this publication may provide readers with a perfect overview of the latest developments in these areas and shall be used as the resource for those looking for the effective scientific solutions to the existing problems as well as by the researchers trying to reveal the potential problems...

 

 

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16.05.2020
SHIP TO SHIP TRANSFERS — CONSIDERATIONS APPLICABLE TO REVERSE LIGHTERING OPERATIONS

The present publication developed and officially reversed by one of the most respected entities in the modern international maritime shipping industry, will provide all necessary instructions for the ship-to-ship, or STS, operations including valuable guidelines related to the reverse lightering, or topping-off. This is the operation where a laden ship, which would usually be an Aframax or Suezmax tanker, is being brought close to the partially laden vessel, normally ULCC or VLCC to transfer the cargo from smaller vessel to a larger one.

This is what differs the reverse lightering from the other ship to ship transfer operation where the maneuvering ship is ballasted. It is very important to pay all due attention to the fender selection as it becomes critical for the provision of the safety of STS operations. In addition to that, all aspects shall be thoroughly considered including, but not limited to the stand-off distances and energy absorption.

The publication is quite compact but it contains all necessary information. First two sections are covering the procedures to be followed when selecting the fender, and characteristics of the energy absorption by the fender. Three other sections are dealing with the approach velocities, availability of the equipment used in the course of the operations, and stand-off distances mentioned above.

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15.05.2020
GLOSSARY OF CARGO HANDLING TERMS

This is a very useful glossary providing any people involved in cargo handling with the good explanations of the basic terminology. The cargo handling process is a complicated process that would not permit simple definitions. That is why is it very important to know and understand all of the terms commonly used during the cargo handling activities.

All of the terms selected by the authors for inclusion on the glossary have been listed in alphabetical orders and accompanies with the brief but clear explanations. Having this book readily available at all times will allow avoiding any undesired situations that would otherwise be arising as a result of improperly used wording. There are some normally accepted variations in the use and meaning of some of the terms from one port to another, depending on the established and traditionally followed practices.

That is the main reason why it is not possible to list absolutely all terms in a single volume. There are so many processes involved in any cargo handling operation that come and go and the associated terminology changes from one generation of the professionals to another. Have a copy of the glossary available at all times as a good reference source.

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