Marine Society Bookshop Newsletter: May 2021                                                                                                                                    View in browser                                                                                      

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The Marine Society ships' library service will be celebrating the 101st anniversary on 29th May. If you have ever used one of our libraries on board a ship, please let us know.  We would love to hear from you if you enjoyed the benefits of the service. You can send us your feedback to or just drop us a message via WhatsApp on +447903 542 292. To highlight the history of the library, you can read the history of the ships’ libraries on our blog.
Our relationship with major client, Shell, is continuing to blossom with crew member Ellie Johnson only having good things to say about her usage of the ships’ library service.
“I cannot emphasise enough how books are a welcome relief and it's a shame more people don’t use them on board as they are often confined to a dark corner. Reading really can bring pleasure and as a cadet I would always look forward to the new delivery! “

- Ellie Johnson, Shell Crew Member


IMDG Code 2020, (Incorporating Amendment 40-20) Volume 1&2

The International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code, which was first published in 1965, has become the standard guide to all aspects of handling dangerous goods and marine pollutants at sea.


This 2020 edition will be voluntary starting 1st January 2021 and becomes mandatory on 1st January 2022. It lays down basic principles, including detailed recommendations for individual substances, materials and articles, plus good operational practice. There’s also handy advice on terminology, packing, labelling, stowage, segregation and handling, and emergency response action.


IMDG Supplement

The International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code relates to the safe carriage of dangerous goods by sea, but does not include all details of procedures for packing of dangerous goods or actions to take in the event of an emergency or accident involving personnel who handle goods at sea. These aspects are covered by the publications that are associated with the IMDG Code, which are included in this Supplement.

Thomas’ Stowage, 9th Edition

This exhaustive reference to procedures and individual commodities remains an essential resource for anyone handling cargo at sea.

Now in its 9th incarnation, the updates are mainly a response to new commodities in the IMSBC Code. However, other changes are no less helpful, including separating out general and and dry bulk commodities, and giving a fuller explanation of the meaning and use of symbols relating to bulk cargoes.

All commodities are well indexed, including listings by their local or less frequently used names, making this a surprisingly easy book to find your way around.

Management Level Stability
Only recently published (April 2021), this helpful textbook is aimed primarily at students of the IMO Model Course 7.01 (Master and Chief Mate) and 7.02 (Chief Engineer Officer and Second Engineer Officer).
It’s of particular value to learners who don’t have access to classroom-based teaching, with the onus on working through examples yourself at home, and then testing your newly gleaned knowledge on the self-assessment questions (and answers) which follow.

Operational Level Stability for Deck and Engineer Officers, is a sister title, for students undertaking marine examinations in IMO Model Course 7.03 (Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch) and 7.04 (Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch) which follows the same format and principles

Parallel Index Techniques

Useful for all navigators, whether deck officers or pilots, this publication focuses on common errors and limitations you’re likely to come across when using radar equipment to navigate in confined waters. There’s also invaluable information on the use of ARPA and chart overlays.


The advice given has been rigorously tested on simulators and validated in real life. Readers should note, however that this is not a technical radar manual and it’s assumed you’ll already be familiar with radar principles and the manufacturer’s guidance for the radar on your current ship.

Pounder's Marine Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines

The influence of new technology and the impact of recent legislative changes are among vital updates in the 10th edition of this classic engineering handbook


Its been over a decade since the last revision, during which time a number of emission control areas have been established by the IMO. The new text deals with the implications of these, guides the reader through the latest emission control technologies, such as SCR and water scrubbers, and expands upon remote monitoring and control of engines.


And, as always, the book is packed with detail on available engines and auxiliary equipment, plus trends for the future.


SOLAS LSA Training Manual

From visual distress signals to man overboard recovery, lifebuoy equipment to launching survival craft, this training manual of life-saving appliances meets the latest SOLAS 2021 requirements, including an important update on enclosed space entry.


Presented in an A4, loose-leaf format, the publication gives an overview of equipment and procedures generally, before leaving space for users to jot down specifics aboard their own vessel. As such, each manual becomes unique and fully compliant with the cited regulations for all types of SOLAS craft and larger non-SOLAS ones.


RYA Navigation Handbook

The second edition of this indispensable guide to navigating at sea covers traditional techniques alongside modern electronic chartwork and GPS. While technology can certainly make things easier for the modern sailor, getting to grips with the basic, time-honoured principles which underpin it is vital to build up your competence and confidence.

Breaking subjects into easy-to-understand chunks, with useful accompanying illustrations, this is one of the best navigation reference books on the market. And, of course, for anyone following RYA courses a lot of this material forms a key part of the exam syllabus.


Introduction to Shipping

Provides an overview of the shipping industry. It defines and describes all aspects of shipping, the personnel who work in it, the history behind it and introduces key aspects of finance and accounting in shipping in a simple to follow format. The book also covers all forms of shipping documentation, ship types, trade routes and ports. In providing an authoritative assessment of global shipping, Introduction to Shipping is suitable not only for personnel within the industry, but also for those in other professions who wish to expand their general understanding of this exciting and dynamic industry.


The Devil and the Dark Water
Set in 1634, The Devil follows the ill-fated journey of the Saardam, an Indiaman galleon owned by the United East India Company, from Batavia in the Dutch East Indies to Amsterdam. Aboard is a secret cargo that will make the Governor General of Batavia Jan Haan very rich and secure him a place on the ruling body of the Company – the wealthiest in the world at that time.
But no sooner is the ship out to sea than the devilry begins, with a strange symbol appearing on the sail and a dead leper stalking the decks. It's not long before more dead bodies start to wash up and wash out to sea and the characters start turning upon each other.

Sea of Death
This is the story of how 10,000 lives were lost in the Baltic Sea in the final days of the Second World War – including many civilians, and many on cruise ships and liners.
Claes-Göran Wetterholm brings the horror of these tragic events to life in this gripping study, first published in Swedish, as he collates the unknown stories of four major shipping disasters, the most terrible in history. Combining archive research with interviews with survivors and the relatives of those who died, Wetterholm vividly conveys his experiences of meeting many witnesses to a forgotten and horrifying piece of history.

Ferry Good
Geoffrey Watson photographed and travelled on many different ferries over the past forty years. Especially during the 1980’s when Russell Plummer organised an annual trip to the Baltic which became known as the Ships’ Monthly Ferry Cruise. With Russell’s knowledge and contacts, he was able to photograph ferries from the best vantage points and travel in style on the latest ferries, quite often with visits to the bridge and group dinners included.
The text is well researched, though it is a shame that occasionally the fate of a ship remains unknown. The focus here, however, is on the full-colour pictures, which were taken between the 1980s and today. These pictures are quite small in print, but they are also very well shot, and the print quality means that they are sharp and clear on the page.

The Canal Guide: Britain's 55 Best Canals
This fully updated new edition highlights 55 of Britain's most beautiful and interesting canals, with new photography, updated text throughout and a new 'places to visit' feature for each canal (picking out 3 places within walking distance, and another 3 slightly further away). In each of the 55 chapters, Stuart Fisher gives a lively background to the history, wildlife and pubs alongside each waterway, as well as a handy map and useful information for visitors.

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