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Do you know why is a ship called she?

Language has it to use ‘she’ when we refer to ships and boats, something that has its roots in the very old times. “Ships are referred to as ‘she’ because men love them” or “like a woman, a ship is unpredictable”, tradition used to say. But seriously, what is lagging behind this language idiom?  

Changes to the LSA Code and SOLAS – requirements for lifejackets

Changes to the LSA Code and SOLAS - requirements for lifejackets Amendments to Chapter II of the International Life-Saving Appliance (LSA) Code come into effect on July 1, 2010, and introduce the following new requirements for the approval of lifejackets:Each lifejacket shall be fitted with a whistle firmly secured by a lanyard.Lifejacket lights and whistles shall be selected and secured to the lifejacket in such a way that their performance in combination is not degraded.Each lifejacket shall be provided with a releasable buoyant line or other means to secure it to a lifejacket worn by another person in the water.Each lifejacket shall be provided with a suitable means to allow a rescuer to lift the wearer from the water into a survival craft or rescue boat.The requirements apply:to lifejackets provided on board ships constructed (having their keel laid) on or after July 1, 2010 when providing new lifejackets to vessels with a keel laying date before July 1, 2010.andNew requirements for the carriage of additional equipment, also effective July 1, 2010, have been introduced under the SOLAS Convention, as follows:On all ships where adult lifejackets are not designed to fit persons weighing up to 140 kg with a chest girth...

NATO phonetic alphabet

Do you know what NATO phonetic alphabet is?

The International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet, commonly known as the NATO phonetic alphabet or the ICAO phonetic alphabet, is the most widely used radiotelephone spelling alphabet and was developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), to ease communication via radio or telephone. Spelling alphabet is a set of words used to stand for the letters of an alphabet in oral communication.

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Seven career paths to choose in oil and gas

Oil and gas industry offers an exciting variety of career opportunities both offshore and in technical disciplines on land. While working in this sector may be associated with intense shifts and hard working conditions, it is also known for high salaries, chances to travel the world, as well as working with cutting-edge technologies.

STCW 2010 Amendments : What you need to know

STCW 2010 Amendments : What you need to know It is widely known that IMO was holding a Diplomatic Conference in Manila, Philippines, earlier this year to discuss amendments to STCW. What most people fail to identify is the extend of revisions and the implementation realities behind that. To sort things straight lets see what happened step by step:STCW Manila AmendmentsOn June 25th, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and other major stakeholders in the global shipping and manning industry formally ratified the so-called "Manila Amendments" to the current Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and its associated Code. The amendments aiming to bring the STCW up to date with developments since its conception and initial adoption in 1978, and the subsequent amendments in 1995.Enty Into ForceThe Convention amendments will be adopted with a tacit acceptance procedure which has been agreed indicating that amendments will be accepted by 1st July 2011 UNLESS more than 50% of the parties to the STCW object such a development. As a result STCW Amendments are set to enter into force on January 1, 2012.Enhancement of STCW ObjectivesThe following items outline the key improvements realised through the new Amendments:Certificates of Competency...

Quick guide to EIAPP certification

DNV issues quick guide to MARPOL Annex VI, regulation 13 In connection with the revised MARPOL Annex VI 2009 edition, DNV has experienced an increase in class enquiries related to requirements for NOx emissions from marine diesel engines.New and stricter NOx emission requirements lead to new challenges related to, among other things, new technologies, the rebuilding of engines, etc. In this newsletter, we will try to clarify some of the new expressions introduced in the regulation and answer some frequently asked questions related to MARPOL Annex VI, Reg. 13.Emission RequirementsThere are three levels of allowable NOx emissions from diesel engines, depending on the vessel's keel laying date or the engine installation date. The emission levels are called Tier I (applicable from 1 January 2000), Tier II (applicable from 1 January 2011) and Tier III (applicable from 1 January 2016, ECAs only). For more information, please see Reg. 13, parts 35.Definition of a ' major conversion'Whenever you intend to modify or replace an engine, or install an additionalone, on board a vessel, you need to evaluate whether this will influencethe EIAPP certification of the engine in question. According to Reg. 13, anychanges defined as a "major conversion" will influence the EIAPP...

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