How should the Engine Room watch be arranged?

23 Apr, 21:00

April 23, 2022, 9 p.m.
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1) Duty Engineer should ensure that under his leadership the ratings carry out their duties in a safe and efficient manner.
2) Duty Engineer continues to be responsible for the work of the engine room, despite the presence of a Chief Engineer until Chief Engineer informs him of the taking over the responsibility and it will be mutually understandable.
3) Duty Engineer gives the shift staff all the necessary instructions and information to ensure a safe watch.
4) All members of the ER watch must know their responsibilities. In addition, each watch member must familiar: - use of onboard communication systems;
- ways of evacuation from ER and other compartments;
- alarm systems used in the Engine Room, and be able to distinguish their signals, and know their responsibilities as per the Muster List;
- the number, location and types of fire-fighting equipment units, as well as their use

5) Any malfunctioning or requiring maintenance machinery or system must be identified and appropriate measures taken. A plan of further action is to be developed by the responsible engineer in coordination with Chief and Second Engineers.
6) In the manned Engine Room, the Duty Engineer must be ready at all times to control the propulsion system, following the instructions to change the direction of movement or speed of the engine.
7) In cases where the UMS, the Duty Engineer must be ready at any time to arrive in the engine room.
8) All orders from the bridge must be followed immediately. Changes in the direction or RPM order for the main propulsion system shall be recorded.
9)The Duty Engineer must ensure the presence of Duty Ratings in the ER during maneuvering or iER preparations.
10) Due attention should be paid to the operation and maintenance of all machines and mechanisms, including mechanical, electrical, electronic, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, devices for their control and protection, domestic systems.
11) The Chief Engineer should inform the Duty Engineer on preventive maintenance and repairs required. The Duty Engineer is responsible for disconnecting, switching and adjusting all machines and mechanisms during his watch. Appropriate records must be made of all work carried out.
12) During preparations for maneuvers the Duty Engineer must ensure timely readiness of ER equipment that may be required for maneuvers and a sufficient power supply for blowers, steering gear, mooring equipment, thrusters and other consumers.
13) The Duty Engineer must not perform duties that interfere with the operation of the main propulsion system. He is obliged to constantly monitor the operation of the main propulsion system and other equipment until the proper transfer of the watch, as well as to conduct tours in the ER and the steering room to monitor the equipment operation and obtain timely information about abnormalities and equipment failures.
14) The Duty Engineer must demand the shift staff to inform him in a timely manner of potentially hazardous conditions that may adversely affect machinery and equipment and endanger the safety of human life or the vessel.
15) The Duty Engineer supervises the ER personnel and organizes the relief in case of inability of any member of the watch to perform their duties.
16) Duty personnel must not leave the engine room unattended when there is no possibility of UMS operation.
17) The Duty Engineer takes the necessary actions to limit the consequences of damage resulting from equipment failure, fire, flooding, holes, collisions, stranding and other causes.
18) Before leaving the watch, the Duty Engineer must properly record all watch events related to the ER Logbook.
19) The Duty Engineer cooperates with other Engineers responsible for the maintenance of the specific equipment.
20) The Duty Engineer should ensure that ER ratings are able to operate equipment in accordance with their duties.
21) The Duty Engineer must take into account that changes in the speed of the vessel due to malfunction of machinery and equipment or loss of control may endanger the safety of the vessel and human life at sea. Unsafe conditions must be reported immediately to the Bridge. It is also necessary to report equipment failures, which may lead to a reduction in the speed of the vessel, the threat of failure of the steering device, the stop of the main engine etc. These notifications, if possible, should be made before the speed of the vessel is changed in order to give the bridge maximum time to take all possible actions to prevent a potential marine casualty.
22) The Duty Engineer immediately notifies the senior mechanic in the following cases:
- when there are any abnormalities in the operation of the ER or cargo equipment, which may cause breakdown or failure of the main propulsion system, auxiliary mechanisms or control and monitoring systems and endanger the safety of the vessel or cargo operations;
- in any emergency situation, when he doubts what decision or action to take.
Notwithstanding the requirements to immediately notify the Chief Engineer in the above cases, the Duty Engineer must, without hesitation, if circumstances so require, take immediate measures to ensure the safety of the ship, its machinery, machinery and crew.

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