4 Let go sea anchor and report. .4.1 Sea anchor is let go. .5 Report number of lifeboats / liferafts in sight. .5.1 Number of lifeboats / liferafts in sight: ... . .

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4 Let go sea anchor and report.

.4.1 Sea anchor is let go.

.5 Report number of lifeboats / liferafts in sight.

.5.1 Number of lifeboats / liferafts in sight: ... .

.6 Contact lifeboats / liferafts on radio and report.

.6.1 Lifeboats / liferafts contacted.

.6.2 No contact.

.7 Give distress signals for identification.

.7.1 Fire rockets for identification.

.7.2 Use glasses / lamps / mirrors for identification.

.7.3 Give sound signals for identification.

.7.4 Give ... signals for identification.

.8 Start engine and report.

.8.1 Engine started.

.9 Set sail and report.

.9.1 Sail set.

.10 Use oars.

.11 Join other lifeboats / liferafts.

.11.1 Connect lifeboats / liferafts with lines and report.

.11.2 ... lifeboats / liferafts connected.

IV-B/ 2 Occupational Safety

IV-B/ 2.1 Instructions

.1 Prepare training plan for occupational safety.

.1 .1 Prepare training plan regarding type of vessel.

.1 .2 Prepare training plan regarding kind of cargo.

.1. 3 Prepare training plan regarding route of vessel.

.1 .4 Prepare training plan regarding ... .

.2 When was last training session on occupational safety?

.2 .1 Last training session was on ... (date).

.3 When is next training session on occupational safety?

.3 .1 Next training session on ... (date).

.3 .2 Next training session before entering port.

.3 .3 Next training session after leaving port.

.3 .4 Next training session in port of ... .

.4 Next training session is about accident analysis/new regulations/... .

.5 Are new crew members/passengers instructed on occupational safety?

.5 .1 Yes, new crew members/passengers instructed.

.5 .2 No, new crew members/passengers not instructed (yet).

.5 .3 Instruct new crew members/passengers by ...(time) / on ...(date).

.6 Participation in training sessions on occupational safety is mandatory.


IV-B/ 2 .2 Practical Occupational Safety

.1 Instruct crew on occupational safety before departure.

.1 .1 Instruct crew on occupational safety regarding type of vessel/

kind of cargo/route of vessel/ ... before departure.

.2 Have special instruction on dangerous goods/ heavy lifts/

cargo securing/illumination/ventilation/ ... .

.3 Where are dangerous goods carried on board?

.3 .1 Dangerous goods of IMO Class ... carried on deck (in roped-off areas).

.3 .2 Dangerous goods of IMO Class ... carried in no. ... hold(s).

.3 .3 Dangerous goods of IMO Class ... carried in ... /on... .

.4 Prepare emergency plan.

.4 .1 Prepare emergency plan for first aid.

.4 .2 Prepare emergency plan for limitation of damage.

.4 .3 Prepare emergency plan for ... .

.5 Brief all crew members/passengers on symptoms caused by

dangerous substances.

.6 What signals/communications are used in case of emergency ?

.6 .1 Following signals/communications are used in case of emergency:

.7 Brief all crew members/passengers on restricted areas/decks/spaces.

.8 Brief all crew members/passengers how to report .

.8 .1 Brief all crew members/passengers how to report in (when entering bridge/

engine room/ ... ).

.8 .2 Brief all crew members/passengers how to report out (when leaving bridge/

engine room/ ...).

.8 .3 Do not enter unmanned (engine) room/... space without permission by officer of the watch.

.8 .4 Report on telephone/radio/ ... while in (engine) room/... space every ... minutes.

.9 Brief all crew members/passengers on storm.

.9 .1 Attention!

Entering forecastle/main deck/weather side / ... of vessel prohibited/dangerous (due to storm).

.9 .2 Attention!

Make use of hand rails and lifelines in corridors and on deck.

.9 .3 Attention!

Close all dead lights and storm doors.

.9 .4 Attention!

Secure all loose objects in cabins/on deck/ in ... .

.10 Brief all crew members/passengers on winter conditions.

.10 .1 Entering following area(s) prohibited:... .

.10 .2 Working hours (on deck) restricted from ... to ... hours.

.10 .3 Apply personal protective measures.

.11 Brief all crew members/passengers on tropical conditions.

.11 .1 Working hours (on deck/in...) restricted from ... to ... hours.

.11 .2 Apply following personal protective measures :

.11 .2 .1 Wear sun-protective clothing.

.11 .2 .2 Drink mineral water/tea/... freely.


.12 Check completeness and availability of occupational safety equipment and report.

.12 .1 Occupational safety equipment complete and available.

.12 .2 Following occupational safety equipment not complete/available: ...

.12 .3 Occupational safety equipment complete and available in ... hour(s).

.12 .4 Replace following occupational safety equipment: ... .

.13 Appoint officer/crew member in charge of safety before working.

.14 Take additional safety measures.

.14 .1 Take additional safety measures for work in masts.

.14 .2 Take additional safety measures for work outboard.

.14 .3 Take additional safety measures for work in hold(s)/tank(s).

.14 .4 Take additional safety measures for work in extreme weather conditions.

.14 .5 Take additional safety measures for ... .

IV-B/ 2.3 Occupational Accidents

.1 Reporting accident.

.1 .1 Accident in engine room.

.1 .2 Accident in no. ... hold/tank.

.1 .3 Accident in superstructure.

.1 .4 Accident in accommodation.

.1 .5 Accident in .. space/area.

.1 .6 Accident on deck.

.1 .7 Accident outboard.

.1 .8 Accident on pier.

.1 .9 Accident in .../on ... .

.2 Report injured persons.

.2 .1 No person injured.

.2 .2 Number of injured persons/casualties: ... .

.3 What happened?

.3 .1 Explosion/fire in ... .

.3 .2 Accident with cargo.

