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Marine Ferry Transports: An Operator’s Guide


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Marine Ferry Transports: An Operator’s Guide

This text focuses on ferry operations, detailing the changing trends, new technologies and legislation that are essential to safe operations within this very active and rapidly expanding sector.
Chapters include: Ferry profile; High-speed ferries; Equipment and operations; Mooring and docking systems; Propulsion and manoeuvring aids; Cargo handling; Passenger arena; Safety; Fire fighting systems; Legislation; and Training.


Author’s Preface
About the Author
List of Abbreviations
List of Ferry Line Operators and Routes
Ferry Ship Builders and Designers
General Definitions

Chapter 1 Ferry Profile
Ferry types and profiles
The Roll-on Roll-off principle
Strategic use of ferries
Commercial use – rail ferry operations
Stability features and ferry survivability
Loading computers
Construction methods and changes

Chapter 2 High Speed Ferries
Profile of High Speed Craft
High Speed Craft Code
Catamarans and multi hull type ferries
HSC surveys and certificates
HSC operations ‘Craft Operating Manual’ and ‘Permit to Operate’
Watchkeeping practice and HSC anchoring facility
Night vision equipment, voyage planning and route operational manual
Crew training and qualifications for HSC

Chapter 3 Navigational Bridge - Equipment and Operations
Navigational Bridge
Equipment and management
Integrated bridge control
Regulation watchkeeping duties
Ships compass and steering operations
Use of ECDIS
Collision avoidance, position monitoring and VTS
AIS communication requirements
Own ship pilotage
Voyage data recorders

Chapter 4 Mooring and Docking Sytems for Ferries
Mooring and docking method
Mooring equipment and ferry-docks
Deck machinery
Mooring of HSC
Positive position mooring and crew access
Bow and stern securings
Storm moorings

Chapter 5 Propulsion and Manoeuvring Aids
Main propulsion machinery, auxiliary machinery
Environmental issues – pollution, waste disposal, ballast control
Noise and vibration issues
Manoeuvring aids
Pod technology and medium speed diesels
Dual control
HSC propulsion requirements
Water jet power
Steering systems, thrusters, stabilization systems
Speed logs maintenance and service

Chapter 6 Cargo Handling and Access Equipment
Cargo handling and access methods
Bow visor arrangements, stern ramps, side access methods
Vehicle ramps ashore and afloat, link spans
Vehicle decks
Vehicle traffic types and securing
Drive through options
Vehicle types
Shipping, reception, documentation and the carriage of hazardous goods
Features maintenance

Chapter 7 The Passenger Arena
Passenger areas
Terminal reception facilities, access companionways, and public accommodation
On board facilities
Cabin accommodation
Communication P/A systems and passenger liaison
Passenger flow systems
Public facilities aboard ferry types
Catering facilities
Commuter Ferry facilities
Disabled passengers and ship security
Chapter 8 Life Saving Appliances and Passenger Safety
Life Saving Appliances, emergency actions and procedures
Emergency equipment lockers
Phases of survival, support systems and SAR plans
Passenger control and evacuation methods
Life jackets, liferafts and MES/MEC’s rescue equipment and methods
Man overboard and rescue boats
Helicopter/ferry activity
On board helicopter facilities

Chapter 9 Fire and Fire Fighting Systems
Fire fighting, equipment and procedures
Emergency lighting and power sources
Alarms and vehicle deck protection
Automatic sprinkler systems and total flood operations
Monitoring and protection systems, escape plans
Structural definitions
Compartment definition and regulations
Ro-Ro spaces
Water tight doors
Drainage and ventilation

Chapter 10 Ferry Legislation and Training
Ferry legislation and training requirements
Employment and Crew Agreements
Special training requirements, Shipboard documentation and log books
Young persons employment
General documentation for ferry operations

I Classification of Ships
II Relevant MGN’s, MIN’s, MSN’s
III Accident record of ferry vessels
Index to Vessels