Marine Regulations & Guides


Well, here is a well known book - official updated and quite significantly revised edition of the Code of Signals. The main purpose of the present volume is to provide all interested parties, i.e. everyone involved in navigation, with the effective means and ways of communication in various situations essentially relating to the navigational and personal safety - this becomes even more important in cases when the language barrier and associated difficulties are there.

The book has been arranged in for major chapters. The opening chapter provides all readers with the general instructions for signaling. The second chapter of the book contains the general signal code while the third chapter contains the medical signal code. And, finally, the last chapter gives the distress and life-saving signals and describes relevant radio-telephone procedures. The main portion of the document has been supplemented with an appendix containing United States/Russian Federation signals for naval vessels.

The official title of this paper is Publication 102. It's very first edition was released more than a century ago, just imagine - in 1855, and it contained nearly seventy thousand signals using eighteen flags. Obviously, numerous important changes have been made to the Code since that, as a response to the developments in navigation and communication fields...

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The present guidebook was prepared to provide the best and effective safety practices on proper operation of the tank barges as well as terminals; the intention of the authors was also to embrace the control philosophy based on a risk awareness. We know how critical safety is to the tanker shipping industry of today.

The authors also hope that this book will serve as a standard reference source that would be used when working on the safe operation of both inland barges and terminals. The publication is therefore kept updated with the latest technological developments and relevant legislation. We would like to emphasize that all recommendations provided in the pages of the present volume are to be thoroughly read and clearly understood.

The ultimate purpose of the volume is to improve safety of marine transportation of dangerous cargoes at the interface of the barges with terminals or other ships. It shall be noted that this publications is not intended to replace or amend the existing legal instruments, it is rather to provide the shipping industry with some valuable additional guidance not considered a part of any legal requirements. The book will also provide the personnel involved in the above mentioned operations with the operational advice and description of how exactly tanker and terminal operations are usually carried out.

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This is a very compact guidance; it was specifically prepared with participation of the several organizations respected in the maritime industry with the ultimate intention to duly address the major issues of competency and training for ECDIS, standing for the "Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems" - it was prepared by a special industry group coordinated by The Nautical Institute.

A series of meeting was held by this group, comprised of the leading international maritime industry organizations, since ECDIS had given rise to confusion in regard to training. The ECDIS-related amendments STCW Convention made in 2010 are still not in force and will take full effect only in 2017. Thus, it has been recommended that approved training be undertaken before that in order to ensure that all watchkeepers meet all STCW requirements prior to sailing on the vessels with ECDIS installed on them.

The document consists of only two pages.  As it is clear from the title of this mini-publication, it  is to address the today's requirements applicable to the electronic charts; apart from that, it deals with the generic ECDIS training and familiarization, provides valuable recommendations and also gives some information of the issues relating to the ECDIS training endorsed by the industry...

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The official publication released in conjunction with the IMO Maritime Day. It is very short but still able to provide all interested persons and participants of the shipping industry with some useful information. The booklet starts with a short article dedicated to the implementation changes and the importance of the effective implementation.

It is obvious that in order to provide the effectiveness of the operations, the international maritime industry of today is seriously dependent on the regulatory frameworks that are established by the IMO as well as on the effective implementation of the international conventions released by this organization. The failure to follow these would eventually result in the chaos in the maritime industry and complete distortion of the shipping market. Another negative result would be reduction in the levels of marine safety and protection of the environment.

One of the most important and truly impressive features of the regulations proposed and implemented by the IMO would be that once they have entered into force, all of them are applied to the vessels globally via a very effective combination the inspections conducted by port state control and flag state inspectors. These instruments are deservedly considered very practical and play one of the key roles in the marine safety and environment protection...

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The present official IMO publication contains the revised specifications relating to the design, as well as control and operation of the COW, i.e. crude oil washing systems installed on board marine vessels carrying crude oil, the standard format for the COW operations and associated equipment manuals, informative examples of the above mentioned systems and manuals, and valuable guidelines for the in-port inspection of COW procedures.

The main purpose of the document is to provide users with all required technical info and related requirements. The book starts with the introductory sections defining its purpose and application, followed by the chapter containing general provisions. The next chapter addresses the design criteria applicable to the piping and washing machines, pumps, stripping systems and ballast lines.

The fifth chapter is fully dedicated to the personnel qualification, while the sixth deals with the actual operation, i.e. tankage, drainage/discharge, filling the tanks, COW at sea, use of the inert gas and its control, vapor emission, necessary safety precautions related to the electrostatic generation, oily water discharge etc. The last chapter gives the information about the operations and equipment manual. There are also three appendices at the end of the volume providing some additional information relating to the changes to the regulations, training of the personnel and agreed interpretations.

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One of the key declared functions of the ILO is the adoption of the international conventions and recommendations of the issues directly related to the labor and the work. The preset publication was issued by the ILO and it addresses such the important topics as tripartite consultation, collective bargaining, forced labor, industrial relations, labor inspection and administration, wages, social security, working time, employment policy, promotion of the employees, elimination of the child labor, protection of young persons and children, maternity protection, equality of the opportunity and treatment, social policy, migrant employees, AIDS/HIV related issues, vocational training and guidance, seafarers, dockworkers, fishermen, tribal and indigenous people etc.

This collection contains a huge number of the useful relevant documentation and will definitely be of great use to any person working at sea and willing to be aware of his or her rights. It will also be helpful to the shore workers of the shipping companies, human resource departments, ship officers and others responsible for continuing compliance with all requirements of the labor-related conventions and associated recommendations.

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The present Code has been published by the MCA, i.e. Maritime and CoastGuard Agency and endorsed by the NMHOS Committee and other recognized organizations to serve as a guidance to the best established practices for the improvement of the H&S on board ships. The publication is aimed to anyone on a vessel regardless of their rank as well as to the people working ashore and responsible for safety; it shall be taken into account that the recommendations provided in this volume will only be effective if they are fully understood by all parties involved and only if there is due co-operation.

The workers not directly involved in a job in hand shall always be aware of what is actually being done  in order to avoid any sort of risk. In cases where some of the risks are really unavoidable, the appropriate, adequate and effective measures of control shall be implemented so that the exposure to the hazards causing the injuries, diseases or deaths are minimized. These risks would include the ambient factors, inherent hazards, various serious health risks like fatigue and so many other risks, and all of them have been covered in this publication, making it so useful and practical for all people involved in maritime industry and willing to perform their activities in a safe manner.

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The present Code has been worked out and officially released aiming to provide the participants of the maritime industry with a recognized internationally used standard for the safe marine transportation of the liquefied gases plus some of the other substances that are listed in chapter XIX in bulk, through prescribing the constructional and design technical features of the vessels that are directly involved in such transportation together with the associated equipment that is required to be carried on board in order to minimize the risks associated with the gas carriage by sea.

The provisions of this Code are based in the sound marine engineering plus naval architecture principles and the best marine practices and proper understanding of potential hazards that may be posed by the various products being transported. the brief contents of the Code as follows: General; Vessel survival capability and cargo tank location; Ship arrangements; Cargo containment; Process pressure vessels and vapor, liquid and pressure piping systems; Construction materials; Cargo pressure and temperature control; Cargo vent systems; Environmental control for cargo containment systems; Electrical arrangements; Fire protection; Fire extinguishing; Mechanical ventilation in cargo area; Instrumentation; Personnel protection; Established filling limits for the cargo tanks; Use of cargo gas as fuel; Special requirements; operating requirements; Summary...​

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