.3 .3 Fall from .../into ... .

.3 .4 Electrical accident in ... .

.3 .5 Leakage of gas/ ... .

.3 .6 ... .

.4 Take immediate action and report.

.4 .1 Take immediate action to recover injured person(s)/casualties and report.

.4 .1 .1 Injured person(s)/casualties recovered.

.4 .2 Provide first aid immediately

.4 .2 .1 First aid provided.

.4 .3 Take immediate action to control danger area.

.4 .3 .1 Danger area under control.

.5 What kind of assistance required?

.5 .1 No assistance required.

.5 .2 Medical assistance required.

.5 .3 Technical assistance required.

.5 .4 ... persons required.

.5 .5 Shoreside assistance required.

.6 Secure danger area and report.

.6 .1 Danger area secured.


.7 Prepare accident report.

.7 .1 Report location of accident.

.7 .2 Report time of accident.

.7 .3 Report number of injured persons/casualties.

.7 .4 Report condition of injured/casualties.

.7 .5 Report nature and cause of accident.

IV-B/ 3 Fire Protection and Fire Fighting

IV-B/ 3.1 Fire protection

3.1.1 Checking status of equipment

.1 Have fire patrols.

.1 .1 Have fire patrols every ... hour(s).

.1 .2 Have fire patrols ... time(s) every watch.

.1 .3 Have fire patrols ... .

.1 .4 Have permanent fire watch.

.1 .5 Have fire patrols in all spaces/areas.

.1 .6 Have fire patrols in engine room.

.1 .7 Have fire patrols in cargo hold(s).

.1 .8 Have fire patrols in superstructure.

.1 .9 Have fire patrols in accommodation.

.1 .10 Have fire patrols in ... space/area.

.1 .11 Have fire patrols on deck.

.2 Everything in order?

.2 .1 Yes, everything in order.

.2 .2 No, following not in order: ... .

.3 Check fire/smoke alarms and report.

.3 .1 Fire/smoke alarms operational.

.3 .2 Fire/smoke alarm(s) in ... not operational (yet).

.3 .3 Fire/smoke alarm(s) in ... operational in ... minutes.

.4 Switch on/off fire/smoke alarms.

.4 .1 Switch on /off fire/smoke alarms in all spaces.

.4 .2 Switch on/off fire/smoke alarms in engine room.

.4 .3 Switch on/off fire/smoke alarms in cargo hold(s)/tank(s).

.4 .4 Switch on/off fire/smoke alarms in superstructure.

.4 .5 Switch on /off fire/smoke alarms in accommodation.

.4 .6 Switch on/off fire/smoke alarms in ... compartment.

.4 .7 Switch on/off fire/smoke alarm in ... .

.4 .7 .1 Fire/smoke alarms in ... switched on/off.

.5 Check fire alarm/smoke alarm displays on bridge and report.

.5 .1 Fire alarm/smoke alarm displays on bridge operational.

.5 .2 Fire alarm/smoke alarm display(s) of ... not operational (yet)

.5 .3 Fire alarm/smoke alarm display(s) of ... operational in ... minutes.

.6 Check portable extinguishers and report.

.6 .1 Portable extinguishers in position and operational.

.6 .2 Portable extinguisher(s) in ... not in position (yet)..

.6 .2 .1 Portable extinguisher(s) in ... in position in ... minutes..


.6 .3 Portable extinguisher(s) in ... not accessible(yet).

.6 .3 .1 Portable extinguisher(s) in ... accessible in ... minutes.

.6 .4 Portable extinguisher(s) in ... missing.

.6 .4 .1 Replace missing portable extinguisher(s).

.6 .5 Seal(s) of portable extinguisher(s) in ... broken.

.6 .5 .1 Replace portable extinguisher(s) with broken seals.

.6 .6 Test certificate(s) of portable extinguisher(s) in ... expired.

.6 .6 .1 Replace expired portable extinguisher(s).

.7 Check fire mains and report.

.7 .1 Fire mains operational.

.7 .2 Hydrant(s) in ... not operational (yet)..

.7 .2 .1 Hydrant(s) operational in ... minutes.

.7 .3 Hydrant(s) in ... not accessible (yet).

.7 .3 .1 Hydrant(s) in ... accessible in ... minutes.

.7 .4 Hose(s) to hydrant(s) in ... worn/cut.

.7 .4 .1 Replace worn/cut hose(s).

.7 .5 Hose(s) to hydrant(s) in ... missing.

.7 .5 .1 Replace missing hose(s).

.7 .6 Spanner(s) to hydrant(s) in ... missing.

.7 .6 .1 Replace missing spanner(s).

.7 .7 Nozzle(s) to ... not operational (yet).

.7 .7 .1 Nozzle(s)to ... operational in ... minutes.

.7 .8. Nozzle(s) to ... do/does not fit.

.7 .8 .1 Replace nozzle(s) to ... (by fitting ones).

.7 .9. Nozzle(s) to ... missing.

.7 .9 .1 Replace missing nozzle(s).

.7 .10 Fire pump(s) in ... not operational (yet).

.7 .10 .1 Fire pump(s) in ... operational in ... minutes.

.7 .11 Water pipe(s) in ... leaking.

.7 .11 .1 Repair leaking water pipe(s) in ... .

.7 .12 Water pipe(s) in ... blocked.

.7 .12 .1 Free blocked water pipe(s)in ... .

.7 .13 Pressure in water pipe(s) in ... too high.

.7 .13 .1 Reduce pressure in water pipe(s)in ... .

.7 .14 Pressure in water pipe(s) in ... too low.

.7 .14 .1 Increase pressure in water pipe(s) in ... .

.8 Check fixed foam/gas fire extinguishing system and report.

.8 .1 Fixed foam/gas system operational.

.8 .2 Fixed foam/gas system not operational (yet)

.8 .2 .1 Fixed foam/gas system operational in ... minutes.

