Checklist for pirates attack or transit in HRA or High Risk Area

1All access to Engine Room, Bridge & Accommodation is closed. (Deck Watch Keepers to have access to accommodation from one Bridge Wing Door only)  
2Extra lookout posted on Bridge & on Deck forward and Aft along with Hand held Communication Equipment.  
3One Radar at small range to locate small moving crafts.  
4Signal to warn of terrorist attack discussed with Ship’s Staff.  
5Safe Mustering Area within the accommodation decided upon.  
6Search Light on Bridge in good working Order.  
7Adequate lighting arrangements made on shipside to dazzle potential Boarders. (Ensure that such lighting does not come in way of safe navigation due backscatter.)  
8Anchor Hawse Pipe Plates are in place and locked to prevent boarding.  
9Holds/Tanks entrances are sealed/locked.  
10All Stores not in use sealed/locked.  
11Deck Line under Pressure and hoses rigged at strategic intervals.  
12Aware of position of other vessels in the vicinity. (To warn or to require assistance).  
13Working Frequency of Nearest Radio Station or VHF Channel being monitored.  
14Note last drill carried out to train Ship’s staff in above procedures.  
  IN    PORT  /  ANCHOR  
1Access to the Ship restricted to one point. (Pilot ladders pulled up & secured)  
2Gangway & Deckwatch linked with Duty Officer &/or Master through Hand

Held Communication Equipment.

3Regular rounds of vessel made, specially unfrequented areas.  
4Log of each person-boarding vessel being maintained. Identification & purpose of Visit noted.  
5Person to meet the Master or any other staff on board escorted while on board.  
6Overside watch maintained for swimmers & Small unmotorised crafts near ship side.  
7Hawse Pipe cover in place, locked & anchor wash water running.  
8Movement of Private Security Guards monitored.  
9Stores/Spares received checked against invoice. (Unidentified / suspicious parcels brought to Master’s notice.)  
10Movement of Stevedores and other persons restricted to working areas on board.  
11Contact details of Agent, Harbour Police, Fire Fighting Department displayed and known to all on board.  

The Duty Officer &/or Master/SSO to ensure that the ship staff is trained and importance of duties delegated and understood by them.

A few points are applicable to both, at sea and in port, and should be considered for total security of vessel and personnel on board.


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