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Book of the month: A comprehensive manual to safe navigation

Navigating may be a challenging task on a sunny day, but what happens when mariners must guide their boat through the darkest night or the thickest fog? Either way, radar is a must-have tool for safe navigation but a complex task if you don’t know how to use it.

Do you know what a Ship Security Alert System is?

After the 9/11 attacks that changed the world, IMO requires every ship above 500 GT sailing the world’s oceans to have a Ship Security Alert System (SSAS) to enhance security. Have you ever wondered what this system is and how it works?

Do you know how many types of lifeboats exist?

Chances are that you have never boarded a lifeboat to date, except you are a seafarer who has performed lifeboat drills or someone who has found himself in the very unwelcome experience of a sinking ship. Except from the fact that they save lives, what do we really know about lifeboats?

Do you know what happens after you flush the toilet on a ship?

The average person uses about 80-100 gallons of water per day and flushing the toilet accounts for the largest share of this use, surprisingly topping even showers! While wastewater does not seem to be a problem for households, have you ever wondered what happens when we flush the toilet onboard a ship?

Dental hygiene while at sea: How to relieve tooth pain

Toothaches can cause such an intense pain that no one is easy to withstand for long time. Especially for seafarers on duty, severe toothache is difficult to be treated with the medication means included in the ship’s medical chest.

Do you know how many ranks and duties exist onboard? 

Seafaring is a profession that requires ranks and duties to be specific, so that everyone onboard will know what to do, as several procedures have to be conducted at the same time; Thus, each one of these roles carries unique responsibilities which are crucial for the successful operation of a vessel.

Year in review: How the maritime security landscape evolved in 2019

Although IMB figures indicated a decrease in the number of incidents for the first nine months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018, piracy in terms of crew kidnappings reached another record high this year, pushing shipping to rethink its approach on maritime security.

6 tips for safe mooring operations

Mooring and unmooring operations hide a number of risks for those who get involved, many times leading to a fatal accident or a collision; Thus, it is of a great importance when conducting any mooring operation to follow specific steps to ensure the safety of all those conducting the operation.

Achille Lauro hijacking: A tragic example of maritime terrorism

SAFETY4SEA remembers the hijacking of the cruise ship ‘Achille Lauro’ in 1985 by four heavily armed Palestinian militants who posed as passengers, resulting to the brutal murder of one passenger. The attack lasted only two days but spurred a global concern over the shaping dimensions of maritime terrorism.

ECDIS Navigation or Navigating with ECDIS?

Living in the digital age, the way that a voyage is planned is easier and quicker since all data and information are available on demand, with just one click, and all updates are introduced immediately upon receipt.There are no doubts that the benefits of e navigation in respect of time and effort during Appraisal and Planning stage, are beyond expectations for navigators.

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