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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23.10.2019
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OIL TANKER MANIFOLDS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT

The present fourth edition of this OCIMF publication (first published in several decades ago, in 1971 and subsequently revised three times) in order to reflect the industry developments. This release edition does not contain any significant changes to the content of the document relating to the cargo/bunker manifolds as well as any associated equipment on board.

However, the authors of this volume have added a completely new Annex to the main body of the paper, willing to take into consideration the technical requirements that are there in a number of terminals and applicable to the tankers to transfer the cargo vapors to the shore-located facilities. We would also like to underline the fact that those recommendations have been provided with the sole intention to provide the required regulatory guidance to the  operators of the vessels trading to the terminals where the installation of the vapor collection systems is mandatory.

The recommendations are supplementing the IMO-developed uniform safety design standards that are applicable to the shipboard marine vapor recovery systems as well as the USCG-issued regulations addressing the same matter. They shall only be treated as relating to the uniform manifold arrangements and shall not be considered applicable in any other cases.

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23.10.2019
LIFE—SAVING APPLIANCES INCLUDING LSA CODE 2017 EDITION

The latest official edition of one of the most important IMO publications - Lifesaving Appliances including LSA Code. The content of this regulatory document has been significantly released and updated in order to reflect all technical developments and experience gained for the past years, since the time when the previous edition of the book was released.

Traditionally, the publication opens with a short foreword followed by the International LSA Code with the content arranged in seven chapter covering general requirements applicable to LSA, personal LSA, visual signals, survival craft, rescue boats, launching/embarkation appliances and other LSA. The next part of the book contains the requirements for testing and evaluation of LSA including prototype tests, production and installation tests and three appendices with supplementary information.

The Code of practices for the evaluation, testing and acceptance of prototype novel LSA and arrangements has also been included. As you know, the LSA Code is mandated by Res. MSC.47(66) under SOLAS Reg. III/3.10. the content of this document is a must-know for every crew member and is one of the publications that shall be carried on the navigation bridge of every vessel.

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23.10.2019
CLEAN SEAS GUIDE FOR OIL TANKERS

The present Guide was prepared and released in accordance with the relevant technical requirements of the MARPOL Conventions and associated interpretations with the intention to be used together with them. Please note however that this paper is not dealing with the requirements related to the construction/equipment.

Under the Annex I of the Convention any discharge of oil or oil-containing mixture is prohibited from the oil tankers,  including the mixtures coming from the bilges located in the cargo pump rooms, within a distance of fifty nautical miles from the nearest land. In addition, the flow and concentration, as well as the quantity of the substances discharges anywhere else are also limited.

Obviously, the only way to ensure due compliance with these limitations is to adhere to the oil retention procedures. Those procedures would typically involve the collection and separation of any oily waters appearing as a result of tank cleaning/ballasting operations. These mixtures are to be accumulated in a special tanks to be subsequently disposed of somewhere ashore.

This volume is mainly concerned with these procedures and their application; the information contained in this document will be of great importance and practical use to the crew members as well as to all other personnel involved in the above stated operations.

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02.08.2019
VERIFIED GROSS MASS INDUSTRY FAQS

The content of the present compact but very informative publication was specifically developed to provide the responses to the most important issues in the maritime shipping industry, relating to the revised regulations and guidelines of the SOLAS convention. The amendments that have been made to this regulation did have a serious impact on the established operational practices there between different parties of the supply chain engaged in the maritime transportation of cargo containers.

While the provisions of the SOLAS convention relate to the ship safety at sea, we shall recognize that the activities ashore that are related to the cargo presentation are considered essential to the safe outcome while at sea. This collection of the frequently asked questions is dealing with the newly implemented rules concerning the verification of the cargo containers' gross mass.

No container shall be loaded without duly verified mass. There are two methods, as prescribed by the rules, using which t6he shippers can get the verified gross masses of their containers. The information contained in this booklet will be of practical interest to the people involved in transportation of cargo containers by sea.

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30.07.2019
OFFSHORE VESSEL OPERATIONS IN ICE AND/OR SEVERE SUB—ZERO TEMPERATURES

A very useful publication released by the OCIMF organization to aid all people engaged in the offshore operations in the colder regions of the world. The main declared purpose of the present document is to give charterers and operators of the OSVs, standing for the offshore support vessels, all required guidance to be applied when working in the severe sub-zero temperatures or ice conditions.

The paper contains the valuable technical recommendations embracing all ship types and services involved. In general, the content of the paper addresses all OSVs; however, the section 4.3 of the book will provide recommendations for the specific ship types. The conditions addressed in the pages of this document impacting the offshore operations in many parts of the world and make seamen face special risks requiring special considerations.

In some cases these areas are very remote and this presents additional difficulties; in some cases the special ice management provided by the third party shall take place. Among the topics that are covered by the authors there are ice information, winterization, major operational aspects, protection of the environment, damage control and others…

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12.07.2019
IBC CODE 2016

This is the official 2016 edition of the IMO IBC Code. The main declared purpose of the document is to provide the maritime shipping industry with the internationally recognized standard covering the safe transportation of the noxious liquid substances, i.e. NLS, and dangerous chemical substances in bulk form.

The provisions of the Code prescribe the standards that apply to the design and subsequent construction of the vessels carrying subject substances as well as the equipment that shall be carried on board in order to minimize any risk to the vessel, the crew members and marine environment. The content of the IBC Code is arranged in twenty-one chapters. The first one is introductory and pretty standard for most of the IMO-released publications.

It is followed by the chapters covering the survival capability of the vessel and cargo tanks location, arrangement of the ship including segregation of cargo, pump rooms, pumping and piping arrangements, ballast and bilge systems etc., cargo containment and transfer, construction materials, temperature control, venting and gas-freeing of the cargo tanks, electrical systems, fire protection/extinction arrangements, pollution prevention, human protection, instrumentation, applicable operational requirements, handling chemical wastes and other important areas.

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