The material presented within this course was mainly intended to give ship Masters and Chief Engineers as well as officers some good training on the chemical tanker operations. It will be useful to all people assigned immediate responsibility for such operations including, but not limited to cargo loading and discharging, cargo handling, and caring of the cargo during transit period etc.

All critically important aspects have been covered, e.g. safety on board chemical tankers, protection of the marine environment, established operational practices and the obligations imposed by the applicable regulatory framework. The publication contains all course handouts and can be used in the classroom as well as for the self-study.

Twelve chapters of the coursebook cover absolutely all aspects of the operations, from chemistry and physics, associated hazards, design of the chemical tankers, and cargo contamination to the cargo handling systems used on board, shipboard safety, pollution prevention, ballasting and de-ballasting operations, ship-shore interface and others. The text is full of supplementary information including glossary of commonly user terminology.

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The main declared objective of this training program consisting of the present booklet and supplementing video training lesson, is to provide ship masters and crew members with some essential knowledge of the VGP, i.e. Vessel General Permit. First of all, we will look into what the VGP is at all and why there was a need to introduce it.

Then we will check what VGP means for the ships and what exactly ship crew should do with respect to the established management procedures, inspections, necessary corrective actions, reporting practices, record keeping, and of course training. Particular attention has been paid to the compliance issues and importance has been duly underlined.

The document contains a brief summary of the things to be implemented to reach compliance with the five general requirements of the VGP and twenty-six effluent discharges. It should be noted, however, that this program cannot cover every single element of the VGP and is there for introductory and training purpose only.

The trainees are encouraged to refer to the Final Permit. However, when used together, the training set will make a good contribution to the professional knowledge of those involved in the maritime shipping industry.

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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 is another training set for the mariners. Here they will find brilliantly developed instructions on the proper mooring techniques. The training package consists of this booklet and three videos covering the theory of mooring, safe mooring practice, and maintenance of mooring systems. Of course, different ships have different mooring equipment installed on board, but the content of this package provides so-called best practice procedures for the safe mooring that would be applicable to the ships of any type.

Go through the material in the booklet very carefully and watch all three videos, and you will get to the better understanding of the difference between equipment, proper handling of the mooring operations, hazards commonly associated with carrying out mooring tasks etc. Pay particular attention to the case studies.

Effective and safe mooring operations require good understanding of the theory of mooring, starting with the forces that act on the ship and their application to the lines and mooring equipment. All of that information is presented in the booklet and videos in a very understandable format. Note that there are numerous test questions to track the progress of the students, and the assessment answers.

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The opening part of the “The Mooring Series”, devoted to the theory of mooring. Start with this one but also get two other parts dealing with the safe mooring practice and maintenance of mooring systems, plus a booklet. As a ship approaches port, officers and crew members shall prepare for mooring. When berthed, the ship’s mooring system must help ensure the ship’s safety and enable the cargo operations to proceed smoothly.

The purpose of mooring is to ensure that the ship lies securely and in correct position of the berth relative to the loading arms or cargo handling facilities no matter how the wind, waves or currents may affect her. In this video, we will look at the various forces the mooring scheme must withstand; the mooring at buoys will not be considered. The forces that act on a ship’s hull at the berth can be considered as having two components – transverse forces trying to move the ship away from, or toward the berth, and longitudinal forces trying to move the ship along the berth, forward or aft.

These forces may be caused by wind or by the movement of water, such as underwater currents, wave motion, and swell from passing vessels. Wherever possible, berths are designed to minimize the transverse forces. In practice, however, changing wind, tide, and sea conditions mean that such forces may present a load on the ship’s hull from any direction, effectively reinforcing or counteracting each other…

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Have a close look into this training package covering the most important aspects of a good shipboard housekeeping. The training set consists of this booklet supplemented with three excellent and very informative videos, addressing the housekeeping on deck, in the engine room, and in the accommodation and galley. The main objective of the authors was to raise the due awareness of the significance of housekeeping and demonstrate how a good housekeeping could be achieved.

The good shipboard procedures for the planned maintenance of any ship will definitely ensure that the structure and equipment of that ship are duly maintained; however, the housekeeping embraces much more areas including timely identification and remediation of the existing deficiencies using the available resources. The ultimate aim is to keep the ship safe and efficiently working at all times.

The housekeeping is a team effort and an integral part of the behavior-based safety, requiring constant safety awareness of all crew members and their vigilance. Their combined efforts will eventually result in operation of the vessel in compliance with the highest standards of seamanship. Though the overall responsibility is with the Master of the ship, every single person on board shall pay close attention to the shipboard housekeeping.

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This is the second part of training set made of three parts, and this particular one addresses the housekeeping matters as applied to the engine room. There are two more parts and they cover the housekeeping on deck and in the accommodation area and galley. In addition, there is a very valuable training booklet with the content supplementing these videos. If you download all videos and a booklet and go through them very carefully, you will get to know everything you need to know about shipboard housekeeping.

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The watchkeeping both in port and at sea is considered the fundamental duty of any deck officer who normally receive a mandatory training related to the watchkeeping starting from their very first day on board. However, this training shall be supplemented by the learning and valuable advice received from the senior officers. There used to be no text covering the responsibilities and duties of the watchkeeping officers until the relevant resolution was released by IMO.

The IMO guidelines, in turn, were of quite general nature and as such could not be treated as completely covering all required details. The author of the present publication took into consideration the significant role played by the formal education and understood the need for the volume duly specifying all the aspects of the nautical watchkeeping.

The content of this well arranged publication addresses all important topics. The text reflects the huge practical experience of the author. The modern seamanship is one of the areas where the changes happen very frequently, this would include different vessels and people of different nationalities working on them, different shipboard equipment and applicable legislation etc.

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