.9 Check sprinkler system and report.

.9 .1 Sprinkler system operational.

.9 .2 Sprinkler system in ... not operational (yet).

.9 .2 .1 Sprinkler system in ... operational in ... minutes.

.10 Check ventilation system and report.

.10 .1 Ventilation system operational.

.10 .2 Ventilation system not operational (yet)

.10 .2 .1 Ventilation system operational in ... minutes.

.10 .3 Remote control not operational (yet).

.10 .3 .1 Remote control operational in ... minutes.


.10 .4 Indicators not operational (yet).

.10 .4 .1 Indicators operational in ... minutes.

.10 .5 Dampers in ... not operational (yet).

.10 .5 .1 Dampers in ... operational in ... minutes.

.11 Check skylights/windows/ ... and report.

.11 .1 Skylights/windows/ ... in/to ... open.

.11 .2 Close skylights/windows/ ... in/to ... .

.11 .2 .1 Skylights/windows/ ... in/to ... closed.

.12 Check watertight door control and report.

.12 .1 Watertight door control operational.

.12 .2 Watertight door control in ... not operational (yet).

.12 .2 .1 Watertight door(s) in ... do(es) not open/close.

.12 .3 Watertight door control in ... operational in ... minutes.

.13 Check electrical lighting and report

.13 .1 Electrical lighting operational.

.13 .2 Electrical lighting in ... not operational (yet).

.13 .2 .1 Black-out/short circuit in ... .

.13 .3 Electrical lighting in ... operational in ... minutes.

.13 .4 Switch on/off electrical lighting in ... .

.13 .4 .1 Electrical lighting in ... switched on/off.

.14 Check emergency power supply and report.

.14 .1 Emergency power supply operational.

.14. 2 Emergency power supply not operational (yet).

.14 .2 .1 Emergency power supply operational in ... minutes.

.15 Check firemen´s outfits and report.

.15 .1 Firemen´s outfits complete and available.

.15 .2 Firemen´s outfits not complete.

.15 .2 .1 Complete firemen´s outfits.

.15 .3 Breathing apparatus/smoke helmets/safety lamps/ ... not operational/missing.

.15 .3 .1 Replace (missing) breathing apparatus/smoke helmets/safety lamps/ ... .

.15 .4 Test certificate(s) of ... expired.

.15 .4 .1 Replace ... .

IV-B/ 3.2 Fire fighting and drills

3.2.1 Reporting fire

.1 Fire on board!

.1 .1 Smoke/fire/explosion in engine room.

.1 .2 Smoke/fire/explosion in no. ... hold(s)/tank(s).

.1 .3 Smoke/fire/explosion in superstructure.

.1 .4 Smoke/fire/explosion in accommodation.

.1 .5 Smoke/fire/explosion in ... space/area.

.1 .6 Smoke/fire/explosion on deck.

.1 .7 Smoke from ventilator(s).

.1 .8 Burnt smell in .../ from... .

.2 Report injured persons:

.2 .1 No person injured.

.2 .2 Number of injured persons/casualties: ... .


.3 What is on fire?

.3 .1 Fuel on fire.

.3 .2 Cargo on fire.

.3 .3 Car(s)/truck(s)/waggon(s) on fire.

.3 .4 Containers/ ... (with dangerous goods) on fire.

.3 .5 ... on fire.

.3 .6 No information.

.4 Is smoke toxic?

.4 .1 No, smoke not toxic.

.4 .2 Yes, smoke toxic

.5 Is fire under control?

.5 .1 Yes, fire (in ... ) under control.

.5 .2 No, fire (in ... ) not under control (yet).

.5 .2 .1 No, fire spreading (to ... ).

.5 .2 .2 No, fire (in ... ) not accessible.

.6 What is damage?

.6 .1 No damage.

.6 .2 Minor/major damage in .../ to ... .

.6 .3 No power supply (in ... ).

.6 .4 Making water in ... .

.7 Pressure on fire mains.

.7 .1 Fire mains under pressure.

.8 Shut down main engine(s)/auxiliary engine(s)/ ... .

.8 .1 Main engine(s)/auxiliary engine(s)/ ... shut down.

.9 Stop fuel.

.9 .1 Fuel stopped.

.10 Close hatch covers.

.10 .1 Hatch covers closed.

.11 Close damper(s) (in ... ).

.11 .1 Damper(s) (in ... ) closed.

.12 Close all openings.

.12 .1 All openings closed.

.13 Switch off ventilator(s) (in ... ) .

.13 .1 Ventilator(s) (in ... ) switched off.

.14 Turn bow/stern to windward.

.14 .1 Bow/stern turned to windward.

.15 Turn port side/starboard side to windward.

.15 .1 Port side/starboard side turned to windward.

.16 Alter course to ... .

.16 .1 Course altered to ... .

3.2.2 Reporting readiness for action

.1 Stand by fire party/rescue team/first aid team.

.1 .1 Fire party/rescue team/first aid team standing by.

.2 Stand by main engine .

.2 .1 Main engine standing by.

.3 Stand by CO2 station/ ... station/ emergency generator.

.3 1 CO2 station/ ... station/emergency generator standing by.


.4 Close all openings and report.

.4 .1 All openings closed.

.4 .2 Openings in engine room closed.

.4 .3 Openings in hold(s)/tank(s) closed.

.4 .4 Openings in superstructure closed.

.4 .5 Openings in accommodation closed.

.4 .6 Openings in ... space closed.

.4 .7 Openings in ... not accessible.

3.2.3 Orders for fire fighting

.1 Start fire fighting.

.1 .1 Take one/two/ ... fire party(s) to scene.

.1 .2 Take one/two/ ... rescue team(s) to scene.

.2 Go following route:

.2 .1 Go through engine room.

.2 .2 Go through no. ... hold(s)/tank(s).

.2 .3 Go through superstructure.

.2 .4 Go through accommodation.

