Nothing Over the Side

Examining Safe Crude Oil Tankers

By Raymond Solly

Format: Hardback

The only professionally-written analytical and descriptive account of everyday procedures aboard crude oil tankers. An unbiased account that demonstrates how the industry confronts and deals positively with the many challenges it faces

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Whittles Publishing has been established for some years but recently has expanded significantly, becoming a well-known technical publisher on a global stage. They publish quality, well-produced and attractive books and specialise in the following subjects: geomatics, civil and structural engineering and applied science. They are also developing new lists in specific disciplines including architecture and landscape, manufacturing and materials technology, fuel and energy science and geotechnics. They also publish non-technical books within the following areas: maritime, pharology, military history, nature and exploration.

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This is the first recent book to lift the lid off the crude oil tanker industry and to demonstrate that, contrary to general opinion, crude oil tankers are the safest and most regulated business/industry in the world. As an ex-supertanker navigating and deck officer, the author saw for himself during two recent voyages how ships were operated on a daily basis and everything was recorded exactly as it happened. These findings are important to all who wish to know what happens aboard the thousands of tankers that transport the vast quantities of unrefined oil used for the diverse essential commodities in our daily lives. Other issues are confronted such as the efforts made by the industry to deal with flag states and sub-standard operators that do not readily conform to international laws and conventions; the examination of double-hulled tanker construction; the protection of tanks against rusting and corrosion; water ballast transference; cutting greenhouse emissions and sea pollution prevention, including the environmentally-safe dispersal of marine growths on the hull.

Light is cast upon a number of topical issues such as international piracy; concern with the worldwide fall in numbers of officers and ratings; up-to-date methods of securing their training; safety on board ship and the navigation of the tankers themselves, along with the latest efforts to regulate ship breaking on Asian beaches. The determined efforts of the crude oil tanker industry including its proactive initiatives to make each tanker safe and efficient at sea provide a fascinating account which is at times surprisingly dramatic.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Hardback
Imprint Whittles Publishing
Publication Date 5 Feb 2010
ISBN 9781904445944
Number of Pages 224

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'This excellent little book was created by an experienced navigating officer who has since become an academic. Before he commenced he was well aware of the safety and pollution consciousness of the tanker sector. ...this book provides an unbiased and balanced description of how the sector operates. It would be a good idea if INTERTANKO were to provide for its widespread dissemination throughout the world's general media.' Work Boat World '...does provide useful data for students of the industry... ...he does cover a lot of aspects from operation and regulation through construction and corrosion to ship breaking in India...' The Nautical Magazine '...It is a thorough and clearly-written portrayal of life at sea which succeeds in its aim of lifting the lid on the crude oil tanker industry'. Nautilus Telegraph

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