eEmergency Procedures

Hull Damage

Hull damage can occur at sea due to a number of reasons :
  • collision with an object that is adrift and which could not be observed (especially at night)
  • touch and go
  • very adverse weather conditions
  • abnormal stress on the vessel (e.g. cargo badly divided, fuel and/or water in double bottom tanks badly divided, etc.)
  • bad maintenance of the hull and other structures of the ship
  • etc.
In case of hull damage, at least following actions should be taken:
  • Sound general alarm
  • Exhibit "Not under command" shapes or lights
  • Reduce speed
  • Close watertight doors
  • Update Vessel's position in radio room, satellite terminal and other automatic distress transmitters (GMDSS)
  • Sound bilge, tanks and check leakage
  • Consider change of trim
  • Check result on stability
  • Consider necessity of assistance
  • Inform vessels in the vicinity
  • Consider emergency call / message
  • Consider beaching / port of refuge / abandon ship
  • Prepare lifeboats
  • Inform Company and if relevant, any third party (such as P & I Club, Hull underwriters, agents, etc. (if the Company hasn't done so yet)
  • If relevant, contact AMVER
  • Once condition is improved, inform all parties contacted
  • Enter all relevant information and actions taken in logbook.



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