The present publication has been worked out by the team of professionals and released by Lloyd's Register of Shipping, one of the world's leading classification societies with their ultimate declared purpose to provide all participants of today's shipping industry together with all interested readers in general with a brief overview of the amendments already made or proposed to be made to the existing statutory instruments and regulations, which are considered mandatory under international conventions and codes.

It starts with four tables providing the data about the mandatory regulatory amendments that have already been adopted and are now entering into force, and likely regulatory amendments that are still in the phase of development and discussion and may be subject to further change prior to their adoption - and these tables cover both new and existing vessels. The text part of the document is divided in two major parts. The first part of the volume is dealing with the future IMO legislation that has already been adopted, while the second part of it has been mainly dedicated to the requirements of IMO currently being developed. A needful document for those who are really willing to be up-to-date with the very latest and proposed marine regulations thus recommended for familiarization.

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Please have a look in the publication offered here - the GMDSS Manual is intended to provide, in a single volume, a truly comprehensive explanation of all fundamental principles upon which the whole GMDSS system is based, together with the requirements that normally apply to the radio communications as well as relevant technical recommendations for the implementation and the standards for the operational performance of the associated equipment, it's required technical specifications, established procedures to follow etc.

The book features a remarkably detailed description of the concepts of GMDSS systems and their development, addressing also the system components, requirements for the carriage, supporting IMO resolutions plus other regulatory documentation; in addition to that, this document contains all relevant excerpts from SOLAS, ITU-R recommendations and relevant performance standards that have been developed by the IMO, NAVTEX and SafetyNET manuals, GMDSS Master Plan and wealth of other valuable information.

The publication has been released to be used by ship masters and personnel involved in radio communications, shore personnel, operators and trainers, marine authorities and regulators and in fact anyone interested. Note that this is the official 2015 edition of the Manual; please also note that the document shall not be treated as a substitution for the ITU Manual or any other mandatory publication...

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You are hereby offered to have a look into the consolidated edition of the so-called "FAL Convention" that includes all latest amendments that have been already officially adopted in the course of the thirty-fifth session of the associated FAL Committee with the proposed entry-into-force date of May 2010. The amendments include the ones directly relating to the arrival/departure of the vessels, arrival/departure of persons and various relevant forms.

In addition to that, the Explanatory Manual has also been included in this volume with the intention to provide all required assistance in proper interpretation of the legal text of all provisions of the above mentioned Convention that are commonly quite complex at usually not that easy to understand. The main and most important of the declared objectives of the Convention was to facilitate the marine transportation by means of minimizing the associated formalities as well as all documentary requirements/procedure that are usually associated with the ship's the arrival/departure - this applies to the international voyages.

Apart from the main content of the Convention, the Annex to it provides the rules that shall be followed for simplifying the above stated documentary formalities etc. This is one of the publications that are definitely required to be carried on board of any vessel involved in the international trade.

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Here is the second updated edition of the guidelines which was released with the intention to assist interested persons with proper application of all provisions outlined in the ILO Convention issued by the ISF organization, standing for the International Shipping Federation. The initial release of the present publication was issued years ago, shortly after the MLC Convention was adopted, and it was actually aimed to introduce all ship operators to their obligations under the newly established regime.

The huge amount of work has been carried out by the several working groups consisting of the professional unions of the seafarers, governmental authorities, national associations of the ship owners - all to ensure that all parties involved are fully understanding their responsibilities. The current second release of the guidebook has therefore been quite significantly updated in order to reflect all latest clarifications from the ILO Convention. The authors have also added some supplementary guidance to the main content of the book to assist the maritime employers with the application of the ILO standards in the efficient and practical manner.

The authors of the volume strongly hope that it will be found very useful and practical by the workers of the shipping companies preparing for the MLC  implementation by the contracting governments...

