What are checks carried out prior to departure of ship ?

Port :                     Date :                        Time :            
AIS correctly programmed Position cross checked by two independent sources 
Correct VHF channels selected Bridge Comms, internal, external and portable tested 
Master-Pilot Information Exchange Form completed Speed Log operational and properly set 
Bridge / Engine Telegraph Tested , RPM Indicators checked GMDSS station correctly programmed 
Propeller and rudder clear of obstructions Whistles/Fog bell/Gong Sysytem operational 
Gyro alignment checked and gyro repeater & inputs checked Aldis Lamp / Battery operational 
Radar operational Route Entered / Mapping on the screen Navigation / anchor / Christmas tree lights operational and associated alarms tested. 
GPS position cross checked,  Way Points enteredDatum Shift Noted. Fire Detection and Cargo/Gas Alarm switched to the Bridge (if applicable) 
Required flags, lights shapes available All clocks and time recorders synchronised 
Echo Sounder, Course Recorder, Telegraph printer recording accurately and time input checked and annotated Window wiper/Clear view screens Operational 
Berth to berth passage plan prepared and available. Voyage charts prepared and available. Notice Given to Engine room 
Danger Areas / No-Go Area’s / Abort points / Contingency plans highlighted on the chart Helmsman on the bridge 
Parallel Indexing / mapping on the radar and charts as per Passage Plan Embarkation/Dis-embarkation arrangements ready 
Planned use of Visual bearings, Radar ranges, clearing bearings and transits PA announcement made for all vistors to depart the vessel /All Ships crew on board 
Advice and recommendations of Sailing Directions and ALRS Vol 6  immediately available Security & Stowaway checks conducted. 
Nautical publications available (ALRS, ALL & ATT) All relevant Checklist/Logs filled up 
Tidal heights and streams understood and highlighted on chart Power for deck Machinery available /                              Deck Water ,Deck Air available 
Sufficient UKC / Air draught (corrected for squat, rolling, pitching) Position cross checked by independent sources Cargo & Cargo Handling Gear Secured 
Weather forecast and current visibility assessed All tank/hull openings secured and watertight 
Radar set up correctly (Route, PM, Scale, gain, clutter, stabilisation, CPA & TCPA alarms) / Position cross checked by independent sources Stability & Draught Information available 
ECDIS set up correctly, route loaded & checked, Charts corrected, memory function enabled Position cross checked by independent sources All concerened personnel adequately rested 
STEERING GEAR CHECKS  ( 12 Hrs Prior Departure ) Date :                 Time :
Engineer present in S/G Flat during tests All Indicator lamps and alarms  working correctly 
S/G Flat gyro aligned & Communications tested Hand steering, NFU,Auto Pilot  tested Using One /Both  motors 
Rudder Indicator operational & Accurate   


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