1st Edition

Introduction to Container Ship Operations and Onboard Safety

By Alexander Arnfinn Olsen Copyright 2022
    332 Pages
    by Routledge

    332 Pages
    by Routledge

    Introduction to Container Ship Operations and Onboard Safety is an introduction for students and professionals involved in the maritime industry.

    It provides an overview of the merchant navy from its beginnings to the present day, entry and training requirements, shipboard hierarchy and roles and responsibilities, shipboard safety organisation, inductions and new crew member familiarisation, safe means of access to enclosed spaces, general housekeeping, risk assessment and risk management. In addition, it examines specific hazardous activities such as cargo loading and unloading, drydocking, drills, and actions to take in the event of an emergency.

    This textbook provides a concise overview of core concepts and practices in the maritime industry that is appropriate for the cadet, experienced seafarer, industry professional, and the general maritime enthusiast.

    Part I. The Merchant Mercantile

    1. Introducing the Merchant Mercantile

    2. Officer Training and Professional Development

    3. Ranks, Roles and Responsibilities

    4. Health and Safety

    5. Container and RORO Ships

    6. Maritime Regulatory Framework

    Part II. Principles of Ship Architecture and Engineering

    7. Basic Container Ship Architecture

    8. Primary Ship Engineering Systems

    9. Auxiliary Ship Engineering Systems

    10. Principles of Ship Stability

    Part III. Ship Operations

    11. Deck Operations

    12. Engine Room Operations

    13. Bridge Operations

    14. Passage Planning and Navigation

    15. Stowaways, Piracy and Drug Trafficking

    Part IV. Cargo Operations

    16. Hague-Visby Rules and Bills of Lading

    17. Dangerous Cargoes

    18. Container Specifications

    19. Container Planning, Handling, Stowing and Lashing

    Part V. Maritime Emergencies

    20. Maritime Emergencies and Incidents

    21. Ship Fires, Firefighting Systems and Firefighter Equipment

    22. Emergency Distress Equipment and Signals

    23. Lifesaving Appliances

    24. Abandoning Ship


    Alexander Arnfinn Olsen is a Senior Learning and Development Consultant for a leading UK maritime and defence consultancy and freelance writer.

    "This book will provide the reader with an entry level introduction to some of the key themes of living and working onboard a commercial ship. It touches on a vast array of subjects, all of which are designed to ‘open the door’ for the reader, who may then go on to read more technically advanced texts."

    -- Hossein Enshaei, Australian Maritime College