Home' Ships and Shipping : November 2009 Contents THE STCW CONVENTION
A Guide for the Shipping Industry
(Incorporating STCW Checklists)
Produced by London's Marisec Publications
for the International Shipping Federation this
brief booklet presents the bare bones of the
IMO-International Convention on Standards of Training,
Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers.
It has been compiled to assist shipping companies, masters and
other officers, educational institutions and others to understand
how the STCW affects them.
Providing the basics in a simple, clear format, it is enhanced by
the inclusion of a number of very useful and concise check lists.
A very useful publication for all concerned.
Available from the International Shipping Federation, London, UK.
A Handbook for Mariners
By PURNENDU MISRA
and ANJAN MUKHERJEE
Ship breaking, wrecking, demolition,
re-cycling, call it what you will, it still
involves the breaking up of ships and the
sale of their parts.
Every ship, obviously, unless it enters a museum or sinks in
deep water, finishes up being re-cycled. The sub-continent is the
current focus of ship re-cycling so it is appropriate that this rare
text on the subject has been produced by two knowledgeable
residents of that region.
Ship breaking generally has a very poor image yet it is a vital
industry that employs large numbers of otherwise very poor people.
This excellent and very detailed book provides us with a first rate
overview of the current state of this rough, tough business.
The sub-title describes the book as "A Handbook for Mariners".
Rather than only for mariners, your reviewer feels it should be
read by ship owners, their lawyers, naval architects, shipbuilders,
shipping regulators and the interfering personnel employed by
NGOs. They would all learn a lot about this much maligned but
Available from Narosa Publishing House, New Dehli, India.
SIXTY YEARS OF CRUISING
By PAOLO PICCIONE, GIAN PAOLO
CESERANI, FIORA STEINBACH PALAZZINI
A really substantial book to record the
diamond jubilee of a really substantial
shipping company. How appropriate.
Shiplovers of all kinds but most particularly the many
passenger ship fanatics will love this book.
Starting as olive oil and textile traders in the mid-nineteenth
century, the Costa family of Genoa developed a substantial empire
in its first century. Its shipping adventures commenced in 1924
when it purchased a small freighter.
This inspired a strong interest in matters maritime that led
to its first passenger ship in 1948, the 768 passenger 'Anna C',
that ship really got things moving. The company has
increasingly focussed on passenger vessels, particularly cruise
ships, ever since.
That side of the business has continued to develop and prosper.
This delightful, bi-lingual book shows very clearly how.
Available from Costa Crociere, Hong Kong, China.
THE PLIMSOLL SENSATION
The Great Campaign to Save Lives at Sea
By NICOLETTE JONES
You would think that any rational shipowner
or charterer would want to preserve his ship
and protect its crew at any cost.
That would be logical except, of course, for
the not always benign influence of insurance. A number of far-
sighted and courageous people have determined that the lure of a
"double dip" thanks to insurance has led some ship owners and
charterers to unethical, indeed inhumane, acts.
Australia's renowned former Transport Minister, Peter Morris, was
one with his "Ships of Shame" enquiry. He exposed the shameful
activities of certain bulker owners and charterers some 20 years ago.
Nearly 150 years ago the Englishman Samuel Plimsoll risked
everything to bring safety improvements to Britain's and the
World's merchant mariners.
His was a radical approach. The battles he fought were vicious.
It is an amazing tale. An amazing man. A great story.
Available from Abacus (Little Brown Book Group), London, UK.
Voluntary Guidelines for the Safe
Management of Vessels and the
Prevention of Marine Pollution
A JOINT PRODUCTION OF THE HELLENIC
MARINE ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION
ASSOCIATION and GERMANISCHER LLOYD
The tie-up between HELMEPA and GL has
been a fruitful one. HELMEPA is a very well connected
environmental NGO with lots of ideas. GL is a practical,
thorough, careful organisation which is extremely good at
high quality promotion. In a way they use each other but it is a
This SHIP'S MANUAL is an excellent example of the fruits of
their comparatively recent marriage. It is a practical, high quality
publication that compiles a massive amount of fundamental
advice. Originally developed by HELMEPA in 1992, it has been
considerably refined and enhanced since.
The GL touch has refined it considerably. It seems certain to
assist both organisations in the pursuit of their very worthy
A must on every ship and in every ship owner's office library.
Available from HELMEPA, Athens, Greece. Web: www.helmepa.gr or
Germanischer Lloyd, Hamburg, Germany. Web: www.gl-group.com
The life and wars of Franklin Buchanan
By CRAIG L. SYMONDS
The author tells us that Franklin Buchanan's
transfer to the Confederate Navy and his rise
to command of it was a rather hot-headed,
spur-of-the-moment decision. He could just
as easily have fought on the Union side in
the American Civil War.
Apart from the Civil War that capped it, Buchanan's was a most
interesting seaman's life. His life span covered much of the
nineteenth century and, for his times, he saw much of planet
Earth. He was, for example, the first American to set foot in Japan.
Entering the US Navy in 1815, he was still aboard (the
Confederate Navy) in 1865. His was a long and very eventful
career. Two navies, innumerable battles, plentiful long voyages.
All this and more is well and colourfully described in this first
rate and very welcome biography.
Available from Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, USA.
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