A safe ship requires two things: a skilled crew and the means to evacuate safely in times when circumstances become too difficult to deal with. Training and competency is a necessity for a safe and efficient shipping industry and thankfully there are universal standards for most aspects of operation contained within the key regulatory document the STCW Code.
As well as regulation, the guide looks at the technology behind the equipment used for safety purposes on board ships and how these are being evolved to overcome inherent defects in design and operation. Although there are fewer incidents these days involving stories of survival against the odds in a small boat in a stormy sea, ensuring that the equipment is there when needed remains at the core of SOLAS.
This guide explains in depth the regulation around basic training and skills acquisition in conjunction with the provision of lifesaving appliances and systems for fire-detection and fighting. It will prove useful to all who have responsibility for ensuring the safety of ships and those on them whether passengers, contractors or crew.
Chapters on regulation, the virtual classroom, working practices and cargo, specialist skills, fire and gas detection, lifeboats, liferafts, evacuation systems and personal protection.
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