Clear and concise: The importance of good emergency contingency procedures

John Southam  -  Loss Prevention Executive

What could have helped?

Let’s look at an example of a basic steering gear failure emergency procedure that is in use on many ships today:

Call Master
Engage Hand Steering
Muster Engineers
Take all way off vessel
Establish communications with engineers
Engage emergency steering
Put up NUC signals
Check position of vessels in the vicinity
Check position of navigational Hazards in vicinity
Inform VTS
Update AIS status
Prepare for anchoring
Broadcast safety / urgency message
Maintain log and records of event
Call technical department