.2 .5 Go through ... space.

.2 .6 Go through manhole(s) to ... space(s).

.2 .7 Go through funnel.

.2 .8 Go through ... .

.2 .9 Go from outside/inside to ... .

.2 .10 Go from port side/starboard side to ... .

.2 .11 Go from ... to ... .

.3 Take following (additional) safety measures and report.

.3 .1 Have two/ ... members in one team.

.3 .1 .1 Number of members in fire party/rescue team/ first aid team: ... .

.3 .2 Have lifeline between each other/to outside.

.3 .2 .1 Fire party/... team members have lifelines to each other.

.3 .2 .2 Fire party/... team has lifelines to outside.

.3 .3 Have rescue team on stand by.

.3 .3 .1 Rescue team standing by.

.3 .4 Maintain visual contact.

.3 .4 .1 Fire party/...team members maintain visual contact with lamps.

.3 .5 Maintain radio contact on VHF channel 15/17.

.4 Fire party must have following outfit:

.4 .1 Fire party must have protective clothing.

.4 .2 Fire party must have smoke helmets.

.4 .3 Fire party must have breathing apparatus.

.4 .4 Fire party must have ... .

.5 Manning of fire party/... teams is as follows:

.5 .1 Chief Officer/Chief Engineer/ ... in command of fire party (no. ... )/ ... team.

.5 .2 Following officer(s)/crew member(s) in the fire party (no. ... )/ ... team: ...


.6 Restrict action (in .../ on ... ) to ... minutes.

.6 .1 Agree on retreat signal and report.

.6 .1 .1 Retreat signal for fire party/ ... team is ... on telephone/radio.

.6 .1 .2 Visual retreat signal for fire party/ ... team is ...with lamp/hand/ ...

.6 .1 .3 Acoustic retreat signal for fire party/ ... team is ...

with signal whistle/ship´s whistle/ ... .

.6 .1 .4 Retreat signal for fire party/ ... team is pulling lifeline ... times.

.7 Use the following extinguishing means:

.7 .1 Use water in ... .

.7 .2 Use foam in ... .

.7 .3 Use powder in ... .

.7 .4 Use CO2/gas in ... .

.7 .5 Use sand in ... .

.7 .6 Use blankets in ... .

.7 .7 Use ... in ... .

.8 Fire party (no. ... ) using ... in ... .

.9 Run out fire hoses.

.9 .1 Fire hoses are run out.

.10 Water on.

.10 .1 Water is on.

.10 .2 Water not on.

.11 Cool down boundaries with water and report.

.11 .1 Cool down bulkheads to engine room with water.

.11 .2 Cool down bulkheads to no. ... hold(s)/tank(s) with water.

.11 .3 Cool down bulkheads to accommodation with water.

.11 .4 Cool down bulkheads to ... compartment with water.

.11 .5 Cool down bulkheads to ... space with water.

.11 .6 Cool down superstructure with water.

.11 .7 Cool down ... deck in area ... with water.

.11 .8 Cool down room(s) below/above/next to ... space/area with water.

.11 .9 Cool down outside plating in ... area with water.

.11 .10 Cool down... with water.

.11 .10 .1 ... cooled down.

3.2.4 Cancellation of alarm

.1 Is fire extinguished?

.1 .1 Yes, fire (in ... ) extinguished.

.1 .2 No, fire (in ... ) not extinguished (yet).

.2 Is fire under control?

.2 .1 Yes, fire (in ... ) under control.

.2 .2 No, fire (in ... ) not under control (yet).

.2 .3 Fire restricted to ... space/area.

.3 Post fire watches and report.

.3 .1 Fire watches posted( in ...space/area).

.4 Fire extinguishing systems/means remain on stand-by.

.4 .1 Fire extinguishing systems/means standing by.

.5 Fire party/ ... team remain on stand-by.

.5 .1 Fire party/ ... team standing by.

.6 Rope-off fire area and report.

.6 .1 Fire area roped-off.


.7 Check fire area every ... minutes/hour(s) for re-ignition and report.

.7 .1 Fire area checked, no re-ignition.

.7 .2 Fire area checked, re-ignition in ... space/area.

.7 .2. 1 Re-ignition extinguished.

.8 Fire alarm cancelled.

.8 .1 Fire alarm cancelled (with following restrictions: ... .)

IV-B/ 4 Damage Control

(Also see: section 1 "General Activities" of this chapter)

IV-B/ 4.1 Checking equipment status and drills

4.1.1 Check openings in all spaces and report

.1 Check openings in engine room .

.2 Check openings in cargo hold(s) / tank(s)t.

.3 Check openings in double bottom .

.4 Check openings in superstructure .

.5 Check openings in accommodation .

.6 Check openings in ... compartment and report.

.7 Check openings in forepeak.

.8 Check openings in after peak.

.9 Check openings on portside/starboard side.

.10 Check openings in / on ... deck .

.11 Check openings in ... .

.11.1 Openings in ... closed.

.11.2 Openings in ... not closed (yet).

.11.3 Openings in ... not accessible.

4.1.2 Check watertight door control and report

.1 Watertight door control operational.

.2 Watertight door control (in ...) not operational (yet).

.3 Watertight door control (in ...) operational in ... minutes.

.4 Watertight door(s) (in ...) not accessible.

4.1.3 Check pumps and report

.1 (Bilge) pump(s) in engine room / no. ... hold(s) / tank(s) operational.

.2 (Bilge) pump(s) in engine room / no. ... hold(s) / tank(s) ... not operational (yet).

.3 (Bilge) pump(s) in engine room / no. ... hold(s) / tank(s) ... operational in ... minutes.

4.1.4 Check emergency generator and report

.1 Emergency generator operational.

.2 Emergency generator not operational (yet).

.3 Emergency generator operational in ... minutes.


4.1.5 Check power supply and report

.1 Power available.

