Checklist of preparation for Arrival in port

  • In preparing the Passage Plan for Arrival In Port, Have the following factors been taken into consideration?
    1. Advise / Recommendations in Sailing Directions.
    2. Latest Weather Reports.
    3. Tides & Currents For Port / Adjacent Areas.
    4. Calculated / Known Minimum & Maximum Depths Of Water In Port Approaches, Channels & At Berth.
    5. Any Restrictions On Draught, Trim, Speed, Entry Times, Etc.
    6. Available Port Information.
  • Is it necessary to rearrange Cargo / Ballast?
  • Are all relevant Charts & Nautical Publications corrected upto date & courses laid Off?
  • Have the latest Navigational Messages for the area been received.
  • Has ETA been sent with all relevent information required By Local Regulations (e.g. Details Of Dangerous / Hazardous Goods Carried).
  • Has all Navigational Equipment including Steering Gear been tested & Stabilisers housed.
  • Has the following Equipment been checked.
    1. Synchronisation of Clocks.
    2. Internal Communications Equipment.
    3. Signalling Equipment including Lights / Flags.
    4. Deck Lighting.
    5. Mooring Winches.
    6. Mooring Lines / Wires / Heaving Lines.
    7. Pressure on Fire Main.
    8. Course & Engine Movement Recorder
  • If Appropriate, Have the Checks In Checklist 4 been carried out & a Pilot Card completed.
  • Has Manual Steering been engaged in sufficient time for the helmsman to become accustomed before maneuvering commences.
  • Has each remote steering gear control system power failure alarm been checked?
  • Have all compass repeaters (including the engine room/steering gear been aligned with the master compass?
  • Has the emergency power source (generator and/or storage batteries) for emergency lighting and power to the vessel control and propulsion systems been tested?
  • Has the main propulsion been tested ahead and astern? (NB: Propellors to be checked clear before turning over the engines)?
  • Have the bow/stern thrusters been tested?
  • Has the crew been advised of the time of “Stand-By” for entering port.
  • Has communication been established with the engine room and duty engineer?
  • Have VHF Channels for various services (e.g. VTS, Pilot, Tugs, Berthing Instructions.) been noted & A Radio Check carried out.
  • Is the following berthing information available.
  • whether Anchoring / Berthing alongside.
  • which side to jetty.
  • whether ship accommodation ladder / gangway or shore gangway will be used.
  • size / number of shore connections. derricks required. mooring boats / lines.