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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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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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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27.02.2020
SAFETY AND HEALTH IN PORTS

Despite numerous sophisticated technical innovations including those introduced recently, the work of any marine port is still connected with the many accidents, i.e. it is the occupation where the accident rate is considered very high. As a result, it is thought that there is a constant need for the properly developed and implemented working practices in every marine port, to ensure that the health and safety of the personnel working there is safeguarded as required.

The present code of practice book is a sort of essential reading on this and will provide industry with the valuable professional advice and help in all questions related to the safety and health of the port employees. It will be particularly helpful to the people assigned operational and managerial responsibilities. In addition, the publication will be appreciated by all employees involved in the routine maintenance and future development of the marine ports with the main emphasis done on the safety aspects.

The authors have given numerous informative illustrations and perfectly worked examples to make sure that the content is readable. All important aspects of marine port activities is covered including but not limited to the loading and discharge of cargoes, domestic and international trade, inland waterways, conventional and innovative methods, traffic, lighting provision, vehicular motion, ergonomics, handling dangerous cargo etc.

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22.02.2020
THE HUMAN ELEMENT— A GUIDE TO HUMAN BEHAVIOUR IN THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY

This guide prepared and officially released by the MCA, i.e. United Kingdom Maritime and Coastguard Agency, was developed on the basis of the information obtained during the consultation with the leading and respected maritime organizations. The publication is aimed at virtually every single person involved in the maritime shipping industry.

The authors have provided good explanations of the essential matters related to the human behavior at sea, constituting the so-called “human element” widely referred to in the international commercial marine sector. Note that we even have a section here dealing with the problem of the Human Element in the industry. It is nearly obvious that the human element in the contemporary shipping industry is one of the key elements.

The authors of the present Guide made an excellent effort to demonstrate that the properly conducted management of the human element shall take place at absolutely all levels. It has also been seriously implicated by the continued shipping disasters. That is why the authors have tried to provide readers with the detailed explanations and good professional advice in order to assist them with managing the human element in the most effective, safe and profitable way.

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25.01.2020
GUIDE ON MARINE TERMINAL FIRE PROTECTION AND EMERGENCY EVACUATION

The content of the present Guide was prepared and officially released by the OCIMF, the world recognized and respected Oil Companies International Marine Forum organization, in order to give the design considerations relating to the marine terminals in connection with the fire protection and associated evacuation of people in case of emergency.

In this document, the term marine terminal will include docks and piers as well as the sea land constructions normally utilized for the crude oil transfer plus transfer of the liquefied gas and different petroleum products. Note that the definition of terminal is limited to that defined by the ISGOTT and does not include pumping arrangements, onshore tanks and other facilities that are not directly located on the loading facilities.

The authors discuss the established good practices that shall be used as the foundation when assessing the aforementioned fire protection and evacuation arrangements at the terminals, including both existing terminals and those proposed for future construction. The guidance provided in the pages of this document are relating to the ISGOTT/Chapters 12, 13 and will therefore be of practical interest to all people in the industry.

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