Collision “Actions to be taken”

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Immediate actions:

Follow emergency procedure as per company emergency procedure manual, which should include:

• Sound general emergency alarm.

• Stop Engines.

• Announce by PA.

• Head count, look for casualty and establish communication.

• Close watertight doors.

Activate SOPEP and take preventive actions in case of any oil pollution

Order chief officer for damage assessment.

• Water tight integrity of hull and subsequent breaches of same.

• Assess rate of flooding

• Condition of machinery space.

• Check hull for damage in relation to the waterline and whether can be raised by changing trim.

• Check sounding of all tanks and bilges.

• Visually inspect compartments where possible

• Prepare lifeboats, life rafts and all LSA for immediate launching in case of subsequent Abandonment.

Obtain following information from emergency teams:

• Details casualties.

• Any risk of fire, explosion or emission of toxic gases.

• Any other information regarding associate problems.

On the bridge, the command team will do the followings:

• Maintained VHF watch.

• Exhibit light / shapes and any appropriate sound signals.

• Switch on deck lighting at night.

• Determine the vessel’s position.

• Broadcast urgency or distress massage as required.

• Save the VDR data.

• Inform the accident with positions and time to the following parties:

− Local authorities.

− Owners, charterers.

− P & I club.

− Under‐writer

− Next port agent.

− Class. (Emergency Technical Assistance Service)

− Make an accident report

Obligatory Actions

• Once I am sure that my vessel is not in imminent and grave danger; it is my obligation to provide all possible assistance to other ship if they are in need;

• Standby other vessel until no further assistance is required.

• It is also my obligation to provide the following information to the other vessel and get the same from the other.

− Name of Ship

− Port of registry

− Last port of call

− Next port of call

• Exchange ship’s particulars.

• Lodge note of protest holding the other vessel responsible, reserving the right to extent on a later date and time.

• Accept the note of protest from the other vessel, for receipt only.

Subsequent, legal and commercial actions:

Try to minimize immediate danger such as pollution, fire etc.

Consider actions to be taken to minimize extent of damage and prevent the vessel from sinking or capsizing, such as:

• Using bilge and/or ballast pumps to cope up with the rate of ingress.

• Trimming the vessel to raise the damage area above the waterline.

• Plugging of any hole to reduce the ingress of water.

While taking tug assistance, consider:

• LOF, if the danger imminent.

• Salvage contract if the situation permits.

Keep all records of incidents and actions. Appropriate records to be entered in:

• Deck log book

• Movement book

• Engine log book

• Telegraph recorder

• Echo sounder graph.

• Used chart

• Entry to be made in official log book.

• Record of all damage and subsequent actions.

• Prepare a statement of fact of all the happenings.

• Prepare a note of protest, stating the facts only.

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