05.10.2018
THE USE OF LARGE TANKERS IN SEASONAL FIRST—YEAR ICE AND SEVERE SUB—ZERO CONDITIONS

The main purpose of the present volume is to provide necessary guidance to the vetting/chartering groups and improve safety of tanker operations in geographical regions normally affected by such thing as the seasonal first-year ice - subject regions would include Barents, White and Baltic Seas, Sakhalin Island, Eastern Canada and Cook Inlet.

This guidebook should be primarily applied to the tankers with low or no ice class and having deadweight of fifty thousand tones or more. Note that the content of this document does not cover specialized or established ice trades utilizing high tonnage.

The charterers are recommended to limit the use of vessels with low or no ice class at all in the above stated areas as well as not to us the non-winterized vessels during sub-zero conditions defines as forecasted DMT, i.e. daily mean temperature of below fifteen degrees Celsius.

The opening section of the guide provides the information about risk assessment and vetting, professional commentary on the notations, engine power and winterization of vessels, navigation of large tankers in iced conditions, response to the oil spills and proficiency of the crew members of such ships. Some additional information is contained in the appendices, for example useful references.

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03.10.2018
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION SPECIFICATION FOR MARINE LOADING ARMS

The present publication was prepared and officially published by the OCIMF organization. The loading arms are ordered to be used for specific practical applications that required thorough and very accurate specifications as well as considerable assessment by the engineers. That is the reason why they should not be treated only as pre-fabricated hardware.

The document will provide the shipping industry with the minimum basic requirements applicable to the marine loading arms together with the ancillary equipment commonly used for the loading and discharge of the vessels and barges at the marine terminals arranged in conventional manner. Opening with the information the standards and practices generally applied to the design and construction, the content of the volume proceeds to the design details and technical requirements and materials.

The chapter dealing with the design covers the general information and stress analysis. The other sections address the swivels, structural bearings, ERS, standing for the emergency release systems, quick connect and disconnect couplers, hydraulic power system and electrical components, controls and accessories, testing and control of quality, recommended documentation and other important matters.

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30.09.2018
CASUALTY INVESTIGATION CODE 2008 EDITION

The official IMO publication. The content of the present Code builds on and incorporates all best practices in the investigation of marine casualties and incidents established in the previous release of the document. The publication is made of three major parts. The first part contains general provisions defining the purpose of the Code and shedding some light on application of the other two parts.

The second part of the book provides mandatory standards covering the investigation authority and notification, requirements to be complied with when investigating casualties of very serious character, co-operation and parallel investigations, getting the evidence from the seafarers, investigation reports, draft reports and other relevant matters.

The third part will provide readers with the recommended practices covering the principles of investigation, unlawful interference, evidence collection, confidentiality issues, administrative responsibilities, final and draft casualty investigation reports, protection provided to the witnesses and any other parties involved etc. The document also contains the Res. MSC.255(84) dealing with adoption of this Code. A needful document for any person engaged in the investigation of any marine casualty and/or incident.

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29.09.2018
CLEAN SHIPS, CLEAN PORTS, CLEAN OCEANS — CONTROLLING GARBAGE AND PLASTIC WASTES

The fifth annex to the MARPOL convention was ratified by American government in 1987. that same year the MPPRCA, standing for the Marine Plastic Pollution Research & Control Act was enacted. These document were intended to address the serious problem associated with the debris littering the world oceans, and one of the practices introduced at that time was restricting the throwing of the shipboard garbage overboard.

The garbage regulated by these documents includes solid wastes that are normally generated on board during normal ship operations and do not include sewage covered by the fourth annex. The present study will provide assistance to the ship owners, shop operators and crew members in getting their shipboard operations and management of the shipboard wastes in compliance with the relevant requirements of the above mentioned regulations.

It covers all aspects that shall be considered including sources and effects of the garbage generated on board ships, implementation of the hazard evolution model, shoreside garbage management, training and education matters, national strategy and many others. Note that the study will be equally interesting and practical to all vessels not limited to the ones operated in U.S. waters.

