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  • How To Avoid And Treat Fish Poisoning (Seafarers' Pain)

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    How To Avoid And Treat Fish Poisoning (Seafarers' Pain)

    One of the more popular pastimes for many seafarers is fishing. It seems no sooner has the anchor grabbed the bottom, then the lines and hooks are thrown over the side and the angling begins. However, it seems that sometimes there are serious safety concerns to consider.

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    Seafaring A – Z Alphabet – “X” is for…

    Seafaring A – Z Alphabet – “X” is for…

    Seafaring A – Z Alphabet – “W” is for…

    Seafaring A – Z Alphabet – “W” is for…

    Watchkeeper - A watchkeeper is someone who keeps watch on board a ship. The term “watchkeeping”, therefore concerns the division of personnel over a set time period to operate a ship continuously.

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    Seafaring A-Z Alphabet - “F” is for…

    Fatigue - Fatigue is not some vague concept to be confused with feeling a bit tired. At sea it is becoming ever more important and problematic. Fatigue is a recognised and serious medical concern, and is all about the physical and/or mental state of being tired and weak.

    Seafaring A – Z Alphabet – “U” is for…

    Seafaring A – Z Alphabet – “U” is for…

    Let’s get this rolling with: Ullage – The “Ullage” or “headspace” of a tank or vessel is the unfilled space left to be filled, and describes the empty space in large tanks or holds used to store or carry liquids –usually oil, but can be applied to bulk solids such as grain. Taking an ullage reading is the companion process to taking a “sounding”. However, where a sounding measures the depth of fluid from the surface to the bottom of the tank, an ullage value is the distance yet to be filled.

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    Seafaring A – Z Alphabet – “V” is for…

    Seafaring A – Z Alphabet – “V” is for…

    Vapours - Tankers, despite safety advances, still have the capacity to act as floating bombs. This is due to the "fire triangle", and the fact that before a fire or explosion can occur, three conditions must be met simultaneously. A fuel (ie. combustible gas) and oxygen (air) must exist in certain proportions, along with an ignition source, such as a spark or flame. The ratio of fuel and oxygen that is required varies with each combustible gas or vapour.

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    Seafaring A – Z Alphabet – “T” is for…

    Seafaring A – Z Alphabet – “T” is for…

    Let’s get this rolling with: Tanker Tanker Tankers - All ships used to be “general cargo vessels”, they lifted whatever cargo was going and whether it was suitable of not, there was very little in the way of specialisation. Ships plied their trade wherever carried whatever was available.

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    Seafaring A-Z Alphabet - "K" is for...

    Keel - On ships, the “keel” is a beam around which the hull of a ship is built. The keel runs in the transverse centreline of the ship, from the bow to the stern, and serves as a basic foundation or spine of the structure, providing the major source of structural strength of the hull.

    Seafaring A – Z Alphabet – “S” is for…

    Seafaring A – Z Alphabet – “S” is for…

    Security - Shipping has long been vulnerable to attack, fraud and crime at sea, so the industry takes maritime security seriously. People, cargoes and vessels have an inherent value and so are attractive targets for terrorists, pirates, fraudsters and criminals. Different areas have different risks, but security is an increasingly important part of shipboard operations.

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