Marine Society Bookshop Newsletter: April 2021                                                                                                                                    View in browser                                                                                      

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Maritime Security

To assist the shipping industry with challenges such as piracy, kidnapping and terrorism, this book provides a comprehensive guide to maritime security. Drawing on two decades of experience in the industry, it sets out the security threats faced by the shipping industry today, the statutory requirements that ships, shipping companies and port facilities must meet, and provides guidance on how to conduct a thorough threat assessment for a voyage.

It will be particularly useful to ship and terminal operators, seafarers and administrations, but will provide a useful entry point to the subject for anyone with an interest in maintaining the security of global trade.


Tanker Safety Guide: Chemicals

This new 5th edition of the ICS Tanker Safety Guide (Chemicals) expanded the guidance on key safety issues, including enclosed space entry, risk assessments and PPE. It is aligned with the latest edition of  ISGOTT: International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals.

It provides chemical tanker operators and crew with up-to-date best practice guidance for safe and pollution-free operations on ships regulated under MARPOL Annex II (Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by Noxious Liquid Substances). This includes oil tankers operating in accordance with Annex II when they are carrying chemical cargoes. New and improved ship/shore safety checklists will help ship and terminal crew complete important safety checks efficiently.   


Cyber Security Workbook for On Board Ship Use 2021 Edition
Protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks is a growing concern at sea. Ships are now a common target for hackers, and it’s important that the entire crew has an understanding of how and when these attacks can occur.
Now in its second edition, this workbook offers practical, detailed guidance on all aspects of cyber security, including brand new sections on remote access, intrusion detection systems and engine department considerations. Its real strength, however, is in the straightforward way information is laid out, including comprehensive checklists to help with the day-to-day management of onboard cyber security, and clear guidance on how best to detect, respond and recover in the event of an attack.

Officer of the Watch (OOW) Training Cards
In 2013, psychologists in the US reviewed 1,000 scientific studies looking at 10 of the most popular revision strategies. They concluded that only two turned out to be really effective – testing yourself and spreading out your revision over time.
You can use these cards to do both. Developed to help if you’re sitting the OOW oral exam, they’re a great way to retrieve material from your memory and learn better in the long run. Divided into colour-coded topic groups, each card is double-sided with the topic and questions on the forward face and the answers on the reverse. If you get an answer wrong, just put that card to the side and re-test yourself again before putting the pack away. “After a certain number of times,” claims the publisher, “you will remember!”



Reeds Cooking at Sea Handbook

Limited access to fresh food and lack of space can make cooking aboard a bit of a chore. And that’s exactly why this attractively priced handbook deserves to be on all galley shelves. It promises to make meal preparation simpler, safer and – crucially – more pleasurable for all.


Still sceptical? Then take comfort from the fact this author really knows what she’s talking about, having honed her culinary skills on a two-year cruise with only a single paraffin burner! Whether you need to feed the ravenous crew for a similarly long-term passage, or you’re just out for a weekend jolly, this should provide ample recipe inspiration alongside guidance on planning for the trip, storing your food and even baking bread aboard.


Seamanship 2.0

The knowledge to sort yourself out when encountering problems at sea is largely forgotten. How to find your way when the GPS plotter has a blackout, how to get yourself off when grounded, how to save the life of someone in your crew when the ambulance or SAR helicopter is hours away… Too many rely on technology to navigate and run their boats, and this beautifully illustrated handbook will be a literal backup when the tech fails, filled with core knowledge – seamanship – that all skippers should know anyway, whether they're in the middle of an emergency or not.


Packed with vital information, with handy fact boxes to highlight especially important information, the authors have lent a modern, real-world approach to the subject matter, and the wonderful illustrations bring it to life.


The Junks and Sampans of the Yangtze
For those with a keen interest in historic craft, this exhaustive look at the evolution and construction of traditional Chinese boats offers a real treat.
The book is, in fact, a reissue of a classic set of five texts published in the 1940s by G. R. G. Worcester, who served as river inspector for Chinese Maritime Customs for 30 years. Knowledge gleaned ‘on the job’, plus a further eight years of field research, make this the definitive study of the lives of the junkmen and the craft they sailed. More than 900 drawings and photographs add further context.
Just as fascinating as the boats described, however, is Worcester’s single-mindedness in seeing his project through. His research was carried out during one of the most turbulent periods in Chinese history, and even included three-year internment in a Japanese prison camp.

A Bucket of Steam
A Bucket of Steam is both a memoir and a work of the imagination – a little gem of a book where the author reflects on his own seafaring life and tells other maritime stories, all through the medium of poetry. The author even uses verse on the back cover to explain the book's title and invite readers in:
We were sent for a bucket of steam, or bread for the Panama mules –
Mariners on board took us for lubbers and fools.
But these shellbacks are heroes, now veterans of an age.
I wrote about seafaring men – please read and turn the page.

Ocean Freighter Heyday
For author Malcolm Cranfield, the heyday of ocean freighters sits firmly in the three decades following the Second World War and up to the mass adoption of containerisation.
These were the in-between years when family-run shipowners were still hands-on enterprises and often led by a seafaring patriarch.
This hardback, full-colour picture book looks at British and other northern European ships serving the international trades till the end of the 1970s. It is split into four sections: well-known shipping lines; freighters; freighters in rivers and port approaches; and the slightly older and slower tramp ships.

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