11.11.2019
MARITIME TERROR — PROTECTING YOURSELF, YOUR VESSEL, AND YOUR CREW AGAINST PIRACY

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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03.11.2019
LIFEBOATS OF THE WORLD — A POCKET ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SEA RESCUE

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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30.07.2019
SECURITY ONBOARD — TRAINING, MEASURES, NEW REQUIREMENTS

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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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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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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