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What is the Difference Between SOPEP and SMPEP?

When it comes to the prevention of marine pollution, SOPEP and SMPEP are at the top of the list. They are the vessel’s response plans and procedures in case you have a spill on board. You might have seen those big (sometimes small) yellow boxes on deck marked with SMPEP or...

Safety Tips Before, During and After Loading Operation

A ship’s loading operation is a carefully planned activity where the cargoes are transferred from the shore terminal to the vessel’s cargo tanks. It sounds simple and it actually does. But unbeknown to most, it involves many moving parts from preparation to the disconnection...

What is a Notice of Readiness or NOR

Ships operate under specific rules of business. One of the terms you most often hear on board is N.O.R. or Notice of Readiness. This term is normally tossed over when the ship arrives in port either at the anchorage or in berth. I was a cadet back then when I discovered how...

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Parts of an Anchor and Its Windlass Arrangement
Anchors play an important role in a vessel. They are very crucial for the reason that ships with only a single anchor are unseaworthy to sail. That’s why all the parts of an anchor must be in good condition. Not just the anchor itself but its chain, windlass, bitter...
Second Officer Duties, Salary and Responsibilities
A Second Officer is a deck officer in charge of a navigational watch (OIC-NW). He is also called the Navigational Officer since his job description centers on voyage planning and chart works. At other times, he is called a Second Mate. If the ship’s captain gives the...
The Basics of Marine Meteorology – A Guide for Seafarers
Marine meteorology is a branch of science that studies weather and climate as they apply to the ocean and the coasts. Studying the phenomenon happening at sea is very important. For one, the ocean comprises a huge part of our work environment. 70% of the earth’s...
How to Reschedule Your ICV Appointment in the Bureau of Quarantine
The International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) is now part of our working life. If you are employed especially abroad, or wanting to travel outside the country, expect to have this kind of document. ICVP is commonly known as Yellow Card during our...
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