• Sound the general alarm & stop the engine.
  • Refer to the vessel contingency plan.
  • Muster and head count
  • Damage control party to close all weather tight doors on deck & throughout the ship's length.
  • Sound round the tanks to assess damage & sound round the vessel.
  • Check the engine room & steering platform for damage.
  • Standby party to lower the boat to the embarkation deck.
  • Check the vessel position on the chart and check echo sounder.
  • Display appropriate signal.
  • Send Urgency signal to all ships in the vicinity & to the nearest coast station.
  • Inform owners, charterer and agents and DPA.
  • Drop anchor underfoot, until damage has been confirmed, to prevent vessel from drifting to deep water during HW.
  • Check the height of tide & calculate the loss of GM.
  • If holed, request for a diver to carry emergency repair.
  • Consider the option of abandoning the vessel in the event that vessel is sinking.

Related Terms


Use of grounding connections with a moderate amount of inductance to effect a moderate reduction in the short-circuit current created by a line-toground fault.


Use of grounding connections containing an inductance in order to reduce the magnitude of short-circuit currents.


A major accumulation of icebergs projecting from the coast, held in place by grounding and joined together by fast ice.


A ship which has gone aground and is not able to move under her own power.


Contact of the bottom of a ship with the sea floor


To pull a vessel off after grounding; to set afloat again


A sacrificial surface bolted onto the outside of the main keel in order to protect it from grounding damage.


A term for grounding electrically two separate objects. In the case of a tanker the ship is usually earthed or grounded to the shore or shore connection(s).


A conductor buried in the ground, used to maintain conductors connected to it at ground potential and dissipate current conducted to it into the earth, or to provide a return path for electric current in a directcurrent power transmission system. Also known as earth electrode; grounding electrode.


  1. Consider the option of abandoning the vessel in the event that vessel is sinking.
  2. Sound the general alarm and stop engine.
  3. Refer to vessel contingency plan.
  4. Muster all crews & conduct head count.
  5. Do not withdraw the vessel until damage has been ascertained.
  6. Emergency party to prepare FFA for possible fire due to impact.
  7. Damage control party to close all weathertight doors on all weather deck area.
  8. Assess damage & casualty if any.
  9. Pump out damage compartment if flooded.
  10. Standby party to lower lifeboats up to embarkation deck.
  11. Send Urgency signal to all ships in the vicinity & to the nearest coast station.
  12. Inform owners, charterer, agents and DPA.
  13. Establish communication with the other vessel give the vessel information. Own vessel name, port of registry, last and next port of call.
  14. Render assistance to the other vessel & remain on standby until assistance is no longer required.
  15. Having the options of abandoning the vessel if sinking, giving allowance for the lifeboats to stem away.
  16. Also consider a nearest port of refuge.

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