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Ships navigation - preparation for departure
Oceangoing cargo vessels preparations for departure ports involve many complexities and careful consideration will need to be made for safe unberthing.
Summarized below are some basic check items that need to be complied with. Watch officers should also kept in mind the procedures explained here are only indicative, not exhaustive in nature and one must always be guided by practices of good seamanship. Also specific ship will have her own characteristics
The Master shall announce the estimated time of departure by having the sailing notice board updated soon after berthing. He shall ensure that “Departure Checklist” has been completed and that all items in the checklist have been complied with, prior departing.
Safety station for engine trial on a berth
The Master shall arrange Deck Officers and Deck Ratings at the following stations at Main Engine Trial after ensuring it is safe to do so.
• The Second Officer shall be at the Stern to ensure all mooring lines are taut and there is adequate clearance Aft.
• The Third Officer shall attend to the Engine Telegraph on the Bridge and keep contact with the Bow, the Stern and the Engine room
• The Bosun or an Able Seaman shall be on the Bow to ensure all mooring lines are taut and there is adequate clearance Fore.
• An Able Seaman shall be stationed at the Gangway to take care of it.
Station for departure port
Confirmation for preparation for departure
The Master shall ensure that the vessel is seaworthy in all respects before departing from a port.
Related procedures and rules
The Master and crew shall make preparations for the departure in compliance with the following related procedures in addition to these procedures:
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,stack weight distribution
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Procedures for Navigational Watchkeeping
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Ship Security Plan (SSP)
”Stability and Hull Strength Checklist”
“Stevedore and Cargo Security Statement” (as required)
“Visitor’s Record Book” (control of Visitors’ pass)
“Crew Shore Record Book”
“Ship Search Checklists”
“Stevedore No Injury Report”
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