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28.09.2018
AMSA MEDICAL CARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS

The official guidelines issued by the AMSA, standing for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. Though the provisions of the present paper shall apply to the Australian vessels, the information contained in the document will be useful as a reference to any other ship. The standards related to the medical care of the seafarers are established by the MLC.

The publication starts with the general information followed by the medical carriage requirements including medicines and medical equipment. There is a separate chapter in this volume devoted to the ships engaged in transportation of the dangerous cargoes. The next chapter is dealing with the administration and storage of the medicals on board including their packaging and labeling, design and location of the shipboard medicine chest, inventory and medical log plus e-records.

You will also find all requirements applicable to the certification and inspection of the medicine chests and know the basic foreign drug regulations. The training and responsibilities have also been paid attention. Two annexes to the main content provide list of medicines and medical equipment. A must have publication on board any Australian ship and a recommended reference for all others.

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18.08.2018
IMDG CODE 2016

The present collection of files contains the IMDG Code 2016. It consists of two volumes of the Code itself supplemented with some additional information to be taken into consideration when applying the provisions of the IMDG Code. The main content of the IMDG Code has undergone significant changes over the past several years and its format has also been subjected to rearrangement.

This all was done in order to keep the Code in line with the rapidly expanding and developing maritime shipping industry. The Amdt. 38-16 contains the revisions made to the various parts of the IMDG Code including the requirements for transportation of the specific substances. The material of the Code is presented in two separate volumes and is arranged in seven parts.

The main body of the Code covers the general provisions, main definitions used in the document, security provisions and information on training of the personnel, classification of the dangerous goods carried on board ships, such as explosive, radioactive materials and others, packing and tank provisions, transport operations, consignment procedures etc.

There is a glossary of terminology provided in one of the appendices. Needless to say that the IMDG Code is a must-have publication on board every single ship engaged in the marine transportation of any dangerous goods.

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14.08.2018
BILGE WATER AND WASTE OIL OPERATION MANAGEMENT COURSE MANUAL

The content of the present training course has been designed specifically for the deck officers and engine room crew who are directly engaged in the operation and management of the bilge water treatment systems installed on board seagoing vessels. The idea of the program was to provide trainees with the necessary working knowledge of the current regulations and bilge water treatment techniques.

There are numerous practical exercises included in the body of the course to let trainees get better understanding of the bilge water operation and management with the main emphasis made on the bilge water treatment and its subsequent disposal. The program covers all relevant regulatory framework on oily water separators, treatment of the oily wastes generated on board ships, on-line monitoring systems and making entries to the ORB Part 1.

The trainees will get information about the port state control checks and site assessments, as well as of the role and attitude of the seafarers in connection with the environment protection and prevention of pollution. It will also be useful to the persons willing to upgrade their skills and knowledge and perform their duties in a better, safer and more efficient manner.

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13.08.2018
BASIC TRAINING MANUAL — IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE 2010 MANILA AMENDMENTS OF THE STCW CONVENTION

This is a nice and useful training tool developed and presented by the specialists of the Excellence & Competency Training Center. As it is stated in the title of the manual, its content is fully compliant with the latest amendments to the STCW Convention. The material of the book is arranged in four major parts.

The first part covers the emergency first aid giving all required information about the human body structure, basic principles of the emergency action, wounds and shocks, burns and bandaging, rescue and transfer of the people and basic life support.

The second part concentrates on the personal survival techniques including main principles of survival and evacuation, lifesaving appliances and arrangements on board ships, emergency situations, signaling equipment, personal lifesaving appliances such as lifejackets, lifebuoys and immersion suits etc.

The next part deals with the fire fighting and takes reader from the basic fire theory and fire tetrahedron, classification of fires, spread of fire and safe practices, fire prevention, detection and extinction. The last part addresses personal safety and social responsibilities including safe working practice, human relationships and communication onboard ships. transmission skills, SARS etc.

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