25.03.2020
SOLAS CONSOLIDATED EDITION 2014

   The very latest consolidated edition of the most important IMO Convention. The main purpose of the Convention is, traditionally, to provide the maritime industry with a broad range of measures that have been specifically designed with the intention to improve the safety of human life at sea. Note that the SOLAS Convention is also the oldest one, with its initial released officially adopted more than a century ago, namely in 1914, following the famous tragedy - the sinking of the Titanic resulting in the loss of more than 1500 human lives.

   Since that time, the Convention has been re-issued four times in order to be in line with the technological developments happening in the shipping industry. The present volume contains the consolidated text of the Convention and it was prepared to provide readers with an easy and user-friendly reference to all requirements of this Convention that become applicable since July 2014. All amendments to the requirements that are in effect from July 2014 have also been covered in this volume.

   Again, there are twelve main chapters in the publication providing the general technical provisions, addressing the structure of the ship, it's subdivision and stability issues, machinery and shipboard electrical installations, fire protection, prevention and firefighting systems, equipment and arrangements, LSA, radio and navigation equipment, transportation of various types of cargoes including dangerous cargo, nuclear ships, safety management, certificates issues to the ships fully complying with the applicable requirements of the Convention, relevant documentation, list of the IMO resolutions and a wealth of other valuable regulatory information.

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24.03.2020
SEAFARERS HOURS OF WORK AND HOURS OF REST

This publication was developed and officially released jointly by IMO and ILO some years ago, in order to provide the international maritime shipping industry with the necessary guidelines relating to the development of tables covering the shipboard working arrangements for the seafarers as well as the formats used for recording of the hours or work/rest of the shipboard people.

The information contained in the book has been compiled and arranged to help the competent marine authorities involved in development of the associated tables and records. Apart from the Guidelines themselves, the volume has four Appendices with the supplementary information, the first one being the Seafarer’s Hours of Work and the Manning of Ships Convention. The second one will provide requirements of the STCW Convention and STCW Code.

The last two appendices will give the information about the model formats for the table of shipboard working arrangements and for records of working and resting hours of the seafarers, respectively. Make sure that you have got a copy of this official document on board your ship as well as in the shore office and that it is readily available at all times for reference.

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18.03.2020
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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17.03.2020
MARPOL CONSOLIDATED EDITION 2017

The latest edition of the major IMO convention dealing with the prevention of marine pollution concerned with the protection on the marine environment. The main technical content of the present convention has been arranged in six big Annexes. Note that the five of them, i.e. Annexes from I (oil pollution prevention) to V (garbage pollution prevention) were adopted by MARPOL 1973 as further modified by a 1978 Protocol. The last sixth Annex was adopted by a Protocol which followed in 1997 covering the air pollution prevention.

In general, all annexes together cover the prevention of pollution of marine environment by oil, by NLS, standing for the noxious liquid substances carried in bulk, by harmful substances carried in packaged form, by sewage and garbage from ships, and air pollution. Needless to say that this is one of the most important publications to be carried on board any vessel to which present convention applies.

It is a must-have document for the port state control officers and marine surveyors checking the vessel for compliance with the requirements of convention, for the crew members responsible for keeping the vessel compliance, and for the ship designers and builders who shall have clear understanding of the convention in order to design a vessel that would meet all applicable requirements.

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17.03.2020
SHIPS' ROUTEING 2019 EDITION

The safety of marine transportation and cleanliness of the oceans are nowadays promoted in numerous ways. One of such ways is the ongoing development of various effective routeing measures implemented to control the navigation of ships and monitoring of the progress.

The routeing measures defines or described in part A and Part H of the present volume have been individually deal with in part B dedicated to the schemes of traffic separation and inshore zones), part C addressing the deep water navigation routes, part D defining the areas to avoid, part E providing other measure, for example two-way routeing, recommended directions and tracks, part F containing the applicable rules and recommendations relevant to the particular areas of navigation and straits, part G dealing with the mandatory ship reporting and routeing systems together with "no-anchoring" areas, and, finally, part H depicting the archipelagic lanes.

The edition offered is incorporating all measures of routeing adopted before July-2019. Note, however, that the chartlets that have been included in the volume shall not be used for navigation purposes. The latest release of this official IMO publication.

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17.03.2020
ISM CODE AND GUIDANCE FOR ITS IMPLEMENTATION 2018 EDITION

The International Safety Management Code together with the necessary guidelines for the implementation was developed by the IMO in order to provide an internationally recognized standard to be applied to the safe operation and management of the vessels, and also for prevention of the environment pollution.

The document shall be considered a truly essential reference one for the owners and operators of the ships, ship constructors, maritime administrations, manufacturers of the shipboard engines and other equipment, education entities and training providers - virtually all people whose everyday work is connected with the ensuring of safety of human life at sea and pollution prevention.

The content of the document includes relevant portions of the SOLAS and ISM Code. In addition, it also provides readers with the guidelines for the operational implementation of the Code, and other important regulatory and guiding information.

The publication is a must-have for all people engaged in the shipping industry in one way or another. It is also an excellent training tool to the students and future auditors who shall possess a sound knowledge and deep understanding of all provisions of the ISM Code.

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16.03.2020
FSS CODE — INTERNATIONAL CODE FOR FIRE SAFETY SYSTEMS — 2015 EDITION

The FSS Code has been officially adopted by the MSC at it's 73rd session in December 2000 with the aim to provide the maritime industry with the international technical standards relating to the fire safety systems and associated equipment that are required by SOLAS.

The present Code is mandatory under the amendments to SOLAS. The volume contains the required engineering specifications relating to the fire safety arrangements and all equipment concerning the fixed gas-, water-spraying, foam and water mist fire extinguishing systems on ships, sample extraction smoke detection systems on tankers, portable powder, gas and other fire extinguishers of all sizes, PPE, i.e. personal protection equipment, international shore connection, inert gas systems, automatic sprinkler systems, low-location lighting systems, fire detectors, fixed alarm systems, main and emergency fire pumps, means of escape, deck foam systems, fixed hydrocarbons gas detection systems etc.

In addition, the present edition of the FSS Code includes all relevant resolutions of the IMO and also all circulars. The publication is there in the list of mandatory papers that shall be carried on board any ships falling under SOLAS. All information that has been included in the book will be very useful for any crew member dealing with the operation of the above listed equipment or its maintenance.

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14.03.2020
THE LITTLE BLUE BOOK ON BALLAST WATER

As we are all aware, the IBWMC, standing for the International Ballast Water Management Convention, was adopted by the International Maritime Organization back in 2004 with subsequent entering into force in 2017. The full implementation of all provisions of the subject convention is planned to take place in 2024. Obviously, vessels with war ships, ships with no ballast water and with sealed or permanent ballast water tanks are exempted.

The ultimate aim of the convention is to prevent transferring of the different non-indigenous species that travel together with the ballast water from one aquatic system to another. This transfer, in turn, causes significant environmental and economic problems. The present booklet was released as a result of cooperation between LITEHAUZ and Danish Shipping supported by the Danish Maritime Fund.

It can be used as a compact but comprehensive guidebook covering the important aspects of the convention and shall be used by the masters and officers of the ships as well as the shore personnel, i.e. anyone engaged in implementation of the convention. Have a copy available to use as a reference source at all times, it is useful and will give all info you need.

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