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Marine Survival, 3rd Edition

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This third edition, in full colour throughout, is the ideal study aid for cadets and ships' officers. Topics covered include evacuation systems, immersion suits and lifejackets, onboard training, helicopter operations, lifeboat, liferafts, personal survival, emergency communication and medical advice.

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With a new section on Lifeboat release hooks and FPDs, the text covers Lifeboat Release Systems, where now, SOLAS Regulation III/1.5, requires ships with lifeboat release and retrieval systems that have been determined as not complying with the relevant sections of the 2010 LSA Code to be replaced with compliant equipment not later than the first scheduled drydock after 1st July 2014, but in any case not later than 1 July 2019.


Authors Introduction

1 Evacuation Systems and Marine Requirements

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Actions Before Abandoning Ship or Offshore Installation

1.3 Survival Craft: Manning Requirements Applicable to all Ships

1.4 Responsibilities of Coxswains when Abandoning Ship or Installation

1.5 Methods of Evacuation

1.6 Survival Actions in the Water

1.7 Actions in Survival Craft (of the totally enclosed type)

1.8 Main Dangers to Survivors

1.9 Summary

2 Immersion Suits, Lifejackets and Buoyancy Aids

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Requirements for the Provision of Immersion Suits and Thermal Protective Aids on Ships

2.3 General Requirements for Immersion Suits

2.4 Requirements for Thermal Protective Aids
(not to be confused with immersion suits)

2.5 Requirements for the Provision of Lifejackets on Ships

2.6 General Requirements for Lifejackets

2.7 Twin Chamber (Automatic) Lifejackets

2.8 The Aviation Lifejacket

2.9 General Requirements and Specifications for Lifebuoys

2.10 Summary

3 Emergency Alarms and Onboard Training

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Emergency Communications (applicable to passenger and cargo ships)

3.3 Emergency Alarm Signals

3.4 Survival Craft: Onboard Training and Drills

3.5Survival Craft: External Training Facilities


3.7 Summary

4 Helicopter Operations and Aircraft Identification

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Shipboard Operations with Helicopters

4.3 Deck Officer’s Checklist for Helicopter Operations

4.4 General Precautions for Seafarers Working with Helicopters

4.5 Deck Landing Examples

4.6 Passenger Safety for Helicopter Transit

4.7 Offshore Installations: Helideck Detail

4.8 Operational Details for Helidecks

4.9 In-flight Emergency Over the Sea Surface

4.10 Search and Rescue Operations Involving Helicopters

4.11 Evacuation Methods by Helicopter

4.12 Helicopter Operations

5 Lifeboat Construction and Equipment

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Requirements for the Provision of Lifeboats on Ships

5.3 General Requirements for Lifeboats

5.4 Lifeboat Construction

5.5 Additional Fittings to Lifeboats

5.6 Lifeboat Fitments

5.7 Lifeboat Equipment

5.8 General Information Regarding Lifeboats

5.9 Requirements for Totally Enclosed Lifeboats

5.10 Requirements for Rigid Survival Craft

6 Stowage, Launching and Recovery Systems

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Requirements for Launching and Stowage of Survival Craft

6.3 Requirements for Launching Appliances

6.4 Launching Procedure

6.5 Launching and Recovery Arrangements for Survival Craft

6.6 Embarkation and Launching of Survival Craft

6.7 Release Gear for Survival Craft

6.8 Lifeboat Release Hooks

6.9 Definition of Free-fall Launching

6.10 Free-fall Survival Craft

6.11 Capsule Survival Craft

6.12 Summary

7 Boat Handling

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Power Boat Handling Theory

7.3 Requirements for Lifeboat (engine) Propulsion

7.4 Engine Start Methods for Motor Lifeboats

7.5 Beaching Technique for a Lifeboat

7.6 Evacuation by Survival (rigid) Craft

7.7 Sail Theory

7.8 Summary


8.1 Introduction

8.2 Inflatable Liferafts –Constructional Requirements

8.3 Launching the Inflatable Liferaft

8.4 Hydrostatic Release: Method of Operation

8.5 Float-Free Arrangements for Liferafts

8.6 Liferaft Equipment

8.7 Miscellaneous Requirements for Liferafts

8.8 Liferaft Fittings

8.9 Davit-launched Liferafts

8.10 Operations with Survival Craft

8.11 Liferaft Case Studies

9 Personal Survival

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Survival Craft Operations

9.3 Liferaft Operations

9.4 Management of Liferafts

10 Rescue Boats

10.1 Introduction

10.2 Rescue Boat Regulations

10.3 General Requirements for Rescue Boats

10.4 Rescue Boat Categories

10.5 Designated Rescue Boats (shore-based)

10.6 Rescue Boat Equipment

10.7 Inflated Rescue Boats, Additional Requirements

10.8 Fast Rescue Craft (FRC) Operations

11 Medical Advice for Emergency Treatment of Marine Casualties

11.1 Introduction

11.2 Hypothermia

11.3 Treatment of Casualties in Survival Craft

11.4 Heat Exhaustion

11.5 Heatstroke

11.6 Casualties with Burns

11.7 Severe Bleeding

12 Emergency and Distress Communications

12.1 Introduction

12.2 Survival Craft: Methods of Attracting Attention

12.3 The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

12.4 EPIRBs

12.5 Voyage Data Recorder (VDR)

12.6 Search and Rescue Transponder (SART)

12.7 Surface Vessel/Aircraft Radio Communications Frequencies

12.8 US Coast Guard

12.9 Netherlands Coast Guard

12.10 Royal National Lifeboat Institution

12.11 Surface-to-air Visual Signals

12.12 Air-to-surface Visual Signals

12.13 Equipment Droppable by Aircraft

12.14 Ship Reporting Systems

12.15 Use of Rocket Line Throwing Apparatus

12.16 Breeches Buoy Operation

12.17 Search and Rescue for all UK Passenger Ships Additional ref. MSN 1783 (M))

During his sea-going career, David House spent four years engaged on the Irish Sea/Scottish Ferry routes, with Roll-on Roll-off freight and passenger vehicle operations. He continues his marine research and writing practice while lecturing in ‘Maritime Subjects’ in the United Kingdom.

He has published work across a spectrum of topics, including: General Seamanship, Navigation, Anchor Work, Marine Safety & Survival and Helicopter Operations. His works continue to be widely read in most maritime quarters around the world both ashore and afloat by practicing mariners and marine students.

Having served on a variety of vessels including: Dry and Bulk Cargo Ships, Passenger Liners, Containers, Reefer, and Ferries. This background with such diverse sea-going experience, together with over twenty years within Marine Education, provides an ideal source for his past and future works.

Title: Marine Survival, 3rd Edition
Edition: Third
Number of Pages: 315
Product Code: WS1221K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-355-2 (9781856093552), ISBN 10: 1-85609-355-7 (1856093557)
Published Date: November 2011
Binding Format: Hardback
Book Height: 250 mm
Book Width: 190 mm
Book Spine: 20 mm
Weight: 1.10 kg
Author: David J House

Customer Reviews

Fantastic, thoroughly recommended Review by Samuel
I am a Deck Cadet about to sit my OOW oral exam and have found this book incredibly useful. Lots of interesting and helpful pictures which makes it not so arduous to read. David J House at his best! (Posted on 05/07/2011)

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