This technical publication was prepared by Michael Hancox and subsequently published by Oilfield Publications Ltd.; it belongs to the famous "The Oilfield Seamanship" series of publications. As the name of the document implies, this one is dedicated to the anchor handling techniques, i.e. to the one of the most important sides of the commonly conducted offshore operations.

Apart from the opening introductory chapter, the book includes parts covering equipment layout and function, running and retrieving anchors, rigging for anchor handling operations, handling chains, support mooring operations, bat-barge cooperation, equipment maintenance, safety procedures etc.

The publication is expected to be of great practical use to ship Masters and, in fact, every crew member involved in the anchor handling operations at the oilfields as it describes in detail all related operations from the AHTS view point offering quite fresh look at this matter. The content of the volume is covering the majority of the offshore operations but it should be noted that the methods that have been described here are not only considered means some particular aim. Numerous shortcuts provided by the author will definitely be appreciated by all participants of the subject activities.

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As we all know, there had been too many losses of the vessels, in some cases even without any traces, transporting solid cargoes in bulk form; in addition to that, numerous tragic losses of human lives took place in late-nineties. As a result of that, the IMO Assembly did request the MSC, standing for the Maritime Safety Committee, to work on the development of technical requirements that would apply to the design and construction of the aforementioned ships as well as surveys on board those ships and periodic maintenance.

Their efforts resulted in the present publication containing the important mandatory/non-mandatory technical guidelines and performance standards to be complied with at all times. Five major areas have been covered in the pages of this volume, namely guidelines to be used when selecting, applying and maintaining the shipboard corrosion prevention systems applied inside the dedicated salt water tanks, standards applicable those tanks of the double-skin carriers, covering of the void spaces in oil tankers and bulk carriers. The fourth part contains provisions related to the permanent shipboard access means, while the last one is dealing with the periodic technical maintenance and repair of the coatings.

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Here is some pure classics and another piece of treasure for anyone with the deep interest in navigation. The old schoolers will greatly benefit from this book which is one of the most rarely found publications of all available today. The author has presented the materials trying to avoid any complicated mathematical theory that would make the understanding of the subject more difficult, especially for the newcomers to the world of ship navigation.

The contents of the book cover all information that you would need to improve your knowledge of the celestial navigation. Needless to say that it will make sense for everyone to have a good and sound understanding of the underlying fundamentals, even in today’s world of electronic navigation means. In fact, the book will be suitable even to the students with no superficial theoretical background, they will just have to go through the chapters one by one, reading them carefully and making notes.

Numerous illustrations and data tables are supplementing the text part of the publication and shall be referred to during the study. Even though the book was originally published at the beginning of the twentieth century, we all understand that the theory of the celestial navigation remained unchanged so the book is really actual today.

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The present training resource has been specifically published for the young officers who are aspiring to get to the position of the Chief Officer. It will also be useful to the people just promoted to this position. It is a very practical publication which is mainly dealing with the real world of the ocean and vessels rather than purely theoretical; the authors have discussed different important problems that are commonly encountered by the Chief Officers of the vessels in their day-to-day operations.

In fact, there are many publication available today, teaching the students the proper way to perform the numerous tasks that are making up their professional duties. All of them are very helpful when used for the professional training; however, the most important issue is to try to learn how to correctly blend the possible and proper in order to produce a desired feasible result getting us and the vessel through the unscathed days.

That is why we would highly recommend this training course for all people in the industry and definitely to all desiring to become Chief Officers. The content of the volume starts with the description of the position and main responsibilities and duties assigned, and then covering all aspects of Chief Officer's work on board.

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This manual is expected to provide the ship designer, shipbuilders and all personnel involved in ship operation with the technical knowledge and guidance required to properly determine the design practices for the safe mooring of their vessel at the wharves and fixed piers in sea ports and harbors.

The huge and technically complex vessels of today featuring significant wind exposure and deep drafts are posing serious mooring challenges to the masters, ship designers and pilots. the mooring incidents, should they occur, are commonly very costly - such incidents have already emphasized the demand for much better understanding of the fundamental mooring design principles.



     It should be noted that none of the existing standards or construction codes specifically address the design of the mooring/berthing facilities. The present manual is aimed to give the required background in order to make sure that the designed mooring structures are technically sound and reliable, i.e. to assure that they will provide a safe berth for the ships.



The content of the Manual covers such important topics as the basic design requirements, various operational considerations, mooring principles, fender systems, hardware and fittings, equipment, maintenance issues, forces acting on the vessel and many other important aspects.



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This book covers the knowledge of shipboard operations required by candidates for professional qualification as Chief Officer and Master Mariner. The main content of the publication developed by the recognized industry expert is dealing with the essentials routines and established procedures to be followed when handling such operations. In addition, the basis regulatory framework governing these operations has been covered in detail since compliance with all applicable rules and regulations shall be ensured for the safe ship operation.

The volume is intended to be used as the fundamental information source when preparing for the relevant official examinations. All recent technical developments have been covered in this second edition of the book with particular attention paid to the international regulations introduced since the original edition had been released. Note that all major types of vessels have been covered so the book will be useful to the people working on board any ship.

The operational safety aspects have been covered in a separate chapter considering the utmost importance of this particular aspect, and same relates to the associated legislation. Talking of the ship maintenance, the author has decided to deal with the corrosion prevention and planned maintenance. Then, the oil tankers have been dealt with in detail, especially the cargo and routing operations. In short, you will have everything you need to know in the pages of this book.

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The handling and piloting of vessel is something about the individual understandings of the people, based on their practical knowledge. This book written by professional Captain shall be used as a very useful addition to the other materials covering this subject. The text of the publication is remarkably easy to understand and in some cases has been delivered in a form of anecdotes, to make reading more pleasant.

However, the contents of the volume will be useful even for the professional mariners as going through it will let them refresh their knowledge and skills that they might have forgotten. Of course, no one can learn the experience from the book and it is mainly the outcome of the years of doing things either right or wrong – what you do is that you try to avoid repeating the mistakes and you do your best to remember what was done right.

There are many chapters in this book and the author will take the readers from the basic information of handling vessels, through all technical aspects, covering literally everything they should be aware of, up to and including the responsibilities of the pilot related to the vessel and to the port authorities. We recommend this publication to all mariners and students due to the comprehensiveness of coverage and reader-friendliness.

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The present publication belongs to the popular Master's Guide series by The Standard Club. Any ship handler shall have a clear understanding of what is actually happening with the ship under his command - not only that but also, and maybe more important - what will happen with the ship in a short time.

The proper knowledge of the theoretical basics will make it easier to identify the maneuvering characteristics of the ship and quickly evaluate the skills required to control the ship. Such knowledge is considered critically important in a harbor environment when the vessel encounters narrow channels, cross-winds, currents and close quarters situations. In fact, berthing shall be treated as the culmination moment of any voyage - this is the very moment when the ship is mating with a stationary and solid berth.

That is why it requires gentle and precise control which is demonstrated by the ship handlers in harbors all over the world every day. Most of the vessels dock safely most of the time, however the final outcome of the maneuver chosen and conducted by the ship handler is not always fully successful - this may eventually result in a ship demolishing jetties, hitting berths running aground and even colliding with other ships - and this actually happens at a really alarming frequency...

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