23.05.2020
SAFE CONTAINER OPERATIONS

Containerization has revolutionized the shipping of cargo. It is estimated that some eighty million containers make over two hundred million trips a year, carrying about ninety percent of today’s bulk cargoes. It means more than four hundred million container handling operations done in a year’s time in nearly all ports around the planet. As for the ships that carry them, they are now capable of transporting thousands of containers.

However, there are many issues involved in marine transportation of the containerized cargo, and also the competition in the field is great. In turn, this means that already tight schedules are becoming even tighter, bigger ships carrying more and more containers on board; however, there are now fewer people on board to deal with handling those thousands of containers.

The nature of the container business is very complicated, for example in many cases the stowage plan of the vessel considers loading in one continent and discharging in another part of the world. There are more and more people in the shipping process and an increasing lack of familiarity with the process itself.

These days, the reality is that the ships cannot always be sure exactly what cargo they are carrying or how it is placed and secured within the container. Every year there are containers badly stowed, containers damaged and leaking, lost overboard and even fires and explosions; and, the worst of all, there is loss of lives and damage to the marine environment…

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21.08.2018
LNG CARRIER — CHS — CARGO HANDLING SIMULATOR

Handling of the liquid chemical goods is deservedly considered technically complex and demanding operation taking into account a huge number of complex elements that are normally involved in the process. People, when dealing with cargo handling shall take into consideration such important factors as technical, commercial, environmental and of course requirements. Failure to do so may eventually result in catastrophic consequences.

That is the reason why the personnel engaged in these operation is under considerable pressure. The main purpose of the present cargo handling simulator is to provide trainees with an effective instrument giving a very realistic replication of the typical liquid natural gas/chemical handling system and it's dynamic behavior in particular. By using this training simulator the trainees will be given an excellent opportunity to acquire all necessary technical knowledge of the cargo handling without any risk.

The software is in exe format making it very easy to use. Clear of any malware. No registration or payment required. Note that the pack contains the power point presentation of the simulator, supplemented with the exhaustive user's manual. A very recommended one for the crew members of the LNG and chemical carriers.

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27.05.2018
THE IMDG CODE VIDEO TRAINING

The main learning objective of this short video is to examine the contents of the IMDG Code together with its Supplement leading to a due understanding of their practical application.

The content is mainly based on 2008 edition of the Code incorporating Amdt. 34-08 and Supplement. The IMDG Code is an internationally recognized official agreement governing the maritime transportation of various dangerous cargoes.

Many sections of the subject Code are considered applicable to people working ashore and cover the documentation, cargo packaging and handling and other relevant activities.

The senior officers of the ships engaged in transportation of the dangerous goods by sea as well as the management staff supporting them from the shore, shall have a thorough understanding of the provisions of the Code since they will be obliged to follow the instructions provided in the pages of this regulatory document during cargo loading and discharge, proper arrangements of the activities, paperwork involved and other aspects.

The basic knowledge of the content of the Code will help make sure that the seafarers will perform all assigned duties better. Note that the majority of the problems associated with transportation of the dangerous cargoes are actually not the fault of the crew members...

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25.11.2017
SAFE CARGO STOWAGE & SECURING

Everyone in the shipping industry is well aware of the fact that inadequate or improper securing and stowage of the cargo can be a really major problem. This may eventually put human lives under risk and may also result in the damage to the vessel, environment and cargo. In turn, lost or damaged cargo will lead to the insurance claims.

However, most of the cargo losses could be avoided provided that greater care is taken at the time or loading and securing cargo. The present training video is intended to stress how important it is to ensure that all cargo has been stowed and secured properly before the vessel sets out to sea. In many ports of the world this is done by stevedores; however, the ship's officers shall have a clear understanding of all methods and techniques to be used and also know the reasoning behind these methods and techniques.

This training video also emphasizes the important role played by the IMO Code and Guidelines relating to this topic. They shall be referred to as the basic guidelines for the seafarers to securing all types of cargo. The authors of the video are looking at the different forces that commonly act to the cargo in connection with the movement of the vessel and different stowage and securing methods...

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29.10.2017
STORCK GUIDE V.5.0 WITH IMDG CODE AMENDMENTS 34—08

This is the fifth version of the popular Storck Packing Guide widely used in the shipping industry. This one is fully compatible with all Windows systems and includes the content of the official IMDG Code Amendments 34-08. Developed by Storck Verlag Company, Hamburg. The Guide is commonly applied for the segregation of the dangerous cargo in containers (the module works with Easeacon program) as per IMDG Code regulations.

The software will be very useful and practical for the crew members of the vessels engaged in transportation of the cargoes falling under the above mentioned Code since they will have valuable advice provided. The application features very user-friendly interface making it very easy to use in practice to ensure compliance of the cargo loading with the IMDG Code requirements. the Guide is covering all requirements applicable to the container vessels as well as to the conventional cargo vessels, barges and ro-ro vessels. the types of cargo covered include bulk chemicals and packagings, waste transports and others. The security provisions by IMO are also incorporated.

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26.10.2017
LOADSTAR

The Loadstar is an excellent program turning any computer into the advanced loading platform featuring remarkably user-friendly interface. The software allows to facilitate the commonly time consuming processes of planning the loading operations and controlling the loading conditions. The program was developed by IBM to be fast working and easy to use.

The Loadstar has been initially designed in со-operation with the leading companies in the shipping industry throughout the world, and this is what has mainly gained so much popularity to this software - the companies using this software benefited of the invaluable experience.

The final outcome is a nearly perfect loading system integrating literally all necessary functions into one application. Numerous practical system features of this program help to ensure quickest and most accurate cargo planning and considers both pre-planning and thoroughly detailed planning.

The program also features a clear and very consistent design, which supplies the necessary info at a glance. The user only has to make a couple of mouse clicks or keystrokes to make the program function. The use of this software will eventually result in reduction of the operation time as well as the man-hour requirements to minimum.

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28.09.2017
PC OILSURVEY V1.0

Here is a small and very simple yet quite useful piece of software that has been specifically developed by the "Dolphin Maritime Software Ltd" some years ago - however, even released quite a long time back, the program is very popular and used by the people for both training purposes and on board vessels; this program was originally intended to serve as a compact, easy-to-use and practical tool for calculation of the oil products.

In the "Utility" section of the program there are Pipe capacity, Interpolators 1 and 2 Ullage/Trim, Wedge, Vessel Experience Factor, etc. It contains necessary ASTM tables inside. It will help the user to conduct proper conversion between API, SG and Density, Vac to Air weight, convert temperatures, find standard API/SG/Density and VCF against them. No need for installation, just launch the file and calculate. No viruses. You may start using it immediately upon downloading.

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17.09.2017
MACS3 LOADING COMPUTER SYSTEM

This is a version 3 of the popular and effective ship loading software which was developed and subsequently released by the Interschalt Maritime Systems in full accordance with the ISO 16155:2006. The software is compatible with all Windows.

Moreover, the developers of this program have taken into consideration all applicable requirements of ABS, BV, DNV-GL and other classification societies together with the content of the IACS Recommendation no. 84 related to the Loading Instruments. Free of any viruses of malware.

May be used on board vessels or for the training purposes. In fact, a great training tool allowing to practice the naval architecture skills in assessment of the vessels loaded conditions, making relevant calculations and prediction of the behavior of the loaded vessel at sea.

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