Crew Management


The original edition of this publication was released in 1991 to describe how to make the very best of the training and education opportunities available on board. Since then, three more editions came and each time the content was revised and new information added. The introductory part of the document will give readers some necessary insight into the relevant regulatory framework including the ISM Code and MLC Convention.

The main part of the material is divided into nine chapters, the first chapter dealing with proper organization of the training on board any ship. The second chapter provides some valuable advice to the shipboard staff assigned the trainee roles. The third chapter is devoted to the resources including CBT, i.e. computer-based training, video training, planning of the training, assessment and other aspects, while the fourth chapter addresses the record keeping.

The competence assessment, opportunities for training and associated responsibilities are dealt with in the next two chapters. the remaining chapters deal with the senior officers and Masters, company training policies, and other information. Four appendixes supplement the main content of the booklet, giving necessary examples.



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Mentoring was always considered as one of the basic elements of the seagoing routine. In fact and according to the author’s opinion, the concept of mentoring was born at sea. This book was written to fill the gap that is there today – note that there is not enough literature on this subject available, even though all people agree on the high importance of the mentoring. The author wrote his books in an absolutely reader-friendly and conversational manner.

What it means is that he made every effort to avoid the common prescriptive and too structured approach to presenting the material as such approach would inevitably build the boundaries around the free-thinking of the readers. In fact, this is exactly the main difference between mentoring and learning. When we train people, we usually transfer the underpinned theoretical knowledge and lay the relevant rules, which of course are important.

However, the competency profile will only be rounded by the mentoring, which would imply the informal and maximum effortless transfer of the practical experience. We recommend the publication to all those willing to establish and maintain the good mentoring on board their ships and within their teams.

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A perfect volume telling readers about the exceptionally successful leadership. The author of the book has written it in a very comprehensive and focused way trying to capture the fundamental importance of every single line. The book has been very well met by the seafarers who noted the temperament and persistence of the author, and found the content so enjoyable.

Most of the readers have recommended this book to every ship officer. In fact the leadership is very important in any sort of occupation. However in seafaring it can mean the difference between life and death. Unlike so many other publications released in connection with the leadership, this book by Captain Parani is written by person who really knows the ropes. Moreover, and what is maybe even more important, this person has a genuine spirit of a leader.

Even though merchant ships of today carry ninety percent of the whole world's trade, the mariners running them have little to no guidance on leadership, and this can eventually result in catastrophes, as it was with Titanic. With modern technically sophisticated vessels costing dozens of millions, seamen require leadership advice throughout their career, and this is what is offered in this volume...

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This training course is dealing with the fatigue. Recently, the fatigue has been eventually recognized as a potential contributor and sometimes a main cause to the human errors. In the past, the industry people used to believe that the good training, willpower and professionalism is enough to prevent fatigue.

However, the results of the several researches conducted in this field, have shown that fatigued people work worse and there is a higher risk of the casualties and accidents. The main purpose of the training set consisting of this booklet and associated video training film, is to provide good and understandable explanation of the major causes of the fatigue and effects the fatigue may have.

The training is also intended to demonstrate how the management strategy shall be put in place to improve the effectiveness of the workers - this all will contribute to safeguarding of the human life, property and protection of the environment. The content of the course covers the negative effects and causes of the fatigue considered specific to the maritime industry, recognizing fatigue and implementing successful FMS, i.e. fatigue management system, and other important aspects.

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This publication will be useful for the bridge and deck teams of the ship with Filipino crew members working on board. It was prepared by Dr. Tomas Andres, recognized intercultural consultant focusing on the culture of Philippine for expats of international and multinational companies and organizations.

Obviously, every ship aster and officer must be capable of extending the positive understanding towards the crew members under their command. Getting to know and understand colleagues is a key to professional success. In his book, the author has made an attempt t prepare a concise yet thorough study of Filipino etiquette, mores, values, customs and manners that would show the similarities and differences in behavioral expectations arising at the time when ship Masters and officers come to work and live with Filipinos.

In fact, the publication is intended to serve as a useful tool for building good intercultural relations and it also may be used informally by any individual planning to work with Filipinos but who did not have a chance to attend the training on intercultural relations. Of course, coming to terms with different people belonging to other cultures is sometimes difficult and time-consuming but we recommend you to go through this book and familiarize yourself with Filipinos.

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The edition of the publication that is hereby presented to the attention of our readers continues a brilliant tradition extending back for more than a hundred years. The very first edition of the present book was released by the Marine Hospital Service in 1881.

All previous editions provided readers with the step-by-step instructions that were covering a huge variety of illnesses that could be faced underway. With this new release, the author's approach has changed a bit, taking into account all recent changes in medical practice and technology. The number of "how to" medical aspects included in this book has been limited; instead, the publication now is intended to identify when exactly there may be need for medical consultation, and it also describes how to perform a very basic physical examination and communicate all medical findings to the experts on shore.

For sure, effective communication is one of the key aspects of consultation or medical treatment. The book is also focusing on the prevention of both chronic and acute diseases as it can significantly improve the quality of the mariners' life at sea and maximize the productivity of the crew members as well as their ability to perform the duties assigned to them.

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Here is another publication written about working with Filipino seafarers. The book starts with some introduction followed by a chapter describing the migration issues, namely different perspectives on migration. In the next part of the book the author tries to understand and explain to the readers why people go to the sea and who are leaving - here you will find the info on the inducements and preconditions for migration.

The following part is dedicated to the life and work at sea - you will get to know what exactly characterizes a vessel, get a portion of the seafaring experience, etc. The last three chapters of the publication address the cultural repercussions that may be caused by the life and work at sea, various economic repercussions that may be caused by overseas employment, and, finally, the Filipino seamen.

This document was prepared by Gunnar Lamwik from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and may be of some interest for those who work with the crew members from Filipinos as it contains some valuable advice on how to build the good relationship and communication system for everyone's benefit. In fact, most of the information would be equally to the seamen from any other country.

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This book shall to serve as a guidance for shipping companies, management teams of the ships and for individual seamen. Such the important factor of crew management as the rest time at sea attracts quite considerable attention. The crew members have to get sufficient sleep and rest in order to be able to perform their duties in a safe and efficient manner.

The consequences of lack of rest may be very serious. This publication is focusing on the rest of crew at sea, including the relevant regulations and ways to comply with their requirements. All of matters mentioned above are of utmost importance and have significant impact on wellbeing of the crew members and, subsequently, to the safety of the vessel. The present guidance is aimed to provide some answers relating to the work planning in order to make it possible to make sure that the people on board get the rest they require.

Needless to say that the sufficient rest and sleep are critically important for humans to be able to work normally. It is even more that a question of the immediate wellbeing of the people. Continuing lack of sleep damages the health. That is why the proper balance between work time and rest time must be found. This is what the present publication is about.

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