Shipshape Training Course - Introduction
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Introduction to the course
The purpose of the 3 day ShipShape Course is for the dying breed of Shipping Technical Executives to impart their knowledge to highly educated people pursuing a career in Maritime Law or Insurance. The course is designed for Lawyers, and executives in Law Firms, P&I clubs, Insurance Companies, Brokers, Shipowners, Charterers whose careers require an understanding of the technical implication and operation of vessels.
The course is presented by Survey Personnel of Overseas Maritime along with contributions by specialists in the Shipping Industry.
Visits to Vessels

The course involves visits to approximately 10 different ship types in total during the 3 days of the course (for example container vessel, bulk carrier, general cargo vessel, refrigerated cargo vessel, product tanker, fast ferry, passenger vessel, fast attack missile craft, Jack Up rig, mega yacht etc). The types of ships boarded during the course depend on the vessels in port working cargo or in the various shipyards under repair on the dates of the course.

The visits include entering the cargo holds / cargo tanks, engine room, wheelhouse, control room as well as the main deck and forecastle deck. When a vessel is in dry dock the visit also includes a tour under the vessel in order to note the underwater hull structure.
Ship Types and Basic Ship Construction : With use of General Arrangement plans of General Cargo Ship, Bulk Carrier, Crude Tanker, Product Tanker, Gas Carrier, Refrigerated Cargo Vessel, Passenger Ship, Luxury Yacht, Ro-Ro Cargo/Passenger Carrier, Fast Ferry, Container Ship, Tug, Mega Yacht.
Propulsion Systems : Steam propulsion machinery: boilers turbines, reduction gears, condensers, turbo alternators, fresh water generators. Medium speed propulsion machinery: types of main engines, four stroke cycle, reduction gears controllable pitch propellers, shaft generators, type of fuel, fuel treatment, lubricating oil treatment. Slow speed propulsion machinery: types of main engines, two stroke cycle, thrust block, fixed pitch propellers, reversing gear, alarms.
Bridge Equipment, Collision Avoidance & Navigation : Collision Rules, restricted visibility, close quarters, use of VHF, starboard bow reciprocal meeting, crossing/meeting, overtaking, narrow channels, not under command, traffic separation schemes, lookout, lights, shapes and sound signals, fishing vessels, lifeboats and life rafts. This lecture is normally given in the wheelhouse of a Fast Ferry and the bridge equipment such as the ARPA Radar, electronic charts, vessel’s joystick control handles, and echo sounder are demonstrated.
Hatch Openings & Cargo Operations : Timber battens and tarpaulins, pontoons and tarpaulins, McGregor type hatch covers, water-tight pontoons. Testing of hatch covers covering daylight test, chalk test, hose test & ultrasonic device with demonstration and mention of advantages and disadvantages. Overview of Ramneck tape and other quick-fix temporary solutions and their bearing on cargo claims, Hatchless Container Ships. Water-tight ‘tween decks, derricks in union purchase. Cargo cranes, purpose of Loading Master, Stevedores & Tally Clerks. Latest STCW requirements, measurement of oil cargoes. Methods of sampling, measurement of air-flows through mechanically ventilated cargo holds and temperature/moisture measurements of grain cargoes are demonstrated.
Fire & Explosions : Fires in coal, iron filings, cotton and associated cargoes. Passenger ship fires and danger of loss of stability, passenger or crew arson. Fires/explosions in containers, with reference to the IMDG code. Tanker explosions with reference to SOLAS, gas free compartments and inert gas. Engine room fires, deliberate or accidental. Methods available to extinguish ships fires.
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