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25.02.2020
THE MIRROR BOOK — MIRROR SAILING FROM START TO FINISH

This publication is devoted to the mirror dinghy boat which has been considered one of the most significant factors in the whole dinghy boom in the sixties of the last century. Even though there are many types of boats available, the mirror dinghy boat is still an excellent one for learning how to sail.

This book will tell all interested readers about literally everything they could need to know to start the dinghy sailing. It is aimed at a broad readership, from the newcomers to the world of sailing and to the professionals. The book is full of informative and colorful illustrations making it fascinating.

Numerous photos showing the process step by step have been included for easier understanding of the instructions and practical tips provided by the authors. The process of setting up the boat is explained in detail together with the numerous scenarios.

There are almost two hundred photos and more than seventy data diagrams supplementing the text. The key parts of the dinghy boat have been illustrated. Due attention has been paid to the development of the sailing skills and this is where the instructions given by the authors of the book will be truly invaluable. Have a look, go through and start sailing.

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24.02.2020
SHIP CONSTRUCTION AND WELDING

The present publication was written the address the various areas of the ship hull construction, covering literally everything starting from the types of ships and materials used for construction, and up to the welding technologies applied and quality control. The material is arranged in a very logical way and deals with the structural arrangement of the vessels featuring transverse and longitudinal; systems of framing, on the basis of the calculated service loads.

The author provides detailed and understandable explanations of the essential structural elements of the hull together with the most commonly used structural sub-assemblies. The construction of the ship’s double-bottom has been presented in detail along with the fore- and aft-end structures, midship section and other critically important areas. All materials normally used for the ship construction have been covered, including steel, FRP and aluminum alloys, with particular attention paid to the preparation of the construction materials, cutting and joining techniques, welding etc.

The formation of the residual stress in the hull structures has been addressed with the focus made on the buckling of thin metal panels caused by the welding. In short, all aspects of ship hull construction have been covered including the methods used for the nondestructive examination of the metal surfaces and welding seams.

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24.02.2020
RADIO HANDBOOK — YOUR GUIDE TO MARINE COMMUNICATION

This is the informative handbook with the content initially aimed to serve as the accessible practical guide for use by the shipboard radio operators as well as shore-based radio stations, particularly operators of the VHF and SSB, i.e. MF/HF radios. It will provide all readers with the required technical info about the radiotelephony procedures, coverage and appropriate use of the cell phones, terms and contacts, and how exactly SAR is being managed in New Zealand.

The information presented in the handbook has been arranged in five major chapters. The first one has been dedicated solely to the radiotelephony procedures including prowords, i.e. procedural words, VHF channels, SSB frequencies, silence period etc., while the second one addresses the coverage and services including broadcasts and warnings, medical advice, sat safety services etc.

The third chapter provides other important information including the medical evacuation, working with choppers, transmissions in harbor, testing the radios, sea rescue by choppers etc. Two remaining chapters of this handbook are providing the useful contacts plus contain a small yet comprehensive Glossary of the terms used in this handbook and generally in the industry.

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24.02.2020
IAMSAR MANUAL 2016 EDITION

This is a full set, all three parts of the officially released IAMSAR Manual. The primary declared purpose of these publications is to provide the States with the assistance they require to meet their SAR needs as well as to meet all obligations that these States have accepted under relevant international conventions. The Manual will provide readers with the technical guidance for both maritime and aviation approach to the organization and provision of the search-and-rescue services.

Each of the parts making this Manual has been prepared with particular SAR system - note that they can easily be used as standalone documents. Alternatively, the provisions contained in these volumes can be applied in conjunction with the other parts. You may need to have only one, two or all three volumes readily available and this will depend on the duties you have been assigned. The first volume contains six major chapters covering the general system concepts and main components, training and qualification requirements, system management, communication matters, and ways to improve services.

The second volume is devoted to mission co-ordination including the SAR system, initial and awareness action, operations and techniques involved, emergency assistance, general guidance for the aircraft SAR operations etc. Finally, the last volume is dealing with the mobile facilities and will give readers the information about the rendering assistance and on-board emergencies, coordination of the operations and other important aspects.

