General Whilst any damages to a vessel caused by structural failures can be of a wide variety, only general advice can be provided here. The same applies for a sudden loss of propulsion or any steerage problems.

Structural failure – loss of propulsion and/or steerage – call for assistance

Mariner

General

Whilst any damages to a vessel caused by structural failures can be of a wide variety, only general advice can be provided here. The same applies for a sudden loss of propulsion or any steerage problems. All these problems may involve immediately calling for assistance or even to, in the end, abandoning ship.

Action to be taken – emergency contingency Plan

In any case, the vessel’s Emergency Contingency Plan should be referred to immediately and the procedures described therein followed.

Reporting

Structural failures and a subsequent call at a port of refuge may involve the P&I insurers as well as the Hull and Machinery insurers. The Master should therefore immediately contact the Company, the P&I insurer and the Hull and Machinery insurer.

Such a first report should contain

  • short description of the incident
  • date, vessel’s time and UTC (Co-ordinated Universal Time) of the incident
  • position/location of the incident
  • extent of damage sustained by the vessel
  • status of watertight integrity
  • status of cargo (e.g. loss over board, shifted or similar)
  • prevailing weather, current and tidal conditions at the time of the incident (keep any weather records)
  • any fatality or personal injury on vessel, please see section 3.11 Personal injury
  • any pollution caused by the incident, please see section

Pollution

  • Date and exact vessel’s time and UTC (Co-ordinated Universal Time)recorded on the bridge and in the engine room of the incident
  • position/location of the incident
  • courses (chart course, steered course, gyro and magnetic compass) at the time of or prior to the incident
  • speed, propeller revolutions or propeller pitch of the vessel at the time of or prior to the incident
  • rudder position at the time of or prior to the incident
  • any alteration of course and/or speed immediately before the incident including the exact time of the alteration
  • any communications including orders given to the engine room (if applicable)
  • any communications exchanged between the vessel and shore radio stations, traffic control centres or other vessels
  • if under pilotage, any communications between the pilot and the vessel’s command including the helmsman prior to the incident
  • if under pilotage, any communications between the pilot and tugs, shore radio stations, traffic control centres or other vessels
  • any compass and/or radar bearings and distances to the shore, taken and recorded prior to the incident
  • any helm or engine manoeuvres before and after the incident and the times of any such manoeuvres
  • prevailing weather conditions at the time of the incident (keep any weather records)
  • tide and current at the time of the incident
  • draught of the vessel at the time of the incident
  • changes in draught and list after the incident
  • records of soundings taken prior to and after the incident
  • soundings of all tanks (fuel and water)
  • works carried out on deck or in the engine rooms, which may have contributed to the incident
  • assessment of damage sustained by the vessel.
  • Radars – short description of radar settings and changes to the settings with exact times prior to the incident
  • GPS systems – position recorded after button pressed (if done)
  • electronic chart display – short description of the chart used and when last updated
  • any other navigation or communication equipment used to be described as above
  • echo sounder and echo sounder trace – description and range used
  • any other navigation or communication equipment used to be described as above.
  • all persons attending the bridge prior to or at the time of the incident
  • any other lookouts not on the bridge
  • any other eye witnesses to the incident
  • engine room personnel prior to or at the time of the incident
  • any pilots attending the vessel prior to or at the time of the incident, times of embarkation/disembarkation
  • any other persons involved
  • other traffic/vessels in the vicinity.


Navigation and communication equipment in use at the time

of the incident

Persons involved

Name, rank, duties, whereabouts and contact details of

Documents to be retained

  • Chart used (paper or electronic) – do not tamper with or erase any marks/data
  • deck logbook
  • bridge bell book or scrap log
  • engine logbook
  • engine bell book or scrap log
  • manoeuvre/course recorder printouts
  • echo sounder trace
  • deviation log
  • weather reports and logs.
If any pollution has occurred due to the structural failure, please refer to section 3.12 Pollution.
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