ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE. Q: Under what circumstances would you decide to make for a port of refuges? A: When it becomes unsafe to continue the voyage for any reason, e.g.

​ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE.

Q: Under what circumstances would you decide to make for a port of refuges?

A: When it becomes unsafe to continue the voyage for any reason, e.g. a dangerous shift off cargo; an unextinguishable fire; after suffering serious hull damage (e.g. from grounding, collusion, heavy weather, loss painting); a main machinery failure not repairable at sea; loss of propeller or rudder.

Q: Who would you inform that you are making for a port of refuge, and what requests would you make to these parties?

A: Owners; Charterers; agent at original destination port. I would request owners to nominate an agent for me to contact at the port of refuge, and the P&I club correspondent. Owners would contact the classification society surveyor. On contacting nominated port agent, request him to notify relevant official (port state administration, harbour authority, customs, immigration, port health, etc).

Q: Your ship is 2 hours from the pilot station. What general preparations would you make for arrival in port?

A: Pre-arrival checks (anchors cleared, test engines astern, E/S running, navigational gear all working, parallel indexing). Make pilot boarding preparations. Send pre-arrival massages. Check port entry publications. Close the bonded store. Have all customs declaration forms (if on board) and stores list, crew lists, etc. completed. Have proper courtesy ensign ready.

Q: What messages would you send before arriving at a port on a large ship?

A:

  • ETA to the agent, with a request for berth details, crew relief arrangement, etc. and giving requirements for cash, provisions, bunker, FW, etc.
  • request for boatmen/linesmen, also to agent
  • request for a pilot-sometimes made direct to a pilot station or harbour authority, or via agent (check admiralty sailing directions for appropriate method)
  • notification to Port health authority of any circumstances requiring the attention of the Port Medical Officer. (At a UK port the message must arrive 4-12 hours before the ship.) I would also show health clearance signals.
  • confirmation to port authority that all equipment is in good working order before entering port limits (usually made by VHF when near fairway)
  • if carrying dangerous goods or polluting goods, a check list for vessels carrying dangerous or polluting goods
  • I would check the charterparty for any special instructions about messages to be sent. Request for tug(s) might be in conjunction with pilot request.
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