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A round through the vessel carried out by a crew member of the watch at certain intervals so that an outbreak of fire may be promptly detected; mandatory in vessels carrying more than 36 passengers.
These are not normally carried out on a regular basis upon most vessels but they should be conducted (1) immediately prior to, or upon sailing. A thorough inspection of the vessel being made especially in hold compartments, stores, engine and boiler rooms, etc. (2) when the vessel has been vacated by shipyard personnel whilst the vessel is in port undergoing repair. Someone may have been using oxy-acetylene burning or welding equipment on one side of a bulkhead totally unaware that the beginnings of a fire were being created on the other side of the bulkhead.

Everyone on board should, in addition to looking for fire, assess and correct any possible dangerous situations, e.g. loose oil or paint drums, incorrectly stored chemicals, etc.

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Back of the vessel.

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A backward movement of a vessel

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The width of a ship. Also called breadth.

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