.2 Power in engine room available.

.3 Power in no ... hold(s) / tank(s) available.

.4 Power in superstructure available.

.5 Power in accommodation available.

.6 Power in ... compartment available.

.7 Power on ... deck available.

.8 Power on port side / starboard side available.

.9 Power at ... station available.

.9.1 Power at... / on... / in ... not available (yet).

.9.2 Power at... / on... / in ...available in ... minutes.

4.1.6 Check damage control equipment

.1 Damage control equipment complete and available.

.2 Damage control equipment not complete.

.2.1 Complete damage control equipment.

.3 Test certificate of ... expired.

.3.1 Replace ... .

IV-B/ 4.2 Damage control activities

4.2.1 Reporting damage

.1 Vessel in collision (with ... ).

.2 Vessel aground (on ...).

.3 Vessel damaged (below waterline).

.4 Explosion in ... .

.5 Flooding in forepeak.

.6 Flooding in after peak.

.7 Flooding in forward.

.8 Flooding in aft.

.9 Flooding in engine room. (port side / starboard side).

.10 Flooding in no. ... hold(s) / tank(s) (port side / starboard side).

.11 Flooding in double bottom (tank(s) no. ...) (port side / starboard side).

.12 Flooding in accommodation (port side / starboard side).

.13 Flooding in ... compartment (port side / starboard side).

.14 Flooding in / on ... deck (port side / starboard side).

.15 Flooding between no. ... and no. ... frame (port side / starboard side).

.16 Flooding in / on ... .

.17 Is flooding under control ?

.17.1 Yes, flooding under control.

.17.2 No, flooding (in ...) not under control (yet).

.18 What is size of leak ?

.18.1 Leak about ... centimetres / metres long / wide.

.18.2 Leak about ... centimetres /metres in diameter.

.18.3 No information.


.19 Is danger imminent ?

.19.1 No, no danger imminent.

.19.2 Yes, danger of (total) blackout (in ...).

.19.3 Yes, danger of critical list to port side / starboard side.

.19.3.1 Yes, danger of capsizing.

.19.3.2 Yes, danger of sinking.

.19.4 Yes, danger of going down by the head / stern.

.19.5 Yes, danger of cargo shifting (in no. ... hold(s)).

.19.6 Yes, danger of ... .

4.2.2 Reporting readiness for action

.1 Stand by damage control team.

.1.1 Damage control team standing by.

.2 Is damage control material available ?

.2.1 Yes, damage control material available.

.2.2 No, damage control material not available(yet).

.2.3 Damage control material available in ... minutes.

.3 Stand by engine room / ... station .

.3.1 Engine room / ... station standing by.

.3.2 No, engine room / ... station not standing by (yet).

.3.2.1 Engine room/ ... station flooded.

.3.3 Engine room / ... station standing by in ... minutes.

4.2.3 Orders for damage control

.1 Close all openings / outlets / valves (in ...) and report.

.1.1 All openings / outlets / valves (in ...) closed.

.1.2 Openings / outlets / valves in ... not accessible / operational.

.2 Switch on / off power (at / on / in) and report.

.2.1 Power (at / on / in ...) switched on / off.

.2.2 Power supply (at / on / in ...) not operational.

.3 Close watertight door(s) (in ...) (by hand) and report.

.3.1 Watertight door(s) (in ...) closed.

.3.2 Watertight door(s) (in ...) not accessible / operational.

.4 Switch on (bilge) pump(s) (in ...)and report.

.4.1 (Bilge) pump(s) (in ...) switched on.

.4.2 (Bilge) pump(s) (in ...) not operational.

.5 Switch over (bilge) pump(s) from ... to ... .

.5.1 (Bilge) pump(s) switched over.

.5.2 Switching over (bilge) pump(s) not possible.

.6 Start damage control.

.6.1 Take one / two / ... damage control team(s) to scene.

.7 Go following route: ... .

.7.1 Go through engine room.

.7.2 Go through no. ... hold(s) / tank(s).

.7.3 Go through superstructure.

.7.4 Go through ... space.

.7.5 Go through manhole(s).

.7.6 Go through ... deck.

.7.7 Go through ... .


.7.8 Go from outside / inside to ... .

.7.9 Go from port side / starboard side to ... .

.7.10 Go from ... to ... .

.8 Take following additional safety measures and report.

.8.1 Have two / ... members in one damage control team.

.8.1.1 Number of members in damage control team: ... .

.8.2 Have lifeline to each other / to outside.

.8.2.1 Team members have lifeline to each other.

.8.2.2 Team have lifeline to outside.

.8.3 Have rescue team on stand by.

.8.3.1 Rescue team standing by.

.8.4 Maintain visual contact .

.8.4.1 Team maintain visual contact with lamps.

.8.5 Maintain radio contact on VHF channel 15/17.

.9 Damage control team must have following outfit(s).

.9.1 Damage control team must have protective clothing

.9.2 Damage control team must have safety helmets.

.9.3 Damage control team must have lifejackets.

.9.4 Damage control team must have diving equipment.

.9.5 Damage control team must have ... .

.10 Manning of damage control team is as follows: ... .

.10.1 Chief Officer / Chief Engineer / ... in command of damage control team (no. ...) ...

.10.2 Following officer(s) / crew member(s) in damage control team (no. ...):.. .

.11 Restrict action (in ...) to ... minutes.

.11.1 Agree on retreat signal and report.

.11.1.1 Retreat signal is ... on radio.

.11.1.2 Visual retreat signal is ... with lamps / hand / ... .

.11.1.3 Sound retreat signal is ... with signal whistle /ship´s whistle / ... .

.11.1.4 Retreat signal is pulling lifeline ... times.

.12 Use following damage control materials: ... .

.12.1 Use leak cases / plugs/ splinters / stoppers (in ...).

.12.2 Use damage control shores (in ... ).

.12.3 Use collision mats (in ...).

