As we all know, transferring personnel from one ship to another or from the ship to the offshore platform and back is one of the integral parts of the offshore work. Such transfer can be accomplished in many different ways. The present publication by Videotel, supplemented with an excellent video, will concentrate on the method of transfer using the transfer baskets. This method has proven safe and effective; however, in order to complete the transfer safely, you will need to understand the basics of the process and familiarize yourself with the safety precautions and procedures to be followed.

The contents of the booklet is arranged in several chapters covering the roles and responsibilities of all parties involved in the transfer process, the equipment used for the transfer including the parts, preparation to be made prior to the commencement of any transfer operation, procedures developed for the safe transfer, and checklist that are normally used to evaluate the preparedness of the personnel and operators for the transfer. The ship to ship transfer using basket is actually considered more hazardous due to the both vessels moving in relation on to another and this would require even more attention to be paid to the safety side of the process.

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As we know, there are two Cods introduced by the IMO as a result of so many maritime accidents including shipboard casualties and marine pollution prevention, namely ISM Code and STCW Code. Their timely introduction to the shipping industry was aimed to focus the attention of all people involved to the critical importance of the safety standards. In this book, the authors have addressed the maritime safety through proper and thorough examination of the human factors.

Note that is not prepared to be a sort of purely academic reference book even though some academic arguments addressing the behavioral safety are included. We would rather say that this book will be great when applied as a practitioner’s book containing useful texts that would be interesting for all people working on board as well as to the supporting personnel ashore and operating companies.

All maritime professionals duly caring about the safety of life at sea and prevention of the marine environment pollution will definitely find the content of this publication useful. Starting with the brief historical background, then author has proceeded to literally all important aspects of the maritime safety making the book an absolutely excellent volume with a truly remarkable coverage of the topics.

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Unfortunately, maritime casualties occur on a regular basis and they have serious ramifications all around the planet. And this takes place even though the ships of today are equipped with the anti-collision technologies and modern navigational equipment to prevent such cases.

The present publication was prepared by the recognized expert and every effort was made by the author to illustrate that the causes for these casualties are not limited to the malfunctioning shipboard navigational equipment and that they are often caused due to the human error.

In addition, the content of the book demonstrates the necessity of proper planning ahead. Among other reasons there are also non cross-checking of the ship’s position information with the relevant systems and too much of reliance to the sophisticated state of the art electronic technologies and information provided by them.

Plus, the apathy arising from the hours and hours of uneventful and boring watchstanding is also considered one of the factors contributing into the possibility for the casualty to occur. We recommend the publication to all those interested in the provision of safety of their ships through analysis of the maritime casualties and their possible reasons.

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Traveling by water nowadays is not problem-free. In fact there are several problems associated with it and most of them are relating to the safety and security. The recent cases of attacks and theft from the passenger ships and yachts showed the increase of the maritime piracy in Asian waters. In addition to that, the problem of stowaways also shows the existing difficulties for the modern seamanship.

It happens quite often that seamen face these problems being unprepared. The maritime piracy is considered a worldwide problem of today, however this is not the only problem encountered. Another problem is the maritime terrorism. The present publication was written in order to assist all modern sailors in making sure that their adventure of sailing does not end up with a catastrophe.

The information provided by the author will be useful to those seriously caring about the safety and security of their vessels and people on board. The book will take the readers all the way from the basic information on contemporary maritime terrorism, through evaluation of the hazards to the fundamentals of the maritime defense. Numerous checklists have been included for the necessary checks to be done when preparing to the voyage.

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This one of the best publications on the lifeboats of those available today. As we all know, the lifeboats are deservedly considered the critically important lifesaving arrangements on board ships and offshore installations. That is why thorough knowledge and good understanding of their construction, technical features, launching and handling is an absolutely must have knowledge for every single person on board any ship.

Even though declared to be of a pocket size, the present encyclopedia boasts remarkably comprehensive coverage. The author makes an excellent tour through the different lifeboat designs. The lifeboats are grouped by the countries where they have been developed and manufacture. In addition to that, there is a separate chapter included by the author to shed some light on the most famous lifeboat disaster.

Once you have read subject chapter, you will get feel why it is so important to know and understand the lifesaving equipment you have on board – the proper and timely response to an emergency would be impossible without such knowledge. The book is full of detailed and informative color images which will be appreciated even by the people outside the industry as they make reading much more interesting.

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At any given time and throughout the whole world, in any weather there are many pilots transiting to or from ships they are engaged in order to provide safe navigation from one point to another. Each of them must be embarked and disembarked in a safe manner. The transfer operations can normally be completed in numerous ways and each of these ways includes some degree of risks.

It is absolutely critical that people involved in the transfer operations are duly aware of the dangers associated with the transfer. That is why they shall all receive a good and thorough training irrespective of the method of transfer that has been chosen. Embarkation and disembarkation of the pilots would normally take place with the ship being either underway or alongside; however, it may also occur at the anchorage. For the purpose of pilot transfer the accommodation ladder, crane basket, vehicle ramp or other methods can be used.

The present publication provides readers with all required information about the pilot ladders, covering the general responsibilities of all parties involves in the transfer operation, construction of the ladders, securing the pilot ladder and providing the safe access to the ship deck, supervision etc. Shipside doors and combination ladders have been addressed separately. The book closes with the chapters on the associated equipment and lighting.

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The document released by the Merchant Marine Academy of Macedonia. The publication covers the most important aspects of maritime security of today. The author of the dissertation made an excellent effort in trying to provide readers with the information relating to the onboard security in the modern shipping industry. He has performed a thorough analysis of the counter-piracy measures and their effectiveness.

In addition, the author has also addressed the problem of stowaways and gave some recommendations on how to prevent stowaways on board ships. Another matter taken into consideration was the drug smuggling and again some guidelines have been provided that, when applied, would help to eliminate the problem. The paper opens with the brief information about the top governing document, namely the ISPS Code together with the scope, requirements and national implementation of its requirements.

A big portion of the publication is devoted to the newly introduced requirements applicable to the security training to be provided to all shipboard personnel. This is not a textbook on maritime security and it has never meant to be it, but the volume will be useful when treated as a supplementary training material and reference.

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There is no any single volume in the world that could fully cover the whole scope of fire protection; in fact the IMO documents alone are occupying so many reams of regulatory material. This publication is mainly comprised of selected relevant materials that would definitely be of primary interest and even necessity for all people involved in maritime activities; in addition, some useful references have been listed there in the book for persons looking for the further supplementary information.

The ultimate purpose of this volume was to provide all interested parties with the information related to the equipment and various systems that are commonly fund on board of marine vessels. James Cowley, who is the author of the present book, has made the reference to several specific vessel casualties, the details of which have also been included. However, it should be noted that only the publicly available casualty details have been included, since many shipping companies and Flag authorities would prefer not to see subject casualties mentioned anywhere.

The main idea is to prevent the future casualties, using the lessons and experience gained in the casualties that have already happened. The particular emphasis has been made on the structural fire protection as, in the author's opinion, its principles and associated limitations are not understood well enough...

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