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24.02.2020
VOYAGING UNDER POWER

This is the fourth edition of the publication that has been deservedly treated as the passage making bible for the last four decades, featuring the completely updated and reworked contents. The book will help voyagers better prepare for their long-distance passages. The text reflects the philosophy of the passage making and wisdom of the author, who is the professional Captain.

He did apply his experience together with the technical creativity when preparing the volume. All important topics relating to the passage planning have been covered including, for example, the seaworthiness of the ship, intact and damage stability plus other critical aspects of the ship design. In addition, due attention was paid to the proper selection and understanding of the essential systems.

Moreover, the author also addressed the decision process used when making a choice of the new boar or when performing the analysis of the suitability of the existing one. Among the other important topics covered in the pages of this book we would mention information on the offshore safety matters, practical tips on weather prediction, different aspects of the technical maintenance to be conducted at sea and preparing for that.

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24.02.2020
WATCHKEEPING IN PORT

When the ship is underway, the importance of watchkeeping on the bridge is easy to see. Put simply, the officer has responsibility to ensure that the ship is safe, following the planned course and is avoiding the surrounding hazards. This is achieved only with good situational awareness. Once alongside, those responsibilities do not change. The ship must still be kept safe, all the surrounding hazards must be avoided and the operations on board must be going as planned.

Good situational awareness is equally important. Many things can go wrong – there are threats to the safety of the ship and to the safety of the individuals on board. Given this importance and the threats and risks while alongside, then it becomes clear that good watchkeeping in port is as important as good watchkeeping at sea, possibly even more important.

Your company procedures, the Master’s standing orders and chief officer’s instructions will be provide the basis for the duties of the watchkeeping officer in port. This video is going to examine some aspects of this task. It is recommended to be watched by all people on board and particularly those assigned the responsibility of watchkeeping as it will let them better understand all relevant aspects and concentrate on the most important things.

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23.02.2020
SHIPS' ROUTEING 2019 EDITION

The safety of marine transportation and cleanliness of the oceans are nowadays promoted in numerous ways. One of such ways is the ongoing development of various effective routeing measures implemented to control the navigation of ships and monitoring of the progress.

The routeing measures defines or described in part A and Part H of the present volume have been individually deal with in part B dedicated to the schemes of traffic separation and inshore zones), part C addressing the deep water navigation routes, part D defining the areas to avoid, part E providing other measure, for example two-way routeing, recommended directions and tracks, part F containing the applicable rules and recommendations relevant to the particular areas of navigation and straits, part G dealing with the mandatory ship reporting and routeing systems together with "no-anchoring" areas, and, finally, part H depicting the archipelagic lanes.

The edition offered is incorporating all measures of routeing adopted before July-2019. Note, however, that the chartlets that have been included in the volume shall not be used for navigation purposes. The latest release of this official IMO publication.

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23.02.2020
Forklift Trucks and their Use on Board Ships

As we know, the forklift trucks are among the most useful and practical devices used on board ships. However, they shall be used with utmost care since they can be really dangerous to the people. The first thing is to assess the risk – a standard operating procedure for the use of forklift will have been produced as a result of the general risk assessment. This procedure should identify the hazards associated with operating the equipment on board particular vessel. It will also contain the control measures, such as the use of the correct personal protection equipment.

Only the qualified drivers shall be allowed to drive the truck. They shall have completed the appropriate training course conducted by the authorized organization. The certification they achieve shall be kept on boast as part of their personal records. Never use a forklift truck if you are not qualified to operate. And, prevent anyone from operating a forklift truck, who is not qualified or authorized to use it. Under no circumstances should you operate the forklift truck if you are taking prescribe medication affecting your ability to drive.Forklift Trucks and their Use on Board Ships - 2

Likewise, anyone found driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances, is liable for immediate company dismissal and possibly criminal prosecution from port state authorities. In some instances, the work permit may be issued. This is good practice as it creates the record of the forklift truck use and the people who are authorized to drive it. The ignition key is then handed over. Note that they must be removed from the ignition each the forklift truck is left unattended or stowed.

