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The book to get you through your exams and a reference for the rest of your career! This 1,200 page, full colour publication takes the traditional values of centuries of good seamanship and blends them with today’s reality. It is essential reading for seafarers at every level, covering ship types, handling and stability, onboard procedures and equipment, regulations, emergency response, and much more.

 

 

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A career at sea or in a marine-related business requires amassing a terrific volume of knowledge and the art and practice of seamanship is perhaps one of the most encyclopaedic job descriptions there is. Many modern day seafarers will hear talk of days gone by when no self-respecting Chief Officer would be without his Seamanship Manual. In recent decades, shipping seems to have moved at a tremendous pace and the need for a new up-to-date manual which captures such a broad scope in a single publication that appeals to the forward thinking seafarer is needed. This is exactly where this book, which has been ten years in the making, positions itself – a manual for the modern day seafarer in the 21st Century.

 

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Chapter 1 General Cargo Ship Types 1

Chapter 2 Tankers 103

Chapter 3 Other Ship Types 179

Chapter 4 Offshore Marine Operations 249

Chapter 5 Machinery and Equipment 269

Chapter 6 Pilotage 303

Chapter 7 Shiphandling 319

Chapter 8 Anchorwork 335

Chapter 9 Tugs and Towing 361

Chapter 10 Mooring Operations and Safety 379

Chapter 11 Waterways, River Transits and Canals 393

Chapter 12 Preparing a Ship for Ice 415

Chapter 13 Non-Standard Operations 445

Chapter 14 Stood by New Builds 457

Chapter 15 Paints and Coatings 461

Chapter 16 Drydock 473

Chapter 17 Lay-up of Ships 503

Chapter 18 Heavy Weather 511

Chapter 19 Participating in SAR 525

Chapter 20 Oil Spills/Pollution 539

Chapter 21 Practical Aspects of Salvage 547

Chapter 22 Main Conventions and Codes 577

Chapter 23 Recent Regulations 647

Chapter 24 Certification and Endorsements 673

Chapter 25 Business and Chartering 687

Chapter 26 Conflict and Issues Affecting Shipping 697

Chapter 27 Fines for Ships and Ships’ Staff 725

Chapter 28 In Port and Alongside 739

Chapter 29 Shipboard Inspections 763

Chapter 30 Surveys and Classification 777

Chapter 31 Systems of Work 785

Chapter 32 Permit to Work 797

Chapter 33 Enclosed Space Entry 815

Chapter 34 Health 829

Chapter 35 Housekeeping on Board 857

Chapter 36 Ships’ Equipment and Maintenance 879

Chapter 37 Lifeboat Release Mechanisms 933

Chapter 38 Fire Fighting 969

Chapter 39 Shipboard Drills 1007

Chapter 40 Accident Investigation 1039

Chapter 41 Stability 1045

Chapter 42 Damage Stability 1067

Chapter 43 Hull Monitoring and Inspection 1085

Chapter 44 Energy Efficiency 1101

Chapter 45 Ship Recycling 1125

Chapter 46 Traditional Seamanship 1135

Chapter 47 Wires, Ropes, Chains, Shackles & Slings 1155

Chapter 48 Cranes and Lifting Equipment 1179

Chapter 49 Checklists 1201

Chapter 50 Tsunamis and Marine Phenomena 1279

PREFACE:

This book has taken ten years to prepare and, as a few have commented, it was probably in the planning long before then, whether I realised it or not.

A career at sea or in a marine-related business requires amassing a terrific volume of knowledge and the art and practice of seamanship is perhaps one of the most encyclopaedic job descriptions there is.

 

When I went to sea, almost 30 years ago, many would talk of days gone by when no self-respecting Chief Officer would be without his Seamanship Manual, and when I was about 12 or 13, I remember still the day my own father gave me his copy of 'The Boatswain's Manual'. In recent decades, shipping seems to have moved at a tremendous pace and it left me wondering whether it was possible to capture such a broad scope in a single publication that appeals to the forward thinking seafarer. This is exactly where this book positions itself - a manual for the modern day seafarer in the 21st Century.

 

This publication takes the traditional values of centuries of good seamanship and blends them with today's reality and it seems appropriate that it is first published in our company's 275th year.

 

By its very nature, this book is exceptionally broad in its scope and further detailed study of the topics covered in this book is available in the 600+ publications Witherbys has in print today. However, in owning this book, you have shown that you want to know and understand more about your industry, an industry that quietly keeps the world moving, carries over 90% of world trade and is set to almost double in volume over the next 20 years.

I wish you every success in your endeavours and always a safe voyage.

 

Iain Macneil, Managing Director, Witherby Publishing Group

 

 

FOREWORD

 

The term 'seamanship' is much misunderstood by those who are not required to practise the art. Seamanship is also hard to define succinctly as the breadth of knowledge, skills and experience the term encompasses take many a lifetime to acquire.

 

When I arrived aboard my first ship a little over forty years ago, the ships that made up the world's merchant fleets, the technologies employed on board and the regulations that governed the industry, and indeed the seafarers themselves, bore little in common with today. However, despite all the technologies that connect ship and shore and keep communications links open at all times, the fact remains that, once a ship puts to sea, it is primarily dependent upon the actions of the master and crew to safely and efficiently execute the voyage, bringing profit to the owner whilst making sure all aboard return safe and well on completion. All must depend on each other, in a variety of circumstances; the ability to perform the broad range of tasks required safely and efficiently, whilst being fully aware of the associated hazards and mitigating measures, is in the broadest sense 'seamanship'.

 

The technological advances seen today have led to the launching of more and more specialist ships, all requiring equally specialist knowledge to operate them. There is a danger that the rate of technological advance outpaces the ability of the industry to train competent mariners to operate the increasingly complex ships on which they serve. The need for continued professional development for mariners is inarguable, but this can be difficult to achieve when many ships cannot provide access to the online references enjoyed by most other industries, a problem that has yet to be universally solved. That said, traditional knowledge and skills are still required as it is a stark fact that mooring accidents, lifeboat launching and enclosed space entry continue to kill and injure the unwary, as they have for many decades.

 

The inclusion in this book of significant incidents in sufficient detail to allow the reader to extract and apply the learning is so valuable as, without doubt, poor decisions and behaviours contribute to far too many accidents at sea. This book provides a solid foundation of knowledge to all those operating, managing and manning today's merchant fleet. I hope that 21st Century Seamanship will be a reference that is ready to hand on every ship and in every shipping company reference library.

Captain David Cotterell, Executive Director, OCIMF

Title: 21st Century Seamanship
Number of Volumes: 1
Edition: First
Number of Pages: 1300
Product Code: WS1467K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-632-4 (9781856096324), ISBN 10: 1-85609-632-7 (1856096327)
Published Date: August 2015
Weight: 2.40 kg

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