Checklist for taking over bridge watch


Standing order and other special instructions of the Master, relating to navigation of the ship
2Compare Passage Plan / Master’s Orders
3Position, Charted Course, Course Steered, Course Made good, speed of the ship.
4Check draft, depth available, squat and UKC. Echo Sounder ON as required
5Check and compare method(s) of position fixing
6Conspicuous position fixing targets (Visual Radar)
7Status Radar / ARPA sets
8GPS position comparison ,  Datum corrections
9Check ECDIS, position, route ,chart display ( If Fitted)
10Forthcoming alterations, DTG, ETA and current speed
11Prevailing and predicted tides, currents, weather and visibility and effect of these on the course and speed
12Navigation situation including but not limited to                                                    a.       Traffic density.                                                                                          b.     Vessel’s position relative to navigational hazards
13Procedures for the use of Main Engine to manoeuvre , when the Main Engine is on bridge control and status of watch keeping arrangements in the engine room . (Main Engine RPM / Pitch, Duty Engineer)
14Lookout available
15Off Course Alarm ON
16Gyro Compass / Magnetic Compass comparison and Gyro Error
17Auto Pilot status / or Anchor details if at anchor
18Check Course Recorder and VDR/SVDR operation (if Fitted)
19Latest navigational warning(s)/Weather /Visibility , Navtex status
20Check status of AIS and specific voyage & dynamic information
21Navigation lights / shapes correctly displayed
22GMDSS / VHF set up correctly on correct channels/ power level
23Status of Fire Detection / Gas Detection
24Inert Gas Pressure / O2 content (for Tankers)
25Other: any special deck work in progress – Tank/Hold  Cleaning, Enclosed Space  tank entry, drills, etc.
26Log book Entries
27Ship Security Status (Level / Requirements)
Initials of Officer to be Relieved
Initials of Relieving Officer


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