18.05.2020
ROUTE PLANNING WITH ECDIS

This training file is in fact not the actual video but rather a sort of presentation providing necessary information about planning the ship’s route using the ECDIS. It will be very good both for people wanting to get the general idea of what the electronic navigation means is, and also practicing navigators who need some more info on the practical use of the system.

They will get to the better understanding of the ways to comply with the relevant rules and regulations, and know how to use all the functions and features of the electronic navigation charts. The main emphasis has been made on the voyage planning. The main objective of it is to ensure that the vessel can be safely navigated from one port to another. For this, the most safe and favorable route shall be established for the vessel and, of course, the safety aspects shall be taken into account at the first place.

The navigators shall consider so many factors when developing the voyage plan – among those factors are the type of the cargo being carried on board, marine environment, reliability of the navigation charts available for the proposed plan, routing constraints, weather conditions, availability of the navigation aids and so many others.

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17.05.2020
PORT STATE CONTROL — TIGHTENING THE NET

Shipping is vital to the world economy, but it must be of a good standard and properly operated, so it is not to danger the crew, risk the cargo and damage the environment. Towards the end of the last century, a series of shipping incidents led to suspicions in Europe that poorly operated ships were escaping the net of the established regulatory bodies. Discussion began on inspecting ships in port under the SOLAS Convention.

It was clear that, to be effective, countries had to act together. So, in 1982 in Paris fourteen European countries signed the Memorandum of Understanding, an MOU on Port State Control. The Paris MOU currently includes twenty-seven countries. Other MOUs were established in the Asia-Pacific region, South America, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean, West Africa, the Black Sea and the Arabian Gulf.

Now, there are nine MOUs incorporating nearly 140 countries. The USCG also inspects ships under port state regulations. The objective of all these countries is to ensure that the ships entering their waters are properly maintained and properly run. Although port state control is intended to benefit the port states, it is benefit to both ships’ crews and ship operators. As soon as the ship is scheduled to arrive, the port state authority examines its records and recent MOU inspection history.

If the ship has had problems in the past or has not been inspected recently, it will go into selection list for inspection. Each MOU has its own method for selecting ships. Many look at the ship’s history and also its type. If it is of the type and age considered high risk, it will go on the selection list. If it is Flag State or Recognized Organization that has a poor record of detentions, the ship will go on the list.

If a complaint has been received, either from a previous port, a crew member or a pilot, that will also put the ship on the list. Once the ships have been selected, the port state control officers are assigned. The ship is not informed – they always arrive without warning. The objective of port state control is to ensure that all the ships passing through the port state waters, are operated according to international standards.

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15.05.2020
THE BEST SEAMANSHIP — A GUIDE TO DECK SKILLS (VIDEO)

This training video supplements the booklet on the deck skills. We recommend our visitors to download both training resources to get better training results. The arrangement of the materials in this video is aligned with the structure of the book. As it is clear from the title of both video and publication, they were developed specifically with the sailors in mind.

The materials contained therein have been carefully selected by the authors and will be of practical use both for the students and for the practicing sailors. The explanations are all very clear and understandable. While the publication provides the text descriptions and instructions to be followed, the video will show how exactly the particular practices shall take place. All you have to do is just to read and understand the descriptions in the book and then launch this video file and see how it looks – as we all know, there is nothing better for training than the visual aids.

According to the feedbacks from the students, this training set is one of the most effective training resources of those available today and that is the main reason why it has gained so much of popularity all around the world. Make sure you go through it and do not miss any section.

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10.11.2019
VESSEL GENERAL PERMIT (VIDEO)

This set of two training video supplements the training booklet. The whole program was developed by the Videotel with the idea to provide all people on board with the necessary information on the VGP. The first video will explain what the Vessel General Permit is and what ships shall do in order to reach full compliance. The second video will take the viewers through all applicable requirements for the various discharge streams.

