The Nautical Institute launched Bulk Carrier Practice – the 2nd Edition by Captain Jack Isbester in response to significant changes in the bulk carrier industry over recent years. The updated book takes into account the growth of the fleet and the growth in size of individual vessels. When the 1st edition was published by The Nautical Institute in 1993 there were 5,000 ships in the bulk carrier fleet – expanding by mid 2009 to about 7,000, with some 3,000 newbuildings on order. The intervening years have also seen the addition of very large bulk carriers to the world fleet.
The enlarged 2nd edition covers these changes and takes account of innovations in good practice and of the substantial number of new regulations and codes introduced since the first edition including:
- SOLAS and MARPOL amendments
- IMSBC Code
- ISM Code
- ISPS Code
- BLU Code
Increasing use of computers on board vessels, improvements in communications and changes in shipboard procedures and practices are all fully recognised in this new book, which provides detailed advice on planning and implementation of work aboard bulk carriers and important technical updates on the carriage of grain, coal and steel coils; and information on the carriage of cement.
The CD contains four operating manuals and structural drawings. Extensive new appendices provide advice on subjects as diverse as eliminating taint from fishmeal cargoes before loading flour to the maintenance of coatings in ballast tanks and holds. Information is given on developments such as double skinned bulk carriers. The book describes practical matters in plain language and is essential reading for: bulk carrier Masters and deck officers; shipping lawyers; superintendents; maritime arbitrators; marine consultants; nautical college lecturers; surveyors and P&I Club claims handlers.