Operational guidance for engineering watch in port
The person designated by the Chief Engineer as Engineering watch shall carry out his duty according to the following regulations:
Company Rules for Seafarers
International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW 1978 AS AMENDED IN 1995)
(a ) Section A-VIII/2 part 3-2, Principles to be observed in keeping an Engineering Watch
(b ) Section A-VIII/2 part 4-2, Taking over the engineering watch
(c ) Section A-VIII/2 part 4-4, Performing the engineering watch
International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from ships (MARPOL-73/78)
Chief Engineer's role in Engine watchkeeping
The Chief Engineer shall command and supervise the operation of machinery; in person; in the following cases at minimum
When entering and leaving port and shifting in a port.
When navigating a narrow fairway.
When it is deemed necessary to do so for the operation of machinery.
As instructed by Master, such as while in heavy density of traffic, restricted visibility, confined waters, heavy weather etc.
Instructions to the Engineer of the Watch
The Engineer of the watch shall not be absent from the engine room during his watch.
The Engineer of the watch shall observe the following items during his watch.
a) He shall arrange things so that he can react immediately to notices and instructions from the bridge.
b) He shall adhere to the specified operational standards of machinery and may not change such standards unnecessarily without permission of the Chief Engineer.
c) He shall appraise operational conditions and make efforts to be prepared to take emergency measures.
d) He shall make frequent inspection rounds as appropriate in Engine room, paying attention to such abnormal conditions of the machinery, difficult to detect from the engine control room, as leaks, sound, vibrations & heating and smells thereby to prevent accidents.
e) He shall appraise the present quantities of fuel oils, lubricating oils and feed water.
Bearing in mind the present condition of bilge in the engine room, he shall follow the Chief Engineer's instructions as to its disposal.
f) Other things instructed by the Chief Engineer.
The Engineer of the watch shall take proper measures immediately in the following cases and report to the Chief Engineer without delay.
1. When he is informed from the bridge of the schedule (Time) of the engine to be placed on stand-by or to be used.
2. When he has found abnormal conditions of machinery or is in doubt.
3. When he has received emergency orders or instructions.
4. When it is deemed necessary in situations other than those as specified in the previous items.
The Engineer of the watch shall notify the Officer of the watch in following cases:
When such a failure of machinery which may affect navigation has occurred
In other cases when it is deemed necessary.
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