A number of checks shall be made before the forklift truck is used. Firstly, we shall ensure the good working condition of the device. Ideally, there should be a condition checklist supplied based on the manufacturers guidelines, and the technical inspection should take a minimum of 5-10 minutes; that five or ten minutes of your time well worth taking – it will ensure the safety of yourself and your colleagues. These checks shall be made in the following order. Firstly, is the parking brake on? Next, the cage should be checked; where the open top cages are fitted, the hard hats must be worn as necessary.

It is recommended to always wear a hard had with the chin strap in place when operating the any forklift truck. The safety belt, if fitted, should be tested and inspected for wear – this must be worn at all times whilst driving the vehicle. Check the hydraulic connections for any leaks and wear-and-tear. The load guard, carriage plate, and forks should be inspected for signs of cracks or deficiencies. Oil and fuel levels must be checked. The oil level is correctly established by taking a dip stick reading. Coolant levels are checked and any relevant hoses inspected. There should also be sufficient fuel in the tank for the day’s operations. Wheels and tires are examined. Only now and upon completion of all checks, should the engine be started. If the engine fails to start, under no circumstances should the attempt be made to jump start the vehicle.

Once started, the foot brake can be tested. The steering should be checked for excessive play or wear. See and be Forklift Trucks and their Use on Board Ships - 3seen – vehicle lights and hazard lights must work efficiently and any mirrors positioned correctly by the driver. Be heard – check the horn and any reversing alarms. The hydraulic controls also need to function correctly. Finally, the tilt mechanism is tested. If any deficiencies are found, report must be made to the officer-in-charge and the key is returned, and “Do not use” sign must be displayed clearly so that the other crew members are aware of its condition. Remember, no matter how often it is used, each time the forklift truck is signed over, it must be checked prior to use.

It must be established that the forklift truck is capable of lifting the load safely. At no time should you lift the load greater that than the vehicle’s specified Safe Working Load, which must be clearly marked. Care should be applied to the establishing the weight of the items to be lifted or moved. Large items, such as machinery or equipment, should also have their own weight indicated. Stores shall have their weight clearly described on the packaging or the delivery note. Never attempt combined lift with another vehicle. Complicated lifts involving a pair of forklifts requires special training and should not be carried out by ship’s personnel. Stores and supplies are usually delivered to the ship on pallets and these are ideally for maneuvering the loads around easily.

Whenever possible, put items on the pallets and secure them. The condition of the pallet must be checked for damage or defects before use. Items should be placed centrally on the pallet to maintain even balance. Larger pieces of equipment which are not suitable for palletizing, can be moved safely so long as they are secured and within the SWL of the equipment. Waste containers and the garbage bins are often moved by forklift trucks. Some of them are designed for this purpose; others are not and should be carried on a pallet. In some instances, forklift truck will be as the raised work platform – never use a pallet for this operation, only use specially designed, certified and approved Forklift Trucks and their Use on Board Ships - 4man carrying cages.

All working aloft procedures must also have an appropriate risk assessments carried out and permits issued prior to use. A forklift truck is not a taxi – under no circumstances should the cage be used to transport crew members. Particular attention must be given to how the forks interact with loads. Pallet sizes vary. The distance between the slots must correspond correctly with the forks. If not, the forks will need to be adjusted. Fork plates must be leveled and spaced equally apart, equidistant from the center to avoid a potentially dangerous unbalanced load. The load must also be checked for fork blade length. If the load exceeds the length of the forks, it could topple forward. If the load is significantly shorter that the fork length, the protruding blades must be taken into account, particularly if there are other pallets nearby. Remember – only lift items that can be moved or carried safely within the working limits.

It is vital that the fellow crew members, stevedores, visitors or anyone else in vicinity are aware of the forklift operations taking place. Extreme care should also be taken of passenger on vehicle ferries. Pedestrian walkways, emergency exits must remain clear. Ro-Ro loading and discharge involve a constant stream of traffic arriving and leaving the ship. Caution must be observed to avoid collision with the vehicles. Extra care must be taken if the load has to be reversed. If the load is large and obscures the vision of the driver, second crew member may be required to act as a signaler and to control the traffic flow, if necessary. Access to either the pickup point or drop off point should be checked for obstructions.

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