Action in case of steering gear trouble/ failure

When a vessel is not under command due to trouble with  Steering Gear, the Officer of the Watch shall follow step mentioned below : 

  • Stopping Engine. 
  • Alerting other vessels nearby (By means of lights for ‘Not Under Command.)
  • Transmit SAFETY message on VHF, So that vessel in vicinity will keep clear.
  • Reporting to the Master and Chief Engineer
  • Confirming the vessel Position
  • Estimating the Drifting Direction and Speed.
  •  Follow Steering failure & contingency plans.


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