The present officially released Guidance was developed to set out the declared policy of the Government related to the use of the armed guards on board UK vessels, the importance of performing full risk assessments prior to taking any decisions to their use, as well as the circumstances under which shipping companies might consider use of guards, factors to consider and include in the contracts between PMSC and shipping companies, issues relating to the proper storage of firearms and their handling, demonstrate how to produce a counter-piracy plan, command and control security teams, and, in general, provides readers with necessary information in this regard.

It is highly recommended for the officers of the vessels flying the flag of the United Kingdom to be in possession of this regulatory document especially in case if their intended voyage implies passing through the waters where the vessel and crew members may be under danger.

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The author of this third release of the world popular volume have declared its main objective as providing the industry with the expanded and updated information about the current practices of process safety management as well as significant technical engineering improvements which occurred since the time of the original publication of this handbook.

In the meantime, the main goal remains unchanged - it is to provide people with a thorough understanding of all fire and explosion dangers at various facilities of the oil and gas industry and in fact any others; this volume should be used as a very practical source of general reference material for all people facing fire protection issues that can be practically applied; it shall also serve as a reminder for the identification of unexpected hazards commonly existing at a facility.

It is definitely a must have reference guideline for those individuals who are involved with fire/explosion protection and prevention. What is very important, the author is presenting valuable insights into the protection principles philosophy, making it easier for the people to understand where they are actually originating from. All important aspects have been covered including fire/explosion-resistant systems, alarm and detection systems, effective fire suppression methods etc.

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This nice and informative training booklet was prepared by M. Hanif Dewan, Senior Engineering Lecturer in the IMA, standing for the International Maritime Academy in Bangladesh last year.

Contents as follows: Fire; Fire hazards and sources; Types of fires; Fire triangle; Fire spread; Conduction; Radiation; Convection; Fire hazards in engine room, galley, accommodation; Fire hazards from cargoes; Four phases of fire development; Methods of fire detection; Automatic fire detection systems; Manual Fire Detection - Pull Stations; Automatic Detectors – Spot type, photoelectric, inonisation, heat/thermal, rate-of-rise, combination; Smoke and flame detectors; Air sampling; Maintenance and testing; Notification and alarming appliances; Fire Alarm Circuit Classes; Additional Fire Alarm Terminology; Fire extinguishing methods and agents; Fire fighting systems; Fire main; International shore connection; Automatic fire sprinklers.

As you can see, the authors has managed to cover, in a single volume, all critically important aspects of fire protection together with the means of detection and extinguishing of the fire that has already occurred. The information presented in the booklet is a must-know for every single crew member and any other persons on board as it is directly relating to the safety of the vessel and people on board.

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This is the first part of the Entry into Enclosed Spaces training by Videotel. The training course covers the overview of the enclosed spaces and associated hazards, managing the entry to the enclosed spaces, some exercises, resources, and a number of assessment questions with answers.

This part of the safety training course has been specifically devoted to the Awareness and is actually intended to make the readers duly understand what the confined/enclosed spaces are and get to know the real hazards of entering such spaces, recognize the enclosed spaces on their vessels and know when it might appear necessary to enter, gain some necessary awareness of the safeguards etc.

One cannot overestimate the importance of having a clear understanding of all these aspects as they may eventually save a human life which is priceless and well worth spending come time reading the relevant safety documents and watching videos.

For example, the present training booklet is best when supplemented by this video film for better understanding - this one will be perfect for the people relatively new to the industry and willing to get some visual training in addition to the information obtained from the books.

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The conte t of this document reflects the results of the combined efforts by the parties of the COESS Working Committee Maritime Security which took place in 2008. The mainly covered areas are the ISPS Code and associated legislation including the IMO, SOLAS Convention, other legislation, electronic security equipment including the emergency centre, interior/exterior security systems, metal detectors, scanners, alarm/warning systems, advantages and disadvantages of different electronic means, communication, detection systems etc., checking persons, suppliers and visitors, body-searching, announced/unannounced visitors, competencies of the officers etc., security plan covering its drafting, cargo handling, corporate policy, company rules and regulations, ship stores and delivery, PFSP, inventory of risks that are induced by crime etc., ID documents including forgeries, driving licenses, passports, distractions and evasive actions etc., recognition of weapon, communication issues, dealing with aggression, and dangerous commodities - here the dangerous goods are explained together with all applicable regulations for their safe transportation and handling.

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This training program was developed by Videotel, the leading provider of the professional marine training, and is principally intended to be used by ship crew members; however, its content will also be useful by the ship superintendents and other people working offshore, since it is setting out the roles of the persons engaged in handling the emergencies on board vessels, including those working ashore, together with their responsibilities.

The present training booklet includes significantly expanded information on each of the covered topics; note that there will be short assessment test at the end of each chapter to track your training progress. The main content of the book covers such important aspects of the emergency response as planning and preparation activities, action plan and first response to the emergency, shore support, monitoring and review, etc.

There are several real case studies included in the book and thoroughly analyzed. The reference section contains guidance and legislation sources, list of the websites and publications and other supplementary info. We recommend to use this training video as a supplement to get the best outcome of the training program.

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The number of the stowaways that are detected on board vessels is increasing every year. It shall be noted that not only are the numbers rising, but the stowaways themselves are becoming increasingly desperate once they are caught. Organised criminal gangs are often involved, and are becoming more and more sophisticated in their methods.

At the same time, port and immigration authorities are becoming far tougher, with many countries refusing to accept stowaways, even when all the arrangements for repatriation are in place, and the stowaway is co-operative. This combination of factors and trends means that finding stowaways on board your vessel will not just be inconvenient - it will be time consuming, expensive, and can also be dangerous. The best solution is always to stop stowaways getting on board: Prevention is better than cure. This training package is aimed at all officers and crew, helping to raise awareness of the growing problem of stowaways.

After using the workbook and video, you will be able to understand the nature and scale of the problems that stowaways can cause for crew and owners, help devise and work through clear procedures for preventing stowaways from boarding your ship, search common hiding places using effective search strategies, manage stowaways effectively from their discovery to their disembarkation, and understand the basic legal and ethical requirements for the treatment of stowaways. This booklet is perfectly supplemented with this training video film.

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The whole content of the present volume was prepared by the Commander James Kraska to serve as a very authoritative yet accessible overview of the contemporary maritime piracy - it should be noted that the book not only provides readers with the legal and historical context required for proper understanding of the pirates.

The author has done his best to give the information covering the operational environment of the merchant mariners and naval personnel together with the constraints affecting them. In addition to that the book contains several informative appendices turning it into a truly convenient reference source.

An excellent choice for the policy-makers and all other practitioners, analysts and scholars. In fact, the volume should be treated as the essential one to be read to get the understanding of why the maritime piracy is spiking now.

Written in a very fluidly manner, this text deserves the right to become a handbook for the maritime piracy diplomats and military personnel. we would consider this publication a must-read for all people willing to dig a bit deeper into the real world of the contemporary piracy.

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