Ship Safety & Security

28.09.2017
WORKING ON THE CAR/TRAILER DECK

In the present document, all interested readers will see what the national maritime representatives have agreed on and also what they recommend as best practice once it comes to working on the vessel's trailer deck. The reason for publishing this sector specific guidelines is that dangerous situations can arise at any time when aboard a RoRo vessel.

Working on the trailer deck can be especially risky because of industrial accidents and, more importantly, due to the damage to health. However, the legislation that is currently in force does not include any specific guidelines aimed at preventing human injury while carrying on their duties on the trailer deck. This guidance is mainly focusing on working on the trailer deck. In the content of the document only passing reference has been made to ventilation installations since these are basically described in the IMO's MSC circular 729 of 4th July 1996.

The content of the guidance was initially submitted to the DMA, i.e. Danish Maritime Authority for their pre-review and all of their valuable comments have found due reflection in the text. That is the reason why we can easily recommend this document for familiarization of the newcomers and even to the experienced professionals.

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24.09.2017
OCEANS OF CRIME — MARITIME PIRACY AND TRANSNATIONAL SECURITY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA AND BANGLADESH

The South-East Asia and Bangladesh are currently considered global hottest spots of the maritime pirate attacks on the merchant fleet. The author of the present volume makes an attempt to explain why the maritime piracy still exists and in what form it takes place in the above stated region.

He offers his readers an integrated thorough analysis of the origins or the maritime piracy and its root causes, including the organized crime networks, politics - radically motivated groups, common use of the convenient flags, insufficient state control measures over the national territories, activities conducted by the private companies providing the security - the author provides all of the information related to these aspects and tries to identify their implications on maritime security, with particular attention paid to the Bangladesh and Southeast Asia.

Recommended reading for people engaged in provision of the ships safety and security, planning their voyage and routing and all other activities taking place in that area - they will benefit of the information and experience shared by the author.

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18.09.2017
MARITIME TERRORISM: RISK AND LIABILITY

The authors of the present publication on maritime terrorism have achieved their goal, which was to provide a professional policy-level discussion of this problem covering both risk and liability. Subject discussion shall be considered mandatory reading for and maritime policy-makers, maritime insurers and business leaders with the activities in the maritime sector.

The book is exploring the maritime terrorism threats and vulnerabilities, consequences of the actions, application of the civil liability in the context of the attacks against various types of vessels including ferries, container vessels and cruise ships. Though the number of the terrorist attacks has eventually limited, marine ships and floating facilities are still quite vulnerable to maritime attacks and the consequences of such attacks may be very severe, including mass casualties, commercial disruption and damage to the property.

The matters enlightened in the present publication are very important that is why the book is recommended to the people engaged in the provision of the safety and protection of the marine facilities from this sort of attacks.

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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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