28.07.2017
FIRE TRAINING MANUAL

The present Fire Training Manual has been designed and released to suit various types of ships. The purpose of the document is to provide the crew members with both general and vessel-specific information as well as with the practical instructions relating to the fire safety practice and relevant precautions, meaning of the various alarms, established procedures for the fire fighting, operation and use of the various fire fighting systems together with the associated equipment, operation of fire dampers and fire doors plus the information about the escape routes.

In addition, the present Manual may serve as a reference source for the crew members with the duty to provide the instructions to other people on board the ship in the practice of the all above stated equipment and following the procedures. The content of this FTM is fully compliant with the requirements of IMO Res. MSC.99(73) and its main part is describing the procedures and equipment generically.

However, its seventh section is specifically designed so that the users may easily fill in details of the procedures and equipment applicable to their ship, making the present document unique and still compliant with the applicable regulations. The fire training manual shall be provided in each mess/recreation room and cabin, together with the fire safety operational booklet.

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19.07.2017
IMPLEMENTING AN EFFECTIVE SAFETY CULTURE — BASIC ADVICE FOR SHIPPING COMPANIES AND SEAFARERS

The present small yet quite useful brochure will give its readers the required basic instructions on the proper implementation of the effective safety culture in the shipping companies, as outlined in the requirements of the IMO ISM Code. The original intention of the authors of the document was to assist the staff members of the shipping companies, including manager and actual seafarers in fulfilling the both the letter and spirit of the above stated Code.

The ISM Code has become mandatory through the SOLAS. That is one of the reasons of the significant reduction in the number of marine casualties and oil spills - and the most positive factor was the reduction in the number of human lives lost at sea. However, it should be noted that the full implementation of the safety culture is still considered a serious issue that shall be addressed by the shipping companies paying additional attention to this.

It would generally include the need for all people concerned to properly understand and feel how the serious marine incidents and unsafe acts are related can result in a loss of human life or serious damage to the vessel or transported cargo, as well as to the serious environmental issues. We would also like to underline the importance of changing attitude and avoidance of negative behavior as well as complacency towards the safety at sea and protection of the environment... 

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