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1st Edition

Introduction to Container Ship Operations and Onboard Safety

ISBN 9781032155425
Published March 15, 2022 by Routledge
332 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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