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Seamanship Library to incorporate Guide to Tanker Ports

Witherby Publishing Group and Shipping Guides Ltd have reached an agreement to produce an eBook of Shipping Guides’ ten volume publication Guide to Tanker Ports (GTTP).

The new product will be available for purchase either as a module within the Witherby ‘Seamanship Library’ or as a standalone eBook. Purchasers of the standalone system will be provided with an eBook reader that is capable of downloading other books in the same format, as required.

GTTP is a tanker port reference manual that includes port information for tanker masters and owners/operators. The eBook version will be updated either by download from the internet or by DVD-ROM, with the first year’s updating service included in the initial purchase cost.

The eBook of GTTP will include all information available to existing users, such as pre-arrival information, port plans, maximum size of vessel, berth details, mooring diagrams, cargo facilities, health, safety and security, communications, shore facilities, regulations and local information, but will also allow users to add simple annotations.

Shipping Guides says it chose Witherby Seamanship as its partner in this move toward digitization as it would allow users to access GTTP in the same format already used for other industry standards in eBook format, such as The International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (ISGOTT) and Liquefied Gas Handling Principles on Ships and in Terminals, as well as SOLAS and MARPOL.

The Seamanship Library has a core module of 10 IMO titles that apply to all ships to which additional modules, including GTTP, may be added.

The Library is recognised by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) as being an electronic equivalent for the onboard carriage of IMO instruments such as the SOLAS, MARPOL, LL, COLREG and STCW Conventions and UK Regulations when these publications are required to be carried on board by the ship’s Safety Management System.

Both the Seamanship Library including GTTP, and GTTP as a standalone version, will be available through the ChartCo and Thomas Gunn Voyager navigational data management systems.

GTTP will be available as an eBook from 30th March 2012.

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