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Ship Security Alert System – The Silent Alarm That We Need

A few days ago, we talked about the ship's emergency alarms and how bombastic, disturbing, and noisy they are. It should be that way since it's an alert system. In case something terrible happens, everyone on board knows what to do. So here's something to blow your mind. We...

Emergency Generator on Ships – What No One Tells You

Having power and electricity is vital for ships to function at sea. It does not matter if it is a small yacht or a huge supertanker. They need energy to run and reach their destination safely. Hence, seafarers perform maintenance schedules for all the machinery and...

Types of Bulk Carriers by Design, Sizes, and Regional Trades

After hearing my seafarer friend talk about his interview on the different types of bulk carriers, I became confused and even questioned my understanding of those ships. It's not because I'm a tanker guy that I failed to comprehend what they meant. It's just that the classes...

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Maritime Dictionary – Everything That Starts with the Letters “X, Y, Z”
X X - Code flag; Stop carrying out your intentions and watch for my signals. The traditional signature of an illiterate seaman. Morse code; ▬ ● ● ▬. X-band - A radar with 3cm wavelength transmitting at 10,000MHz. Xebec - Small three-masted, lateen-rigged trading...
Maritime Dictionary – Everything That Starts with the Letter “W”
W - Code flag; I require medical assistance. Morse code; ● ▬ ▬. Waft - To convoy or escort, a vessel (16th century), 2 Weft. Wager Policy - Policy of marine insurance issued to an insurer who has not declared his interest in matter insured. If he has no interest,...
Maritime Dictionary – Everything that Starts with the Letter “V”
V - Code flag; I require assistance. Morse Code; ● ● ● ▬ V Bottom - A hull with the bottom section in the shape of a “V”. V flag + two numerals - Code flags; Speed in K.P.H. Vailing Topsail - Letting go topsail halyards as a salute. Valuation Clause - Inserted in a...
What is an Accommodation Ladder? Regulations, Parts, Maintenance
One of the safest means of accessing a ship is through the use of an accommodation ladder. It is also the most convenient and the most preferred method of many sea folks. Whether at the anchorage or sea, these ladders had proven their usefulness on board. They fit...
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