Life at Sea

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  • The Unpredictability of Winter Storms at Sea
    Winter months in higher latitudes means lots of storms. The weather can change abruptly from cold and sunny to warm and raining. All this is brought about due to air-mass movement, and can be very unpredictable.
  • Basics of Sea Collision Regulations: Lights, Shapes, and Sound Signals
    While it is primarily the responsibility of the navigators, Marine Engineers who work at sea should also understand the lights, shapes and sound signals used on ships. These indicate the length and type of ship to others, and help navigators determine their responsibility and actions.
  • Laws in Place on Oil Spill Prevention & Clean-Up
    Oil Spills can have devastating consequences on the environment. For this reason environmental agencies have certain laws and stipulations regarding the safety of marine vessels and responsibility for clean-up.
  • Managing Severe Injury and Medical Ailments aboard Ship
    Working on a ship can involve a substantial amount of risk to a seafarer's life. Numerous hazardous agents on a ship can be risky and even life threatening. So what should be done in case of an injured or ill sailor onboard a ship that is far away from the shore... and the nearest hospital?
  • Duties After Pilot Departure
    After the ship is out of the port limits and the pilot has gone, the marine engineers have a lot of work to do - from adjusting the main engine revs to run at maximum possible load as per the weather to starting the fresh water generator, etc. The complete plant has to be set up to run optimally.
  • The Roles of Complacency and Routinization in Maritime Accidents
    This article discusses how the negative effects of complacency and routinization lead to marine accidents. To avoid this situation, many shipping companies are formally recognizing the importance of a Safety Management System for shipboard jobs.
  • Engine Room Watch-keeping Duties: Temperatures & the Sense of Touch
    Engineroom watch keeping duties include the estimate of component temperatures using the sense of touch. Engineers can rely on this as well as instruments and gauges in checking equipment such as relief valves, and air start valves for leakage or incorrect operation.
  • Ship Watchkeeping Engineer Duties Regarding Auxiliary Equipment
    Watch-keepers must be familiar not only with the main engine components, but also with the location of all the engine room auxiliaries; switchboard, lube oil, jacket and seawater circ pumps and relevant coolers, generators, air compressors and vessels, shaft tunnel bearings, and stern gland.
  • Trivia Quiz for Ship's Engineers
    Engineer Officers gain experience through looking after the ship’s main engines during their watch and by checking, maintaining, and repairing the numerous components of the engine room. Their experience in marine engineering can be accessed through taking the following nautical trivia quiz.
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