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Collision Regulation (COLREG) - The convention of International regulation for prevention of collision at sea is an essential guide for ship navigation at the sea. The regulations are also known as the “rules of the road” or navigation rules that are to be followed by ships and other vessels at the sea to prevent collision between two vessels.

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Fire Test Procedures (FTP) - The International Code for application of fire test procedures provides international requirements for laboratory testing, type-approval, and fire test procedures for products referenced under SOLAS Chapter II-2. It includes test for non-combustibility, test for smoke and toxicity, test of “A”, “B” and “F” class divisions, test for fire door control system, test for surface flammability etc.


GMDSS Manual - The GMDSS Manual provides, in a single comprehensive publication, an explanation of the principles upon which the GMDSS is based, the radio communication requirements and recommendations for its implementation, the operational performance standards and technical specifications to be met by GMDSS equipment, and the procedures for and method of operation of the various radio services which form the GMDSS and the Master Plan for the GMDSS.


Cargo Storage and Securing (CSS) Code - The Cargo Storage and Securing (CSS) Code provides guidance for safe working conditions for securing of containers on deck of the ship. It also deals with safe stowage procedures and storage of vehicles in ships.


IAMSAR – International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue Manual - AMSAR is a manual jointly published by International Civil Aviation Organization and International Maritime Organization for mobile facilities which are intended to be carried on board ships to help with performance of search and rescue in times of emergency.


International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG) - The IMDG code has been developed through years of regulatory changes and input from both the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) & the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). Observance of the IMDG code ensures compliance with marine transportation of dangerous goods and additionally incorporates mandatory provisions of SOLAS and Annex III of MARPOL. The Code details requirements for specific dangerous goods, such as packaging & labeling, documentation, placarding, stowage, & segregation.


IMSBC Code and Supplement - The International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code and Supplement provides information on safe stowage and shipment of solid bulk cargoes. It informs on the dangers associated with the shipment of certain types of solid bulk cargoes and gives instructions on the procedures to be adopted when the shipment of solid bulk cargo is contemplated.


International Code of Signals - "The International Code of Signals", first published in 1965, provides a means of communication in situations related to the safety, both of navigation and people, especially when language difficulties arise. It is suitable for transmission by all means of communication, including radiotelephony and radiotelegraphy, and embodies the principle that each signal has a complete meaning. This new edition of the "Code" incorporates amendments adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee up to December 2000.


International Safety Management (ISM) Code - The International Safety Management Code (ISM) is one of the important regulations of the SOLAS Convention which deals with safety of seafarers at the sea through safe management of shipping operations. ISM code publication is an essential reference for shipping owners, operators, companies, and maritime institutes. The code explains safe management practices for safety at sea and avoidance of damage to the environment.


Life Saving Appliance (LSA) Code - The Life Saving Appliance (LSA) Code was adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to provide international requirements for the life saving appliances, including personal protective equipment such as life jackets, immersion suits, visual aids, thermal protective aids etc.


Maritime Security and the ISPS Code - This User Guide has been developed to consolidate existing IMO maritime security-related material into an easily read companion guide to SOLAS chapter XI-2 and the ISPS Code in order to assist States in promoting maritime security through development of the requisite legal framework, associated administrative practices, procedures and the necessary material, technical and human resources.


Load Lines convention - The international convention on load lines deals with freeboard and stability of the ship along with potential hazards present in different zones and different seasons. One of the main purposes of this code is to ensure the water tightness integrity of the ship’s hull below the freeboard deck.


MARPOL - MARPOL is one of the most important maritime regulations today. Marine pollution (MARPOL) regulation deals with prevention of marine pollution by harmful substances discharged from ships. It consists of six annexes for controlling and eliminating of marine pollution.


Procedures for Port State Control (PSC) - Port state control (PSC) is an important procedure which is carried out on all ports around the world to find deficiencies in foreign ships and to increase maritime safety and prevent marine pollution. Procedures for Port State Control provide basic guidance to conduct inspections of ships worldwide and harmonize the criteria for the application of control procedures.


Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) - SOLAS or Safety of Life at Sea is one of the most important maritime conventions. It deals with safety of lives of seafarers at sea and describes requirements for all merchant ships to comply with the minimum safety norms in its chapters. This is one important book for all seafarers and shipowners.


STCW - Standards of Training, Certification, and Watch-keeping - The STCW Convention deals with standards of competence required by seafarers to join merchant vessels. It includes new training and certification requirements and methodologies, requirements of hours of work and rest, medical fitness standards for seafarers, and prevention of drug and alcohol abuse. The STCW convention is a must-read for all seafarers.


Ship’s Routeing - Comprehensive details of all ships' routeing measures adopted by the IMO worldwide can be found in the 2010 edition of Ships' Routeing, published but the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Containing all the ships' routeing measures, including mandatory ship reporting systems, adopted over the years, the publication is an essential reference book for Administrations and seafarers.


the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code) - Under the provisions of chapter VII of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS 74), as amended, chemical tankers constructed on or after 1 July 1986 must comply with the provisions of the this Code.


The Code of Safe Practice for Ships carrying Timber Deck Cargoes, 2011 (2011 TDC Code) - The 2011 TDC Code is non-mandatory and applies to all ships of 24 m or more in length carrying a timber deck cargo. The Code aims to ensure that stowage and cargo securing arrangements for timber deck cargoes enable a safe yet rational securing of the cargo so that it is satisfactorily prevented from shifting. 2011 TDC Code also includes alternative design principles, taking into account the acceleration forces cargo may be subjected to throughout the voyage.


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