Action in case of Radar failure


If a ship experiences a single RADAR failure, whether it be X Band or S-Band, the following actions should be taken:

  1. Inform master of the RADAR failure.
  2. Navigate the vessel safely using the other RADAR (if available).
  3. Consider reducing the vessel’s speed if necessary.
  4. Troubleshoot the RADAR failure according to the manufacturer’s manual to try to identify the cause.
  5. Notify the Vessel Traffic Service (VTS), Port Authority, and Company Agent of the RADAR failure.
  6. Keep a detailed record of all events related to the RADAR failure.

If the ship experiences a failure of both the X Band and S Band RADAR, the following additional actions should be taken:

  1. Inform master of the RADAR failure.
  2. Reduce the vessel’s speed (safe speed).
  3. Assign extra lookouts to monitor the position of other vessels in the vicinity.
  4. Use manual plotting techniques to obtain bearing and range information of target vessels from the Automatic Identification System (AIS).
  5. Continuously monitor the proximity of the vessel to any hazards to navigation.
  6. Broadcast a SAFETY message in VHF Channel 70 (Alert) and Channel 16.
  7. Use parallel indexing (PI) in the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) to pass at a safe distance from all navigational hazards.

Overall, it’s important to remain calm and follow established procedures in the event of a RADAR failure. Crew members should work together to ensure the safety of the ship and crew and take appropriate measures to minimize any potential risks.

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