.12.4 Use tarpaulins / ... (in ...).

.13 Send diver(s) to check leak and report.

.13.1 Stop leak from inside / outside (... space / area).

.13.2 Stopping leak from inside / outside not possible.

.13.3 Leak stopped.

4.2.4 Cancellation of alarm

.1 Is flooding stopped ?

.1.1 Yes, flooding (in ...) stopped.

.1.2 No, flooding (in ...) not (completely) stopped (yet).

.2 Is flooding under control ?

.2.1 Yes, flooding (in ...) under control.

.2.2 Flooding (in ...) below capacity of (bilge) pump(s).

.2.3 Flooding restricted to ... space / area.

.3 Post damage control watches and report.

.3.1 Damage control watches posted (in ...).


.4 How much water is in vessel ?

.4.1 Amount of water (in ...) about ... tonnes.

.4.2 Amount of water (in ...) not dangerous.

.5 (Bilge) pump(s) remain on stand by.

.5.1 (Bilge) pump(s) standing by.

.6 Engine room remains on stand by.

.6.1 Engine room standing by.

.7 Additional emergency generator remains on stand by.

.7.1 Emergency generator no. ... standing by.

.8 Damage control team remain on stand by.

.8.1 Damage control team standing by.

.9 Rope - off flooded area.

.9.1 Flooded area roped - off.

.10 Check leak every ... minutes / hour(s) and report.

.10.1 Leak checked - no flooding.

.10.2 Leak checked - minor / major flooding (in ...).

.10.2.1 Flooding stopped.

.11 Alarm cancelled (with following restrictions: ... ).

IV-B/ 5 Grounding

(Also see: section 1 "General activities" of this chapter)

IV-B/ 5.1 Reporting groundings and ordering immediate actions

.1 Vessel aground.

.2 Stop engine(s).

.2.1 Engine(s) stopped.

.3 Close watertight doors and report.

.3.1 Watertight doors closed.

.4 Is vessel (still) making way ahead/astern?

.4.1 Yes, vessel making way ahead/astern.:

.4.2 No, vessel not making way.

.5 Give "vessel aground" signal.

.5.1 Hoist "vessel aground" signal.

.5.1.1 "Vessel aground" signal hoisted.

.5.2 Switch on "vessel aground" lights.

.5.2.1 "Vessel aground" lights switched on.

.5.3 Sound "vessel aground" bell / gong / whistle signal.

.5.3.1 Sounding "vessel aground" bell / gong / whistle signal.

.6 Inform engine room.

.6.1 Engine room informed.

.7 What part is aground ?

.7.1 Vessel aground forward.

.7.2 Vessel aground amidships.

.7.3 Vessel aground aft.

.7.4 Vessel aground full length.


.8 Stand by fore and aft.

.8.1 Foreward station/aft station standing by.

.9 Stand by port anchor / starboard anchor.

.9.1 Port anchor / starboard anchor standing by.

.10 What is position ?

.10.1 Position ... .

IV-B/ 5.2 Reporting damage

.1 What is damage?

.1.1 No damage.

.1.2 Crack(s) in plating.

.1.3 Crack(s) in no. ... double bottom.

.1.4 Crack(s) in no. ... hold(s) / tank(s).

.1.5 Crack(s) in fuel pipe(s).

.1.6 Crack(s) in main / auxiliary engine(s) foundation.

.1.7 Crack(s) in ... .

.1.8 Deformation(s) / indentation(s) to plating.

.1.9 Deformation(s) / indentation(s) to ... .

.2 Check flooding and report.

.2.1 No flooding.

.2.2 Flooding in ... .

(see: phrases 4.2.1.5 to 4.2.1.18.3 "Reporting damage" of this chapter)

.3 Is danger imminent ?

.3.1 No, danger not imminent.

.3.2 Yes, danger of decreasing stability.

.3.3 Yes, danger of damage by sea.

.3.4 Yes, danger of breaking apart.

.3.5 Yes, danger of pollution.

.3.6 Yes, danger of ... .

(see: phrases 4.2.1.19 to 4.2.1.19.6 "Reporting damage" of this chapter)

.4 What is nature of sea bottom ?

.4.1 Sea bottom rocky.

.4.2 Sea bottom soft.

.5 What is tide ?

.5.1 No tide.

.5.2 Tide ... metres.

.5.3 Tide rising.

.5.4 Tide falling.

.5.5 Tide turning at ... UTC / within ... hours.

.6 What is wind force and direction ?

.6.1 Wind Beaufort force ... from ...(compass points) .

.6.1.1 Wind expected to decrease / increase (within next hours).

.6.1.2 Wind expected to back / veer (within next hours).

.6.1. No change expected (within next hours).

.7 What is sea state ?

.7.1 Sea / swell ... metres from ...(compass points) .

.7.1.1 Sea / swell ... expected to decrease / increase (within next hours).

.7.1.2 No change expected (within next hours).


.8 What is draft ?

.8.1 Draft forward ... metres (on port side / starboard side).

.8.2 Draft amidships ... metres (on port side / starboard side).

.8.3 Draft aft ... metres (on port side / starboard side).

.9 What is depth of water ?

.9.1 Greatest depth ... metres port side/ starboard side forward.

.9.2 Greatest depth ... metres amidships port side / starboard side.

.9.3 Greatest depth ... metres port side / starboard side aft.

IV-B/ 5.3 Orders for refloating

.1 Are (bilge) pumps operational ?

.1.1 Yes, (bilge) pumps operational.

.1.2 No, (bilge) pumps not operational (yet).

.1.3 (Bilge) pumps operational in ... minutes.

.2 Is damage control material available ?

.2.1 Yes, damage control material available.

.2.2 No, damage control material not available (yet).

.2.3 Damage control material available in ... minutes.

.3 Stand by engine room.

.3.1 Engine room standing by.

.4 Stand by all anchors for let go.

