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New guide to simplify ship terms for non-engineers

March 12 - The second edition of an industry guide that sets out to simplify the often arcane terminology in the heavy lift shipping sector has been published.

Braemar (Incorporating the Salvage Association) has released the second edition of its Guide to Hull & Machinery, a key reference book covering some of the common terminology used for ships, their engines, and ship-related operation, which is often encountered in survey reports.

The authors consider that marine survey reports frequently contain engineering terminology which can often be unfamiliar tonon-engineers in the wider spectrum of the shipping industry. In an attempt to bridge this gap, the first version of the Guide to Hull & Machinery, released last year, was met with such enthusiasm by the marine insurance market that Braemar (Incorporating the Salvage Association) has now produced a new enhanced version.

The second edition includes additional data such as explanations on gross and net registered tonnages, subdivision and load line, deck mooring fittings and lifting appliances, whilst some useful guide formulas are included on selection of wires and synthetic ropes.

In the machinery section data can be found on gear boxes, fuel and lube oil systems, purifiers and transmission systems, whilst the sheer scale of marine engines in comparison to a human body can now be appreciated on the section of typical propulsion engines.

Dino Levantis, business director for the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe region of Braemar (Incorporating the Salvage Association), is the lead author of the publication.

He says: "Targeted at experienced marine professionals and newcomers alike it is not intended as an unwieldy dictionary of terminology but as a quick reference tool with easily understood illustrations that covers the essentials in a user friendly way."

The guide is available in hard copy or pdf and is free of charge to those working in marine claims and insurance.


For further information or a copy of the guide please contact Charlotte Ward, head of marketing and client relations at Braemar (Incorporating the Salvage Association) at

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