A new 140-page book, Casualty Management Guidelines, should prove a blessing for working mariners, especially the master who can be the “critical link” in the handling of the casualty.
A joint venture by the UK’s Nautical Institute and the International Salvage Union, this slim book admirably fulfills its aim of providing comprehensive practical guidance to help mariners during a casualty when demands can be confusing, contradictory, unclear or a combination of all three.
Masters and crew members are told what to expect from people or organizations that might be involved as the casualty unfolds. Thirteen chapters – authored by experts in these fields – are presented in a largely chronological order of how to deal with different interests, from owners to government officials, class, insurance or legal representatives, salvage experts and the media.
Koji Sekimizu, secretary-general of the IMO, writes in a foreword that the book “should become recommended reading for all those who may find themselves in a position of responsibility during a maritime casualty.”
John Noble, who has had a long career in salvage and who until recently was an advisor to the ISU, acting as its general manager, said : “As many as 50 people may be involved in immediate casualty response activities, and the book’s purpose is to give all parties an idea of where priorities lie with others attending.” Mr Noble was the technical editor of the book.
Another new book from The Nautical Institute published late April is Polar Ship Operations, intended to provide a comprehensive easy reference book for seafarers, shipowners and others who are planning to operate in that extreme environment. There has been increasing activity in the polar regions recently as the maritime and offshore industries respond to global warning and the need to find more sources of energy.
However, as author Captain Duke Snider explains, these regions used to be the domain of experienced operators and vessel owners. But there are traps and dangers for the inexperienced and unwary.
With this book the NI seeks to fill a gap in reference material available to these novice polar ice navigators, and supports the Institute’s efforts in helping to establish uniform international standards for ship bridge personnel in ice operations.
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• The NI is the international professional body for qualified seafarers and others with an interest in nautical matters, and provides a wide range of services. Founded in 1972, it has more than 40 branches worldwide and some 7,000 members in 100-plus countries.