.4.1 All anchors standing by for let go.

.5 Report distribution of cargo.

.5.1 No. ... hold(s) / tank(s) ... tonnes (of ... cargo).

.5.2 Deck cargo ... tonnes (of ...).

.5.2.1 Deck cargo foreship ... tonnes (of ...).

.5.2.2 Deck cargo amidships ... tonnes (of. ...).

.5.2.3 Deck cargo aftship ... tonnes (of ...).

.5.3 Forepeak ... tonnes.

.5.4 After peak ... tonnes.

.5.5 No. ... double bottom tank(s) ... tonnes (of ballast / ...).

.6 Transfer cargo from no. ... hold(s) / tank(s) to no. ...hold(s) tank(s) and report.

.6.1 Cargo from no. ... hold(s) / tank(s) transferred to no. ... hold(s) / tank(s).

.7 Transfer deck cargo from ... to ... and report.

.7.1 Deck cargo from ... transferred to ... .

.8 Pump out forepeak / after peak and report.

.8.1 Forepeak /after peak pumped out.

.9 Transfer ballast / ... from no. ... double bottom tank(s)to no. ... double bottom tank(s).

.9.1 Ballast / ... from no. ... double bottom tanks transferred to no. ... double bottom tank(s).

.10 Fill forepeak / after peak.

.10.1 Forepeak / after peak filled.

.11 Jettison cargo from ... and report.

(Attention ! Do not jettison IMO - class cargo.)

.11.1 Cargo from ... jettisoned .

.12 Engine(s) astern / ahead.

.13 Has vessel refloated?

.13.1 Yes, vessel refloated.

.13.2 No, vessel not refloated (yet).


IV-B/ 5.4 Checking seaworthiness

.1 Request (diving) survey.

.1.1 (Diving) survey requested.

.2 Report result of (diving) survey.

.2.1 No damage.

.2.2 Following damage to plating:

.2.2.1 Crack(s) in area of ... .

.2.2.2 Deformation(s) / indentation(s) in area of ... .

.2.3 Following damage to engine(s) / pipe(s):

.2.3.1 Crack(s) in main engine(s)/auxiliary engine(s) foundation.

.2.3.2 Deformations / fracture(s) to pipe(s) in / out ... .

.2.3.3 Fractures / bending of bolt(s) of ...

.2.4 Following damage to underwater hull:

(also see: .1.2.2)

.2.4.1 Deformation(s) / indentation(s) to sea water inlet(s) / outlet(s).

.2.4.2 Deformation(s) / indentation(s) to stem / bulb.

.2.4.3 Deformation(s) to propeller(s).

.2.4.3.1 (Port / starboard) propeller loose / missing

.2.4.3.2 (Port / starboard) propeller blade(s) missing.

.2.4.3.3 (Port / starboard) propeller blade(s) bent / cracked.

.2.4.4 Deformation to rudder.

.2.4.4.1 Rudder stock fractured / bent.

.2.4.5 Deformation to ... .

.2.5 Dry - docking recommended / necessary.

.3 Is vessel seaworthy ?

.3.1 Yes, vessel seaworthy ?

.3.2 No, vessel not seaworthy (yet).

.3.2.1 Vessel must be repaired and re-inspected.

.3.3 Request ... tug(s).

.3.3.1 ... tug(s) requested.

IV-B/ 6 Search and Rescue

(for details also see: IMO-Merchant Ship Search and Rescue Manual (MERSAR), 1993)

IV-B/ 6.1 Checking equipment status

.1 Check lifebuoys and report.

.1.1 Lifebuoys complete and available.

.1.2 Lifebuoys not complete.

.1.2.1 Lifebuoy(s) at ... missing.

.1.2.1.1 Replace missing lifebuoy(s) and report.

.1.2.1.2 Lifebuoy(s) at ... replaced.

.1.3 Lifebuoy(s) not available.

.1.3.1 Lifebuoy(s) at ... damaged.

.1.3.1.1 Replace damaged lifebuoy(s) and report.

.1.3.1.2 Lifebuoy(s) at ... replaced.

.2 When was last man-overboard drill ?

.2.1 Last man-overboard drill was on ... .


.3 Prepare plan for man-over board drill.

.3.1 Prepare plan for announced / not announced drill.

.3.2 Prepare plan for daytime / nighttime drill.

.3.3 Prepare plan for muster (at all stations).

.3.4 Prepare plan for recovering manoeuvre (with dummy / buoy).

.3.5 Have drill / manoeuvre / muster on ... .

IV-B/ 6.2 Person-overboard activities

.1 "Man overboard !"

.1.1 Man overboard on port side / starboard side / astern.

.2 Drop lifebuoy(s) and report.

.2.1 Lifebuoy(s) dropped (on port side / starboard side / astern).

.2.2 Sound "man-overboard" alarm.

.3 Hoist flag signal "Oscar" and report.

.3.1 Flag signal "Oscar" hoisted.

.4 Hard-a-port / hard-a-starboard the wheel.

.5 Is person in water / lifebuoy located ?

.5.1 Yes, person in water / lifebuoy located.

.5.2 Report direction and distance of person in water / lifebuoy.

.5.2.1 Direction at ... points port side / starboard side / ... degrees, distance ... metres.

.5.2.2 Maintain visual contact to person in water / lifebuoy.

.5.3 No, person in water / lifebuoy not located (yet).

.5.3.1 Look out for person in water / lifebuoy and report.

.5.4 Passenger / crew member missing (for ... hours / since ... UTC) - search in

vessel no result.

.5.4.1 Stop engine(s).

.5.4.2 Transmit alarm signal - PAN-PAN / distress alert - MAYDAY to radio coast station / Rescue Co-ordination Centre / vessels in vicinity and report.

.5.4.3 Alarm signal - PAN-PAN / distress alert - MAYDAY transmitted.

