What priority checks and preparations to be carried out prior USCG inspection?

11 Nov '21, 00:27

Nov. 11, 2021, 12:27 a.m.
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Below mandatory checks to be carried out in course of preparations for USCG COC inspection:

  • No overdue conditions of class.
  • No current dispensations from flag state.
  • If equipped with MEPC.107(49) Oil Content Meter (OCM), the Engineering Department staff can retrieve the historical data from all recent OWS operations logged in the Oil Record Book (ORB). Time on OCM is accurate and seal is intact.
  • For all vessels, ORB entries, OCM history, engine room alarm history, and tank soundings must match with respect to dates, times, and tank levels. OWS piping systems must be in accordance with the ship’s approved drawings, especially any valves in the sample line to the OCM. Engineering Department staff must be capable of demonstrating that the Oily Water Separator (OWS), OCM, and 3- way valve are fully operational and can be tested in accordance with written test procedures, using the proper test solution/equipment.
  • No fuel oil, lube oil, or hydraulic leaks on operating machinery. No oil-soaked lagging or other fire hazards in the machinery spaces.
  • Bilge high level alarm system fully operational. No excessive liquid in the bilges.
  • No soft patches on machinery or piping systems, including below deck-plates on the bottom level of the engine room or on deck. Any cement boxes must be class approved with the appropriate paperwork demonstrating the same.
  • All quick closing valves in order and working properly. No temporary blocks or other arrangements to prevent valves from closing upon activation. All pneumatic lines connected. No temporary blocks or other arrangements on sounding tube arrangements that are designed to self-close.
  • Fire detection and alarm system fully operational and without faults. No temporary covers or obstructions on any smoke, heat, or flame detectors Vessel has means onboard to test smoke, heat, and flame detectors in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions (e.g. cigarette lighters and smoke caused from open flames not acceptable). No loops disabled.
  • Emergency fire pump is operational (e.g. has suction) under any ballast or loaded condition and can provide two (2) streams of water (one from bridge wing, one from furthest horizontal distance from emergency fire pump location) with adequate pressure at the local gauge.
  • For vessels equipped with a water-mist system, the system is fully operational, and all valves are in the correct alignment (e.g. water supply valve from tank to pump). Unless the engine room is continuously manned, the system must be in “Automatic” vice “Manual” mode.
  • Steering gear operational in all modes (e.g. follow-up, NFU, and local (emergency), without binding or excessive hydraulic oil leaks. All steering gear alarms fully operational. Oil level in all tanks, including spare/reservoir tank, appropriate.
  • Emergency generator is fully operational via all starting modes and can accept the electrical load. Starting batteries in good condition and fully charged. Emergency fuel shutoff fully operational. Fuel tank level sufficient to meet 18 hour run-time requirement.
  • Machinery space ventilation dampers, including stack/funnel louvers, can be closed both remotely and locally. All dampers close tightly/without mechanical binding and are free from wastage or corrosion. Pneumatic, hydraulic, or mechanical activation lines are properly connected.
  • Rescue boat engine starts immediately and functions properly. Water cooling arrangements (e.g. drum of water) available if needed. Throttle and clutch controls fully operational.
  • Lifeboat engine(s) start immediately and function properly. Rudder has full freedom of movement without binding. Windows have good visibility and are clear, without any hazing or cracks. Hull is without cracks or any temporary repairs. All access hatches close and seal fully. All required emergency equipment onboard and in good condition; all food rations retain air-tight seal.
  • All life-raft painters and HRUs secured properly (e.g. in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions) to ensure float-free arrangement. This must be especially checked after servicing or drills.
  • Lifeboat davits, falls, and winches in good working order. If so equipped, limit switch and brake function properly.
  • If so equipped, life-raft and rescue boat crane(s) fully functional in both normal and emergency modes and operation understood by crew. Hydraulic accumulator(s) fully charged.
  • No plugged, paint covered, or missing fixed CO2, foam, or water-mist system nozzles.
  • All fire-fighter outfits/suits in satisfactory condition. No equipment (e.g. axe, flashlight, radio, etc.) missing. Jackets, paints, and gloves do not have any holes, rips, or tears in the material. SCBAs are properly fitting without leakages or dry-rotted mask straps, and low-pressure alarm is fully functional.
  • All fire-screen doors, especially in the galley and main vertical stairwell, must close correctly and fully, with no hold-backs keeping the doors in the open position. All doors must be free of holes, damage, or temporary repairs. Through bulkhead cable trunks must be properly sealed with fireproof putty or other acceptable and properly-rated material.
  • If installed, ballast water treatment system is fully operational and all ballast water to be discharged in the U.S. has been properly treated via the BWTS. If two units/systems are installed, both are fully operational.
  • If installed, any special MARPOL VI emissions equipment such as exhaust gas scrubbers (EGCS) or NOx Tier III treatment systems are fully operational, and any necessary consumables are onboard.
  • VGP (Vessel General Permit) weekly inspections have been carried out prior arrival in U.S. waters. All associated records up-to-date.
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