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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02.10.2018
CONTEMPORARY PIRACY AND MARITIME TERRORISM — THE THREAT TO INTERNATIONAL SECURITY

Since the world's oceans are largely unregulated spaces, they are particularly vulnerable to the attacks by maritime pirates. we all know that the maritime piracy and terrorism present a very serious threat to the international maritime shipping industry and they are normally combined, going together in most cases.

The maritime piracy itself is considered a marginal issue; however we shall say that the piracy taken together with the wide criminal networks and also with the corruption makes it even more threatening.

The content of the present study report is fully devoted to the contemporary piracy and is intended to provide all participants of the shipping industry with the information that could help them in getting better understanding of the current situation.

The two opening chapters of the publication provide brief introduction to the piracy and terrorism; they are followed by the chapter dealing with the threat assessment, where the author tells readers about the current maritime disorder and what initiatives are there to tackle it. The cooperation between terrorists and criminal world is addressed within a separate part of the book. Particular attention has been paid to the maritime insurgency and many other aspects considered important by the author.

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26.09.2018
A TIME BOMB FOR GLOBAL TRADE — MARITIME—RELATED TERRORISM IN AN AGE OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

This book is devoted to the maritime-related terrorism deservedly considered one of the most dangerous threats of the shipping industry of today. In fact this work is very important and timely. There are so many industry experts and government officials asking lots of questions about this problem, however there is a significant gap in the information and policy proposals.

Subject problem is particularly crucial in the Southeast Asian region taking into account that Singapore and Malacca are both critically important waterways. In the pages of his book, the author provides interested readers with the examination of the main causes and also solutions to the maritime trade safety which is being threatened.

According to the reviews provided by the readers this volume is highly informative and shall be definitely recommended to every single person in the industry since the safety and security matters are equally important to everyone involved.

Read this book and you will know what shall be done and what is actually being done in order to counter threats associated with the terrorism and check the effectiveness of the safeguards. The major threats have been discussed together with their impact and security measures proposed.

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05.09.2018
COMP EX HAZARDOUS AREAS COURSE

Here is the sixth edition of the training course developed to introduce the trainees to the fundamental operating techniques and procedures. It is also going to give them required guidance to working with the electrical tools in hazardous environments. The importance of and demand for the appropriate training in this area is absolutely evident.

All persons working in such conditions shall have full understanding of the safe working practices and be duly competent in the procedures. The whole content of the course has been arranged in fourteen units. The first unit covers general principles including the nature of various flammable substances, temperature coding, gas grouping and ingress protection, and area classification.

The second unit is devoted to the standards, marking and certification. The rest and actually the main body of the course is dealing with the different methods of protection, wiring systems and ignition sources, inspections and maintenance conducted in accordance with the provisions of BS EN60079-17 standard, validation testing, safe isolation and PTW system. There are two appendices covering the reading of labels and providing data for the flammable substances for use with the electrical tools.

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25.06.2018
SAFETY IN DOCKS — APPROVED CODE OF PRACTICE AND GUIDANCE

The present ACOP, i.e. Approved Code of Practice together with the guidance are covering all important aspects of safety during the docking operations. The intention is to assist people assigned duty to provide compliance with the relevant provisions of the recognized standards, acts and regulations. These would typically include people controlling the dock facilities, suppliers of various plant and equipment, managers and employers. safety officers, representatives and others.

The content of this code of practice has originally been developed to duly address safety matters with the main focus made on assisting duty holders in easily getting the understanding of the fundamental requirements required to comply with the Health & Safety as Work Act plus other statutory documents. It will also provide industry with the detailed guidance prepared by the experts, giving some valuable practical advice on getting in compliance with the law to all parties involved.

You will just have to follow the advice and instructions provided in this guidebook and this will be enough to reach all required compliance. Though following the guidance given herein is not mandatory, it is highly recommended to ensure compliance.

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27.05.2018
SOLAS TRAINING MANUAL — LIFESAVING APPLIANCES & SURVIVAL TECHNIQUES

An absolutely useful publication that shall be possessed on board every single ship. The manual has been designed to be suitable on board any type of vessels including domestically and internationally operating vessels. The content is fully compliant with the Reg. 36 of SOLAS requiring ships to carry the Training Manual.

The purpose of the publication is to provide all crew members with all required information covering the shipboard lifesaving appliances and also survival techniques; it also explains the meanings of each alarm on board ship. Every effort has been made by the authors to provide readers with the duly updated information they shall be aware of including all applicable standards and regulations.

The document is intended to be used as a reference book for the crew members who are assigned a duty to instruct others in the use of the shipboard lifesaving equipment, survival methods and abandonment procedures. It should be placed in each of the mess rooms and recreation rooms and be readily available to all people on board.

Twelve sections of the training manual address emergency response and survival crafts, PPE, i.e. personal protective equipment, and launching appliances, radio equipment and pyrotechnics, survival techniques and recovery from water, search and rescue operations and other aspects considered important.

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24.05.2018
GUIDE FOR TANKERS OPERATING IN ASIA AGAINST PIRACY AND ARMED ROBBERY INVOLVING OIL CARGO THEFT

The content of the present guide was developed by the world leading experts in the field with the ultimate intention to facilitate secure and safe seas and improve overall safety in the maritime shipping industry. The authors of the volume made a excellent and very successful attempt to provide the industry with the illustration on the current threat of maritime piracy as well as the armed robbery against vessels in Asian region, with the particular emphasis placed on the incidents that involve the oil cargo theft.

Another goal was to provide required assistance to the ships trying avoid such incidents. It will also cover the port-incident management. The publication will be great when used as a supplement to any national guidebook on armed robbery and maritime piracy. The authors of the volume have taken into account the occurrence of the above mentioned incidents on all types of vessels both at ports and sat sea.

The main body of the publication has been arranged in eight major sections covering the threats to the mariners and established effective ship protection measures, vessels under attack, security planning considerations, risk factors, post-incident reporting etc. It is supplemented with several annexes providing additional information on the reporting forms, definitions, partner organizations and voluntary reporting.

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