The VGP itself is a permit to the implementation of the United States environmental regulations relating to the effluent discharges from merchant ships. Subject regulations apply to the vessels more that seventy-nine feet in length visiting American ports and operating in American waters. The Permit supplements the relevant provisions of MARPOL convention which is internationally applied and making a part of the legal system of the United Stated.

What it means is that the ships in US waters shall be in full compliance with all requirements of the MARPOL together with the VGP. The main purpose of the Permit is to raise due awareness of the discharges, enabling better water pollution control from all merchant fleet vessels in the United States waters.

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30.10.2019
SAFER MOORING

Mooring is a routine procedure. It involves huge stress on the lines and sometimes huge stress for the team. The operation is quickly done and forgotten most of the time. There is one way to help ensure safer mooring – good risk analysis and proper safety planning. Remember – better planning means safer mooring. Because precise data of the berth, weather and traffic conditions may not be available until the last moment, there may be little time to plan.

Many issues need to be considered. The increased risk of mooring at night must be allowed for. How experienced are the crew members involved? Have recent incidents been considered? Ask yourself – are you missing something? Never become complacent about planning the mooring. The next step is preparation. The members of the mooring team need to be informed about the plan.

Do they understand it and know what they are expected to do? In mooring operations complacency causes accidents. The correct personal protective equipment is an important part of proper preparation. Everyone must wear boots and gloves, hard hats with straps. Once at the mooring station, first check that the lines and equipment prepared are exactly those required by the mooring plan…

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31.07.2019
THE MOORING SERIES — SAFE MOORING PRACTICE

The last third part “The Mooring Series”, and this one addresses the safe mooring practices. We remind you to use the whole package consisting of two other videos dealing with the theory of mooring and maintenance of mooring systems, and associated booklet. Mooring is a routine operation on every ship. It is carried out by day or night, in good weather or bad, in winter and summer.

Because of the large forces involved in mooring operations, they do present a serious risk to the personnel’s safety. Good planning and briefing of personnel is very important to minimize these risks. Also, mooring teams must always work in their safety shoes and gloves, they must use the chin straps on their helmets, and they should avoid stepping on lines and must never stay in the snap back zones. Most importantly, they must always be aware of the operations going on around them.

Safe mooring is also the key to efficient cargo operations. The ship must be positioned correctly and held securely; however, the forces of wind and current may vary. Taking into account that the possible failure of the mooring system poses serious hazard, the first thing for the responsible officer to do is the risk assessment, considering any given circumstances at the mooring station. The assessment shall cover all mooring schemes that the ship is likely to encounter…

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31.07.2019
THE MOORING SERIES — MAINTENANCE OF MOORING SYSTEMS

This is the third part of the popular “The Mooring Series”. Note that the training set also includes two other videos and a booklet to be used together. The ship is heading out to sea. A voyage begins. The mooring system served well in port, and now wires and ropes are checked and stored waiting for the next entry to harbor. But the story is not as simple as that. The mooring system must work properly every time no matter in what conditions it is employed, no matter how much work and how to do when last in use, any damage suffered when it was last used must be put right.

A lot of planning and hard work is required to ensure that the ship’s mooring system is maintained in a good working order. Here we will describe some of the most important tasks that are involved in the mooring system maintenance. The planned maintenance system shall be established on all ships in line with the procedures outlines in their SMS. Essentially, all winches, ropes, wires, shackles, stoppers, and fairleads – in fact, the whole system requires periodic inspection and maintenance.

These would normally be carried out during a deep sea passage. In most cases, mooring winches are driven either by hydraulic or electrical power. During the routine maintenance, check that the heaving and slack out markings are clearly visible on the control system…

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30.07.2019
SHIPSHAPE — A GUIDE TO GOOD HOUSEKEEPING — 1 — ON DECK

This is the first part of a very useful three-video set. This part of the training is dealing with the housekeeping on deck. Two other parts of the training covers the housekeeping in the engine room, and housekeeping in the accommodation area and galley. Note that there is a training booklet accompanying videos. We do recommend you to go through the booklet as well as every video to have a full picture and duly understand the importance of a good shipboard housekeeping.

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