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This release of the document was officially published by IMO Publishing this year and is actually the latest available. For more convenient and easy use, all IMO publications covered within this volume have been categorized and put in different chapters, addressing maritime safety, basic IMO documents and resolutions, cargoes, legal matters, facilitation of travel and transport, prevention of marine pollution from ships, navigation and rescue, marine technology, IMO model courses, e-reader files and electronic books.

The present volume will be of use for persons involved in purchasing of the IMO issued publications. The very last section of the booklet is fully dedicated to the newly developed and implemented IMO Bookshelf software. This application enables it's users to view all electronic purchased publications in a single place and it also allows for easy search through all of them simultaneously.

Among the key features of this app are the availability of the installation without the access to the internet, multiple search facilities, the new option allowing to add your own annotations and bookmarks, resizing the text, printing etc. Definitely useful volume which must be possessed on board vessels and in the offices of the companies. 

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This is the electronic release of the complete text of ISM Code released in 2010. Contents - Foreword. IMO SOLAS Chapter IX... Res. A.1022(26) addressing the guidelines on proper implementation of the provisions of the ISM Code by Flag Authorities. MSC-MEPC.7/Circ. 5 containing the guidelines for the proper operational implementation of the applicable requirements of the Code by shipping companies, Circ.6 providing required guidance on the qualifications, professional training and experience required to undertake the designated person's role under the provisions of this Code, and Circ.7 - giving the guidance on reporting of the near-misses.

Relevant IMO Publishing resources. Subject Code was made mandatory when 1994 amendments to SOLAS entered into force in 1998, introducing a completely new chapter IX dedicated to the safe operation of the vessels. The associated chapter has also been included in this publication. The origins of this regulatory document are traced back to the 190s, to the times of poor ship management standards. So many major errors have been revealed in the course of the investigations, relating to the management of the ships operations, and that was actually the most important reasons for working on the implementation of strict requirements concerning the safety management.

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The present official IMO publication is containing three basic and critically important regulatory instruments that are commonly used by the organization, directly dealing with the LSA, i.e. life-saving appliances. Those three instruments are the LSA Code, together with the Revised Recommendation of Testing of LSA, and, finally, the Code of Practice dealing with the prototype novel LSA.

The LSA Code was officially adopted during of the sixty-sixth session of the IMO MSC. The main objective of the document was to provide all participants of the shipping industry with the requirements that are applicable to the LSA commonly required  y SOLAS Chapter III - this would typically include the personal LSA, for example lifebuoys and inflatable lifejackets, immersion/anti-exposure suits, various thermal protective aids, visual aids including pyrotechnics items, survival crafts including lifeboats, inflatable and rigid liferafts, rescue boats, various embarkation systems including MES, i.e. marine evacuation systems, linethrowers, general alarm and PA (public address) systems.

An absolutely must-have publication on board any vessel subject to compliance with the provisions that are outlined in the IMO SOLAS Convention. The crew members will have all required information related to all lifesaving appliances that they have or supposed to have on board their vessel.

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The official annual review released by the ICS organization. The review starts with the Chairman's Overview. The chapters of this document are covering the following, according to the contents: Office Bearers and Secretariat; Key issues faced in 2014 - The BWM, standing for the "ballast water management", Low sulphur fuel, ILO MLC, Piracy matters, IMO Conventions; The Year in Review - Industry improvements, A call to overhaul SOLAS, Monitoring, reporting and reducing CO2, Arctic shipping, The Polar Code, Passenger ship and tanker safety, Places of refuge, Electronic navigation (including Malacca Strait), Manning and training, ILO minimum wage revision and seafarers' work hour regulations, General Average, The York Antwerp Rules, Competition issues, Passenger liability, China's shipping policy, Consultative Shipping Group, International trade negotiations, IMO FAL Convention, Shipbuilding policy, Tax issues, International accounting standards, Canal tolls, Flag State performance and PSC, Ocean governance, Publications, Administrative matters, Obituaries, ICS Board of Directors, ICS Committee Structure, ICS Membership. A good one for those willing to keep in touch with the recent developments in the industry.

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