Ship Safety & Security

18.09.2017
MARITIME SECURITY — AN INTRODUCTION

A practical reference book for those willing to qualify and validate the info obtained from the popular media about maritime piracy. It provides readers with a perfect intro to the maritime security and is equally directed to the government officials, students and security professionals.

We know that the international maritime industry is vulnerable to the piracy and different sorts of threats - in fact, it may present an easy target for the terrorist attacks. The fundamentals of the commercial shipping are detailed in this volume.

Michael McNicholas explains in a clear and understandable language how the commercial sea ports function and how vessels operate, what threats exist there and what security procedures and policies shall be implemented in order to mitigate those threats.

In short, this book will provide required guidance for the industry professionals engaged in protection of the maritime ports and shipping industry in general. The author has also offered numerous case studies demonstrating the effective tactics in today's high risk environment.

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17.09.2017
MARITIME SECURITY — PROTECTION OF MARINAS, PORTS, SMALL WATERCRAFT, YACHTS, AND SHIPS

The content of this perfect publication was prepared by Daniel J. Benny, Ph. D., who has declared the ultimate purpose to provide the readers with a thorough and comprehensive overview of the protection of the maritime community as well as of the established effective methods that shall be used to safeguard people, marine vessels, watercrafts, marinas, and ports from numerous threats.

Note that this book is not intended to provide a full coverage of the security issues related to the maritime supply chain. The security level varies based on ships/maritime property and threat assessments. That is the reason why so wide range of security policies and a blend of the procedures and methods of physical security are examined.

The book shall not be treated as just representation of facts and the reporting on the various methods of maritime community protection; it rather contains the professional opinions and recommendations from the author on such methods... in short, we are recommending this volume to the people engaged in the protection of the maritime ports, vessels of all sized, and other facilities - they will definitely find this title useful.

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17.09.2017
MANUAL FOR SHIP SAFETY SERVICE TRAINING

The previous edition of this manual was released more than a thirty years ago and it really needed some update and revision in order to duly reflect all latest developments on the field of the marine safety. One of the main reasons to releasing a new edition of the book was introduction of the SOLAS Chapter III addressing the shipboard lifesaving appliances and arrangements.

The present manual was issued to replace two previous manuals covering the firefighting and lifeboat training separately, they have now been combined in a single volume. The content has been totally re-written and duly matched to the current technology and legislation. All relevant standards established or updated since the time of the previous edition, have also been reflected.

The book is intended to serve as a basic reading for the initial safety training of the crew members and may also be used for the continuation training both on board and ashore. Apart from that, it will be excellent if used as reference book by the practitioners. A real must-have publication for every vessel; it is highly recommended to have a copy on board for training and reference purposes. Have a good training and safe work on board your ship.

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12.09.2017
INTERIM GUIDANCE TO UK FLAGGED SHIPPING ON THE USE OF ARMED GUARDS TO DEFEND AGAINST THE THREAT OF PIRACY IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES

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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06.09.2017
FIRE PROTECTION, FIRE DETECTION AND FIRE EXTINGUISHING

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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23.08.2017
CONTEMPORARY MARITIME PIRACY

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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20.08.2017
BRIDGE WATCHKEEPING SAFETY STUDY

This publication is dedicated to the safety issues of the bridge watchkeeping. The main body of this official publication released by the MAIB, standing for the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, has been arranged in several chapters related to the safety study, supplemented with a glossary of abbreviations and terms used throughout the document, analysis, conclusions, recommendations, and two annexes with questionnaire and principles of safe manning.

The paper opens with the extract from the Merchant Shipping regulations saying that the fundamental purpose of accident investigation is to determine the circumstances of this accident together with the causes, with the ultimate aim being the improvement of the safety of human life at sea and, of course, avoidance of such accidents in the future. Not to apportion the liability or blame.

The present report endeavors to identify and then analyze the safety issues that led to a specific accident and make the recommendations on the basis of the analysis. These recommendations, in turn, are expected to be helpful in preventing the repetition of the similar ship accidents, and this is a general intention of the authors of this report.

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17.08.2017
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL SEARCH AND RESCUE MANUAL

We all know that SAR, standing for the Search-and-Rescue is the search for and also provision of the necessary lifesaving assistance to the persons who are in distress and under imminent danger to their lives. The SAR arrangements developed and implemented by the Australian maritime authorities are actually intended to complement such emergency services as fire service, police and first aid in cases where those services are unavailable due to some reasons, such as the rescues at sea, remote operations etc.

Note that the Australian SAR region covers not only the Australian continent itself, but also includes large areas of the Pacific, Indian and Southern Oceans supplemented with the Antarctic territories of the Australia - all that area reaches nearly sixty million square kms. The present official manual was released to document the standard procedures and established techniques for promoting the effective saving of human lives at sea.

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