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Anchor watch check items- deck officers guideline

Following are the basic check item that should be taken into account by deck officer while performing anchor watch


1. Instruction from the Master or Chief Officer

2. Ships position w.r.t swinging circle as marked on chart

3. Length of anchor chain in use

4. Signals, lights, and shapes now in use

5. Visitors identity, number, and business

6. Onboard work

7. Carrying out Master's and Chief Officer's instruction?

8. Is deviation of the vessel's current position from measured position within the value given by master?

9. Is any oil floating on sea around the vessel?

10. Is under keel clearance being monitored and any change in UKC on similar heading investigated?

11. Are regulation signals, lights, and shapes being displayed?

12. Are VHF receivers set to the correct working / watch channels?

13. Is there any ship (anchored or underway) that is likely to collide with own vessel?

14. Reporting and record of necessary matters?

15. Is the accommodation ladder raised to deck level when not in use?

16. Is safety net fitted properly?

17. Is lighting sufficient?

18. Are any small crafts approaching vessel (ISPS vigilance maintained)?

19. Is anchor chain monitored for excess weight?

20. Has OOW confirmed matters to be turned over to successor?

21. Necessary items entered in Logbook?

22. Master call during excessive Wind Velocity, reduced visibility or in case Whirling (Yawing) angle :




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