29.04.2019
FIRE SAFETY AT SEA

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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06.04.2019
PILOT LADDER MANUAL

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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17.03.2019
MARITIME ERROR MANAGEMENT — DISCUSSING AND REMEDIATING FACTORS CONTRIBUTORY TO CASUALTIES

The experienced ship deck officers and maritime attorneys truly consider both operational and organizational factors normally contributing to the maritime casualties. The results of the researches conducted by the well-recognized experts, and the knowledge that has been gained from more than forty years of working in the shipping industry, inform the present volume.

The publication will provide readers with an excellent and remarkably focused overview of the maritime shipping industry safety issues and will also suggest strategies for the risk management with their effectiveness proven from both the board room and wheelhouse.

The number of the topics covered in the book impresses - such important ones as bridge resource management and safety philosophy, decision making, situational awareness, electronic navigation and maritime risks have been addressed by the author. The readers say that the book offers a very well-researched approach to the maritime error management.

The author has compared the development of the ISM to the fact finding of maritime casualties. The content of the volume shows the huge experience of the author who has provided clearly understandable explanation of the materials.

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15.03.2019
OFFSHORE SUPPLY SAFETY

Working on board any OSV, i.e. offshore supply vessel, is normally very intensive job which is also highly demanding of all people involved, including ratings, officers and personnel. The difficulties associated with the work offshore include long hours of work, hazardous shipboard operations, harsh weather, slipper deck surface and many others.

The shipboard personnel shall be duly aware of the established procedures and follow them at all times in order to improve the chances to stay safe. The PPE, i.e. personal protective equipment, is mandatory for use. The content of this training booklet is made of five major modules. The first two modules are dealing with loading and discharging bulk cargoes as well as handling deck cargo.

The preparation and operation inside the five hundred meter zone is covered in the third module. The last two modules address the personal safety of the crew members on deck and the common problems relating to the tiredness and fatigue. Four appendices to the main part of the volume contain checklists for the wet and dry bulk transfer, 500-metre safety zone checklist, and usage of the VHF radios. This booklet is most useful when used together with the video training on the same topic and we recommend you to check both.

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25.02.2019
PIRACY AND ARMED ROBBERY

This is just a very compact but quite informative booklet addressing the most important aspects of marine piracy and armed robbery, known to be one of the most critical hazards of the modern international maritime shipping industry. The figures officially released by the IMB, standing for the International Maritime Bureau, reveal that the aggregate number of the attacks made by the maritime pirates keeps increasing.

The job of the seafarers is very tough and this risk adds to the difficulties faced by them during the voyages. Apart from the people who are under direct attack, the shipping companies are also affected every time the maritime piracy or robbery act takes place. It is absolutely necessary for the companies to do everything possible to provide safety of the each crew member on their vessels.

The booklet will give you some brief insight into the modern piracy and areas of high risk, three areas of best practice including preparation, containment and recover, and also some future prospects. We would highly recommend you to use this booklet together with the excellent video training set also available here, to get the maximum use of the materials contained in each source.

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22.01.2019
MARITIME SAFETY — RESULTS FROM THE TRANSPORT RESEARCH PROGRAMME

The main content of this compact yet quite useful and comprehensive brochure was prepared by the members of the EXTRA Consortium and is intended to represent their views on the research related to the problems of maritime safety. The booklet opens with the explanation of the actual need for such research in today's world. It should be clearly understood that the waterborne transport facilities are considered key players in the global economics and also a really fundamental instrument.

More that seventy percent of the total external trade of the EU and about thirty percent of the Union's internal trade are handled by ships. And we all understand that the maritime transport of today represents an excellent alternative to the road and rail traffic options. However, the ongoing growth in the maritime traffic shall be supported by the effective transport chains capable of linking the maritime shipping industry to the onshore destinations...

The publication covers the most important aspects of today's maritime shipping industry and will be interesting to the people willing to be updated with the ongoing trends and happening within the industry with particular focus on the safety issues.

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17.10.2018
LARGE SCALE RESCUE OPERATIONS AT SEA

The material presented in the pages of this guidebook is mainly intended to be used as the the advisory to the shipping companies. The publication was first released in 2014 in response to the huge number of migrants who attempted to reach Europe and required rescue by the crew members of the merchant ships there in the Mediterranean sea.

This is a second edition of the publication featuring significantly revised and updated content taking into account the recent practical experience gained by the crew members, Masters and shipping companies. It is supported by the most recognized industry organizations such as Intertanko, ASF, ITF, Intermanager and others.

More than a thousand of merchant ships have been involved in the rescue operations since the time when the crisis in the region started to escalate. They assisted with the successful rescue of more than fifty thousand people. It is not a secret that the shipping industry of today is facing a need to conduct even larger scale rescue operations.

Though the conventional merchant vessels are not commonly well suited to conduct the rescue operations of such scale, it is quite likely that they will continue to be approached by RCCs. This document will provide assistance to the shipping companies with identifying and properly addressing particular issues that may be faced by their ships during such operations...

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08.10.2018
GOOD PRACTICE FOR SHIPPING COMPANIES AND MANNING AGENTS FOR THE HUMANITARIAN SUPPORT OF SEAFARERS AND THEIR FAMILIES

The maritime piracy together with the armed robbery are considered two maybe the most serious threats affecting the international maritime shipping community of today. Regretfully, it takes place everywhere and not only off Somalia or South China Sea.

Though numerous military and diplomatic initiatives have been already undertaken by many countries and despite all protective measures adopted by the ship operators, ship owners and managers, the ships are still attacked and the seafarers on board are regularly put at risk when working in the international waters.

The United Nations in cooperation with the IMO has recognized that much more should be done in order to provide necessary support not only to the seafarers but also to their families. Since the seafarers play a key role in such incidents, the appropriate preparation activities are considered integral to their health and well-being - and they are equally important to their family members.

Duly recognizing all above mentioned factors, the partner organizations represented by the ship owners and managers, ship agents, insurers and ship agents collaborating with the major inter-governmental entities, have established the Humanitarian Response Program...

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