Selecting and Using ECDIS

ECDIS is nothing more than a computer based navigation system that complies with IMO regulations and can be used as an alternative to paper navigation charts. Integrating a variety of real time information, ECDIS is an automated decision aid, capable of continuously determining a vessel’s position in relation to land, charted objects, navigation aids and unseen hazards.

2013.12.12 - Selecting and Using ECDIS Figure 1

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Best Practices in Recent Loss Prevention Incidents

The following presentation/article makes a brief review of best practices in loss prevention that have been collected from some of the recent UK P&I Club loss prevention bulletins, hence a UK P&I Club miscellany.

2013.12.05 - Best Practices in Recent Loss Prevention Incidents

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Recent Anti and Counter Piracy Developments in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Guinea

There is difference between anti-piracy and counter-piracy. Anti-piracy is about elimination; medium to long-term perspective, strategic, national, regional and international character, in other words it is a ”pipe dream”, cannot be done. Counter- piracy is about containment; short term and medium term, tactical, operational, private, national, regional and international character. This presentation/article is about counter-piracy policies and initiatives. When it comes to East Africa, believe it or not, 99.5% of the funds spent on counter-piracy go to counter-piracy operations.

2013.11.14 - Recent Anti Piracy Developments Figure 1

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KPI Best practices from a Ship Manager’s Perspective

There are many different definitions for a Ship Manager so it might be interesting to look at what a Ship Manager really is and it does not matter if the Ship Manager is an in-house manager or a third-party manager, but the integrated components of ship management are what really matters. Management translates market rate and days into profit and good management maximizes those profits or to put it simply, good Ship management transfers charters into dollars.

2013.11.07 - KPI Best practices from a Ship Manager's Perspective

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Problems and Best Practices for STCW Rest Periods

The following article was initially published in SAFETY4SEA by Apostolos Belokas Managing Editor of SAFETY4SEA. In an effort to enhance fatigue management IMO has amended the “fitness for duty – hours of rest” requirements to provide watch keepers on-board ships with increased rest periods on the latest STCW Amendments in line with the ILO MLC. Despite the fact that over the last few years STCW latest amendments are in place and ILO MLC is being implemented as of 20 August 2013 a number of problems are being experienced.

2013.10.29 - Problems and Best Practices for STCW Rest Periods

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