30.07.2017
MARITIME SECURITY MANUAL — GUIDANCE FOR PORT FACILITIES, PORTS AND SHIPS

The present official Maritime Security Manual was released by the IMO with the objective to provide all necessary guidance for the port facilities, ports and ships. It will provide the required consolidated technical guidance on the amendments to SOLAS, that are directly related to the security. Subject amendments have been included in a newly added Chapter XI-2 of this Convention.

The guidance that is provided in this Manual has been mainly addressed to the government officials exercising the responsibilities that the MSM (standing for the "Maritime Security Measures") are placing on the contracting governments, workers of the port facilities exercising the responsibilities that the MSM are placing on ports, and the workers of the shipping companies exercising the responsibilities placed by the MSM on the shipping companies and vessels operated by those companies.

The content of the publication will also be relevant to the people who are responsible for the security in ports, on board ships, or at port facilities. The publication consists of five major sections. The first section describes the content and declared purpose of the volume and it also provides a general overview of the MSM, while the second, third and fourth sections give required guidance on the security responsibilities that the MSM place on governments, port facilities plus shipping companies; finally, the last section describes the established methodology for the security assessment...​

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30.07.2017
MANILA AMENDMENTS TO THE STCW CONVENTION — A QUICK GUIDE FOR SEAFARERS

We are offering you to have a glance in this short guide that have been worked out and intended to familiarize all seafarers with the "Manila Amendments" to the IMO STCW Convention of 2010. This publication was released by the ISF, standing for the "International Shipping Federation", in collaboration with the ICS, i.e. the "International Chamber of Shipping". These amendments are in force since 1 January 2012.

The key new requirements are affecting such important areas as training record books, changes to competence tables, tanker training, plus mandatory security training, leadership and teamwork, refresher training, and new seafarer grades/certification, medical standards etc. This small but quite useful brochure dedicated to the Manila amendments, was produced to coincide with the IMO Seafarer's Day in order to summarize what seafarers could expect from the Convention after is has been amended.

No doubt that the professional competence of the seafarers is for sure the most critical factor that is significantly contributing in the safe and efficient operations of the vessels. It should definitely be underlined that the above mentioned competence has a direct and strong impact on the human safety at sea together with the preventing the marine environment from being polluted. We would recommend every seaman to have a close look into the content of this document...​

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29.07.2017
MANUAL ON OIL POLLUTION — SECTION 1 — PREVENTION

The present volume is the official one released by IMO and containing the Sec. 1 of the Manual on Oil Pollution. This publication opens with some intro that is followed by a comprehensive glossary of definitions/abbreviations used throughout the text of the book.

The requirements applicable to all ships and for tankers are listed in the first part; the book also describes oil tanker operations carried out at berths (including offshore and SPM moorings), piers and jetties, ship to ship transfer of crude oil and various petroleum products at anchor and also while underway, operations at FSO/FPSO facilities... Some examples of checklists are provided in the Appendix.

The volume will provide the readers with the required practical guidance relating to the pollution prevention; it will also describe the established procedures for proper handling of various oil cargoes, STS operations, bunkering, operations in iced waters, etc.

Moreover, a good overview of the proven pollution prevention practices has also been provided, serving as the useful complement to the recognized shipping industry standards that are available today. Note that te info provided in the book is not intended to replace/supersede any regulation, law or other relevant information contained in any other regulatory publication.

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29.07.2017
GUIDELINES ON THE ENHANCED PROGRAMME OF INSPECTIONS DURING SURVEYS OF BULK CARRIERS AND OIL TANKERS

The official IMO publication. These Guidelines were formally adopted in November of 1993 by the IMO Assembly Res. A.744(18) and was made mandatory through Regulation XI-1/2 of the IMO SOLAS Convention. Subject SOLAS regulation requires the bulk carriers and oil tankers to be subject to the enhanced inspection program as outlines in the pages of this regulatory document.

The content of these Guidelines has been arranged in two annexes. The Parts A and B of the Annex A provide the guidelines on the program during the surveys of the bulk carriers having single-skin and double-skin construction, while the Parts A and B of the Annex B provide similar requirements applicable to the double-hull and non-double-hull oil tankers. The requirements of these Guidelines have been updated on a frequent basis and are in line with both regulatory and technological developments and current practices, such as the relevant IACS URs.

