07.01.2020
GUIDELINES FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF MARPOL ANNEX V

The officially released guidelines to be used for the implementation of the requirements contained in the Annex V to the MARPOL convention. The documents has several objectives, and the main objective is to assist the states in developing the domestic laws and regulations implementing Annex V and enacting them; it will also provide required assistance to the ship owners and operators, crew members and manufacturers of the equipment willing to reach compliance with the requirements that have been set forth in subject Annex.

In addition, the volume will help port/terminal operators providing reception facilities for the garbage commonly generated on board vessels. The content of the guidebook is arranged in several parts. The guidelines for implementation of the Annex itself is the first part while the second part provides instructions for the development of shipboard garbage management plans.

The next part contains the regulations for garbage pollution prevention including definitions and applications, general prohibitions, information about special areas, special requirements applicable to the fixes/floating offshore installations, exceptions, PSC on operational requirements, placards, record keeping etc. In short, everything related to the prevention of marine pollution by shipboard garbage is covered.

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02.01.2020
RECOVERY OF PERSONS FROM THE WATER — GUIDELINES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF PLANS AND PROCEDURES

This is a very compact but yet very informative booklet specifically prepared and released by the ICS, standing for the International Chamber of Shipping. The document will provide necessary instructions to those involved in the development of the Plans and Procedures for recovery of people from water. As we all know, all vessels are required to have such Plans and Procedures since July 2014.

The document shall be ship-specific and the contents shall be clearly identifying the equipment that is intended to be utilized when recovering people from sea. In addition to that, the Plan shall describe all measures that will be taken to get the associated risks to the crew members minimized. In most cases there will be no need for installing any additional equipment and the existing shipboard equipment and arrangements will be considered sufficient.

Subject equipment obviously includes lifeboats and rigid/inflatable liferafts, rescue boats and pilot ladders, openings in the sides like bunker and pilot doors, lifebuoys, searchlights and others. The present Guidelines were prepared to give some practical assistance to the companies willing to get in compliance with the SOLAS Reg. III/17-1.

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11.11.2019
SOLAS CONSOLIDATED EDITION 2018

The latest edition of the SOLAS Convention released in 2018. This edition is the continuation of the previously released SOLAS 2009 and SOLAS 2014. This is the most important of the documents issued by IMO. Traditionally, at starting from the very first edition of the convention, its main objective remains providing the maritime shipping industry with the carefully thought and well developed range of necessary measures to improve the human safety at sea.

As you know, the original release of the convention took place in 1914 and since then the provisions of the convention are the must-do to the people who want to stay safe when working at sea. The text of this latest edition of the convention has been revised and updated in order to reflect all the latest technological development as well as all changes in the regulatory framework.

The arrangement of the material follows the regular pattern in use for the past decades and traditionally covers all important areas related to the safety of life at sea. Needless to say that a copy of the convention is a must-have document on board every single ship to which the provisions of the convention apply, and in the library of every single person involved in the maritime shipping.

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07.11.2019
THE SHIP ENERGY EFFICIENCY MANAGEMENT PLAN

The main declared objective of the present training booklet released by Videotel is to motivate the ship officers including both senior and junior officers to get the energy efficiency of their ships maximized to the possible extent. The publication will also be of great practical interest to the technical superintendents as well as the operators, shore personnel and workers of the commercial department.

The training set consists of this workbook and a very good video training lesson and they should be used together for better results. However, the booklet itself can be used as a good reference source. The glossary of the main terminology is included in the booklet together with a separate reference chapter devoted to the relevant regulations. The trainees will also find a sample SEEMP as well as EEOI, standing for the Energy Efficiency Operational Indicator.

Numerous questions have been included for the assessment and control of the training. The training set is strongly recommended to anyone working on board marine ships, taking into account the latest changes to the provisions of the MARPOL convention and coming into force of the energy efficiency-related regulations.

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03.11.2019
MANUAL ON CHEMICAL POLLUTION

The present official IMO publication was prepared by the MEPC. i.e. Maritime Environment Protection Committee, consists of three separate volumes. The first volume of the set covers the regulations related to the maritime transportation of the HNS, standing for the hazardous and noxious substances, various fates and hazards associated with the HNS release, emergency preparedness, and also describes the most effective methods and techniques of chemical response; numerous case studies supplement the main content of the first volume.

The second volume of the Manual is fully devoted to the search and recovery of the different packaged products that have been lost at sea; it also opens with the chapter about the regulations governing the transportation of the dangerous goods by sea, this chapter being followed by the one addressing the loss and fate of such packages, their location, hazard assessment and actions that shall be taken for their recovery. The explosive materials have been dealt with in a separate chapter. The third volume is solely dealing with the administrative and legal aspects of the incidents involving HNS – subject volume was released in 2015 and concludes the manual.

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03.11.2019
LONDON CONVENTION AND PROTOCOL — UNEP — GUIDELINES FOR THE PLACEMENT OF ARTIFICIAL REEFS

We know that the artificial reefs are used in so many countries all around the world and have been used throughout many ages. The continuously escalating use of such reefs in coastal waters, especially when combined with the possibility of having negative consequences, has eventually resulted in the requirement of having some special form of worldwide guidance that would provide necessary information about their construction and deployment as well as management.

One of the major aims of this publication officially prepared and released by the IMO, is to ensure that their development is taking place fully consistent with the formal provisions and aims declared within the London Convention. It will also help ensure that subject development is carried out harmonized with the essential principles of the ecological approach to the marine environment management.

The content of the Guidelines is written in order to provide assistance to the countries where the requirement to assess the relevant proposals for placing such reefs has already been recognized and will also help in preparation of the associated regulatory framework. It will also be useful when used for implementation of the existing regulations.

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02.11.2019
GUIDELINE FOR OIL SPILL RESPONSE IN FAST CURRENTS

The content of the present guide has been compiled by the OPRC-HNS Technical Group. Subject group is one of the subsidiary bodies of the MEPC, i.e. Maritime Environment Protection Committee of the IMO. The document was approved by the subject committee.

Nowadays, there is lot of readily available information and guidance to handling the oil spills and providing adequate and effective response along coastlines and in open waters. However, there is a lack of information about doing same under the conditions of fast waterways, such as inland waters including rivers etc. That is why the decision had been made to prepare an official publication that would cover all associated aspects.

The main objective of the present document is to give some basic information and practical guidance to all shipboard personnel involved in oil spill response for better development of the effective spill response techniques and strategies, clean-up measures, containment of the spill etc. The crew members are expected to possess some very basic knowledge of the oil containment and recovery by application standard equipment. This is a must-have document for any ship involved in passage in the above mentioned areas.

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23.10.2019
MOORING EQUIPMENT GUIDELINES

The technical guidelines that are contained in this publication released by OCIMF, are intended to represent the mooring technology and practice proven most effective. However, it should be taken into consideration as necessary that the information that is provided in the pages of the this volume may not be practical enough to retrofit literally all possible aspects of this technique to all existing systems.

The attempt as been made by the authors of this volume to unify, significantly update, and refine the existing mooring guidelines while adding some essential information which has been poorly defines or even omitted before. The authors have exercised remarkable care ensuring the optimization of the design performance of all the associated mooring equipment and arrangements.

At the same time, we can see that they have really done their very best to avoid the overlooking such important factors as the ease of handling and also the safety of the involved personnel. As a result, this book represents a recommended minimum of the associated requirements and it will definitely be quite useful to both ship designers and marine surveyors, plus terminal and ship operators. For sure, they are not to inhibit the future innovations of the relevant technological advances in any way...

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