Emergency Procedures

Beaching (by own will)

Sometimes, in case of emergency, the master may decide, by his own will or in agreement with the Insurance Company and/or the
P & I Club, to run his ship aground, in order :
  • to save what can be saved
  • to avoid a dramatic collision
  • to avoid to be caught on the lee shore in very bad weather (e.g. engine breakdown or when the engines are not powerful enough to ride the storm)
  • to avoid the ship from stranding where salvaging would be too difficult or even impossible (rocks, breakers, heavy current)
  • to avoid the ship from sinking in deep water (which would make the salvage of the crew, ship and/or cargo easier and less costly)
Take at least following actions:
  • Engines stopped
  • Sound general alarm
  • Watertight doors to be closed
  • VHF watch maintained on channel 16
  • Broadcast to other vessels
  • Sound signals, Light / Shapes to be exhibited
  • Deck lighting switched on
  • If necessary, use anchors
  • Sound bilges, tanks and overside around vessel (see also Stranding
  • Evaluate risks of pollution
  • Inform company and any third parties if relevant
  • Update if necessary vessel's position in radio room, satellite terminal and other automatic distress transmitter (GMDSS)
  • Consider danger of the situation and if possible take pictures
  • Consider further actions with consideration for:
    • salvage
    • risks of sinking (emergency message, EPIRB's, abandon ship)
    • secure position (change of tide, weather, stream, stress risks, stability)
    • assistance, port of refuge, oil spills
  • Keep the Company always informed
  • Enter every action taken in the log book