Which important checks and activities to be carried out a while keeping the deck watch alongside?

24 Sep '18, 16:30

Sept. 24, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
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During the watch

  1. Make rounds to inspect the ship at appropriate intervals.
  2. Make sure gangway watch and patrols shall be carried out in accordance with the vessels Ship Security Plan. All restricted areas must remain secured or manned.
  3. Check the condition and securing of the gangway, anchor chain and moorings, especially at the turn of the tide and in berths having a large rise and fall, this is to ensure that they are in normal working condition.
  4. Check the draft, under-keel clearance and the general state of the ship, to avoid dangerous listing or trim during cargo handling or ballasting.
  5. Check the weather and sea state.
  6. Observe all regulations concerning safety and fire protection.
  7. Check the water level in bilges and tanks.
  8. Rat guards are to be always in place on mooring ropes while at berth.
  9. Deck scuppers are to remain plugged at all times except briefly opened to drain the rain water.
  10. Knowledge of all persons onboard and their location, especially those in remote or enclosed spaces is to be kept.
  11. Exhibit and sound all lights and signals, where ever appropriate and required.
  12. In bad weather or in receiving a storm warning, take the necessary measures to protect the ship, persons on board, and the cargo. Take every precaution to prevent pollution of the marine environment by ship’s operations.
  13. In an emergency threatening the safety of the ship, raise alarm, inform the master, take all possible measures to prevent damage to the ship, its cargo and persons on board, and, if necessary, request assistance from the shore authorities or neighboring ships.
  14. Be aware of the ship’s stability condition so that, in the event of the fire, the shore firefighting authority may be advised of the approximate quantity of water that can be pumped on board without endangering the ship.
  15. Take necessary precautions to prevent accidents or damage when the propeller is to be turned while testing the engines.
  16. Enter in the appropriate log-book all important events affecting the ship

When handing over inform reliever regarding:

  1. All restricted areas as whether they are locked or manned.
  2. Predicted tide and weather conditions to be handed over.
  3. Crew status onboard and their location, especially those in remote or enclosed spaces to be handed over.
  4. If any special operation is going on the ship it should be handed over.
  5. Conditions of moorings.
  6. Instructions regarding any stores that are to be received.
  7. Instructions regarding receipt of Fresh Water.
  8. Any bunkers expected.
  9. Deployment of stevedores in the cargo hold.
  10. The number of stevedores on the ship.
  11. Any night orders by the Chief Officer.
  12. Any unusual incident that may have occurred during his watch.
  13. Whether the master and the chief officer are on board or ashore. If ashore, their whereabouts, phone number, etc. for use in case of emergency.
  14. Any company personnel, Port State Control, agent or visitor expected.
  15. Current Security level.
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24 Sep '18, 16:40

Sept. 24, 2018, 4:40 p.m.
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