The publication starts with the general information including the definitions, applications, repairs, and surveyors, followed by the information about the scope of the annual, intermediate and renewal surveys, including the drydocking survey requirements, hatch covers, gaugings, close-up surveys, examinations of the cargo tanks and other aspects considered important. Survey preparation is addressed in a separate chapter and shall be checked prior to any survey, as well as the documentation to be maintained on board, survey reporting and evaluation, etc.

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29.07.2017
GUIDELINES FOR THE SAFE MANAGEMENT AND OPERATION OF OFFSHORE SUPPORT VESSELS

The actual need for the comprehensive industry-wide guidebook covering all risks and hazards that are commonly associated with the operation of the OSVs, i.e. offshore support vessels, has been recognized for almost three decades.

The present publication contains all required guidelines for both safe management and safe operation of the OSVs, incorporating the best marine practice and established working procedures from the owners and operators of the offshore installations, ship owners, crew members, logistics providers and other players of the offshore game.

This volume is intended to set out the good industry practice. Note that the provisions of the present document shall not be considered mandatory. The guidelines contained in this volume shall apply to all ships that are usually engaged in the transportation of cargo, towing and anchor handling operations, as well as any other activities typical for the offshore operations.

They outline the responsibilities and duties of all parties, describe the correct conduct of the relevant operations in port, at sea, and at the offshore installation, provide the info on the collision risk management, VSPs (standing for the vertical seismic profiles), incident and accident reporting procedures, disposal of wastes, transportation of dangerous goods and potential marine pollutants and other valuable information.

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29.07.2017
GUIDELINES ON TRANSITIONAL MEASURES FOR SHIPOWNERS SELLING SHIPS FOR RECYCLING

The process recycling of ships is definitely considered a "green" industry, employing a really large workforce in numerous developing countries. The vast majority of facilities dealing with the ship recycling are located in Asia. As a result of the recycling process, vessels reaching the end of their working cycle, are treated so that there is next to nothing remaining to go as waste.

However, it shall be noted that, while the declared principles of recycling the ships may be quite sound, the existing working practices and environmental standards that are there is some of the recycling facilities may sometimes fall short of the standards that are acceptable internationally. The present publication was developed by the IWG, i.e. Industry Working Group, with the intention to get periodically updated in order to be kept fully in line with the relevant IMO standards that are implemented by the contracting governments on a regular basis.

The updated editions of the publication are also supposed to take into consideration the practical experience that is gained. It should also be taken into account that the all responsibility for conditions of recycling the ships always rests solely with the authorities of the countries where subject vessels are actually located.

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29.07.2017
GUIDELINES FOR SHIPS OPERATING IN POLAR WATERS

All vessels operating in the Antarctic and Arctic areas are usually exposed to a number of quite unique risks. The mariners are usually faced with the serious challenges posed by the harsh weather conditions, problems with establishing good communication, lack of good navigation charts, and others. In addition, the rescue and clean-up operations are usually very complicated and costly because of the geographical remoteness of the subject areas.

The cold temperatures natural for those areas reduce the working effectiveness of various components of the vessel, from sea suctions to deck machinery arrangements. We also have to take the ice in consideration, since its presents can also add some loads on the ship's hull, propulsion and hull appendages. The present IMO Guidelines address all above stated additional provisions that are definitely required to be considered beyond the existing regular requirements outlines in SOLAS/MARPOL Conventions, with the intention to cover the climatic conditions encountered in polar waters and also meet applicable standards of both safety and prevention of the marine pollution.

The guidelines provided in this document are recommendatory. The content of the volume is arranged in four parts covering the construction provisions, equipment, operational matters, and environmental protection and damage control issues.

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29.07.2017
GUIDE TO SHIP SANITATION

This paper has been worked out and officially issued by WHO, standing for the "World Health Organization" in Geneve, Switzerland in 2011. In consists of list of acronyms and abbreviations, introduction and eight main chapters, that are followed by Annex and Glossary.

The first part - Introduction - is the opening one and it will provide the readers with some quite valuable general information concerning the structure of the present document, harmonization with International Health Regulations, ILO and IMO, describes roles and responsibilities of master, designer, constructor and other members of the marine industry.

The major chapters of the main body of this document address water, food, recreational water environments, ballast water and waste management/disposal, vector as well as reservoir control, plus controlling infectious diseases in the environment. The Annex at the end on the Guide contains various examples of hazards, monitoring procedures, control measures and corrective actions for the water supply system of the ship.

The Glossary is provided for easy reference and familiarization with the technical terminology that has been used throughout the paper. A definitely useful and very practical publication to be possessed on board for those willing to get their vessel duly maintained and in full accordance with all relevant regulations.​

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