.5.4.4 Alarm signal - PAN-PAN / distress alert - MAYDAY acknowledged from ... .

.6 Return manoeuvre ! Port / starboard, steer... degrees.

.7 Report position.

.7.1 Position ... .

.8 Report traffic situation.

.8.1 No vessel in vicinity.

.8.2 Following vessel(s) in vicinity ... .

.9 Report weather situation.

.9.1 Sea state ... .

.9.2 Winds Beaufort force ... from ... .

.9.3 Visibility ... metres.

.9.4 Current ... knots to ... degrees.

.10 Have man-overboard stations manned and report.

.10.1 Man-overboard stations manned.

.10.2 Have lookouts at ... manned and report.

.10.2.1 Lookouts at ... manned.

.11 Stand by for recovering from shipboard and report.

.11.1 Standing by for recovering from shipboard.

.12 Stand by boat / motor lifeboat no. ... for let go and report.

.12.1 Rescue boat / motor lifeboat no. ... standing by for let go.


.13 Let go rescue boat / motor lifeboat and report.

.13.1 Rescue boat / motor lifeboat is let go.

.14 Use VHF channel ... for communication.

.14.1 Use light signals for communication.

.14.2 Use flag signals for communication.

.14.3 Use whistle for communication.

.15 What is retreat signal for rescue boat / motor lifeboat ?

.15.1 Retreat signal is order on VHF channel ... .

.15.2 Retreat signal is Morse signal "Sierra" with lamp / whistle.

.15.3 Retreat signal is flag signal "Sierra".

.16 Stand by one / two crew member(s) for rescue in water.

.16.1 One / two crew member(s) standing by for rescue in water.

.17 Person overboard rescued.

.17.1 Person over board recovered.

.18 Stand by boat / litter / net / basket / sling and report.

.18.1 Boat / litter / net / basket / sling standing by.

.19 Hoist person and report.

.19.1 Person on board vessel.

.20 Report condition of survivor.

.20.1 Survivor in good condition.

.20.2 Survivor in bad condition.

.20.2.1 Survivor has hypothermia.

.20.2.2 Survivor injured.

.20.2.3 Survivor in shock.

.20.3 Person dead.

IV-B/ 6.3 Rescue operation - reporting readiness for assistance

(also see: section 1.2 "Search and rescue communications" of PART III)

.1 Received alarm signal / EPIRB transmission / PAN-PAN / distress alert - MAYDAY

at ... UTC on ... .

.2 Observed following distress signal in ... degrees.

.3 Report distress position.

.3.1 Distress position is ... .

.4 Was alarm signal / EPIRB transmission / PAN-PAN / distress alert - MAYDAY acknowledged by other vessels/coast radio stations/RCC?

.4.1 Alarm signal / EPIRB transmission / PAN-PAN / distress alert - MAYDAY acknowledged by ... .

.4.2 Alarm signal / EPIRB transmission / PAN-PAN / distress alert - MAYDAY not acknowledged (yet).

.4.2.1 Acknowledge PAN-PAN / distress alert - MAYDAY - RELAY.

.4.2.2 Transmit MAYDAY - RELAY.

.5 Observe radar and report.

.5.1 Observing radar.

.6 Have lookouts manned and report.

.6.1 Lookouts manned.

.7 Contact vessels in vicinity of distress and report.

.7.1 Following vessel(s) in vicinity of distress contacted (on ...).

.7.2 No contact.

.8 Request information from vessel in distress and report.

.8.1 Following information from vessel in distress: ... .

.8.2 No information.


.9 Stand by lines / lifebuoys / nets / derricks / cranes / ... and report.

.9.1 Lines / lifeboats / nets / derricks / cranes / ... standing by.

.10 Stand by lifeboats / rescue boat and report.

.10.1 Lifeboats / rescue boat standing by.

.11 Stand by liferaft(s) as boarding station(s) and report.

.11.1 Liferaft(s) standing by as boarding station(s).

.12 Let go liferaft(s) as boarding station(s) with ... crew members (each) and report.

.12.1 Liferaft(s) with ... crew members (each) is let go.

.13 Stand by ... crew members for assisting survivors in water and report.

.13.1 ... crew members standing by for assisting survivors in water.

.14 Switch on deck lighting / outboard lighting / search lights / ... and report.

.14.1 Deck lighting / outboard lighting / search lights switched on.

.15 Stand by line throwing apparatus and report.

.15.1 Line throwing apparatus standing by.

IV-B/ 6.4 Conducting search

.1 I will act as Co-ordinator surface search.

.1.1 I will hoist following signal as Co-ordinator surface search: ... .

.1.2 I wll show following lights as Co-ordinator surface search: ... .

.1.3 Inform radio coast station(s) / RCC/ vessels in vicinity and report.

.1.3.1 Radio coast station(s) / RCC/ vessels in vicinity informed.

.2 Stand by bridge team / lookouts for information / signals of the Co-ordinator surface search and report.

.2.1 Bridge team / lookouts standing by for information / signals of the Co-ordinator surface search.

.2.2 Following message / signal received from the Co-ordinator surface search: ... .

.3 We carry out search pattern ... / radar search.

.3.1 We start search pattern ... radar search at ... UTC.

.3.1.1 Inform crew / lookouts / engine room and report.

.3.1.2 Crew / lookouts / engine room informed.

.4 Bridge team / lookouts !

Keep sharp lookout for signals / sightings of vessel in distress and report

every ... minutes.

.4.1 Light signals / smoke signals / sound signals in ... degrees / at ... .

.4.2 Objects / vessel in distress / lifeboat(s) / life raft(s) / person(s) in water

in ... degrees / at ... .

.5 Stand by rescue team / boat crews / engine room and report.

.5.1 Rescue team / boat crews / engine room standing by.

.6 Transmit following information / signals to searching vessel(s) and report: ... .

.6.1 Following information / signals transmitted to searching vessel(s).

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