Grounding “Actions to be taken”

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Immediate actions:

Take the conn.

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.

• Obtain sounding form all tanks, bilge’s, hold

• Condition of machinery space.

• Check hull for damage.

• Determine which way deep water lies.

• Visually inspect compartments where possible

• Sound bilge’s and tanks.

• Sound around the ship to find possible point of grounding.

Obtain following information from emergency teams:

• Details of casualties.

• Any fire risk

• 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.

• Obtain information on local currents and tides, particularly details of the rise and fall of the tide.

• Broadcast urgency or distress massage as required.

• 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 to MPA in the correct format.

Determine possibility of refloating the ship and take appropriate actions:

• Calculate height of tide and time of rise and fall.

• Reduce draught of ship:

• De‐ballasting

• Jettisoning cargo

• Use main engines to maneuver.

• Obtain assistance from port authority, coast guard, salvage tugs.

Subsequent legal and commercial actions:

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

While taking tug assistance, consider:

• LOF, if the danger imminent.

• Salvage contract if the situation permits.

Use all available means of the ship to refloat the vessel.

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.

If it is possible to refloat the vessel, consider deviating to port of refuge.

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