Which checks must be conducted on the bridge prior to arrival?

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The Officer of Watch must check:

  1. Pre pilotage information has been prepared.
  2. The passage plan has been updated following receipt of the shore to ship pilot-master exchange form.
  3. Has the ETA been sent with all relevant information required by local regulations e.g. details of dangerous/ hazardous goods carried?
  4. Is it necessary to rearrange ballast to get the required UKC or air draught.
  5. Test Bridge - ER telegraph.
  6. Communications with ECR and mooring stations been established.
  7. Try out lights of Christmas Tree.
  8. Check Aldis Lamp both on Main Power and Battery.
  9. Check the light and buzzer alarms for Navigation Light Failure.
  10. Check the light and buzzer alarm for Bridge Alarm Panel.
  11. Prepare and check deck lightings.
  12. Try out Emergency Communication System.
  13. Ensure all Gyro repeaters are synchronized.
  14. Try out VHF and make sure that channel selected on one VHF is Ch.16 and channel on other VHF is as required by ALRS Vol.6 or Local Pilot Channel.
  15. Try our both the RADARs (X-Band) and (S-Band) and make sure appropriate Range, Pulse, Anti Sea Clutter, Anti-Rain Clutters, Vectors, Trails, Motion, View etc. has been set as required.
  16. Echo Sounder is switched on and appropriate range level is selected.
  17. Check that the routes have been loaded in ECDIS and if not load the routes in it.
  18. Appropriate Vector, Scale of Chart, Motion etc. to be selected on ECDIS.
  19. Trying out the steering system.
    a. Use two motors one at a time.
    b. Use two transmission system, trying out each system separately.
    c. Testing the Rudder Angle Indicator on the bridge. The wheel is turned to various helm angles. The read out of the rudder indicator in the wheelhouse should tally with the angle as seen in the steering flat by the engineer officer.
    d. The engineer officer will then check the steering system for any hydraulic leaks, malfunctions, theft of vital parts, sabotage etc.
  20. Maneuvering the engines astern.
  21. Make sure that port been made fully aware of any special berthing requirements. Steering Gear
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