Checklist for taking over bridge watch


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


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