Actions following Grounding or Stranding:

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  • Stop engines.
  • Sound General Alarm, Muster and account for all hands.
  • Shut all watertight doors.
  • Consider the use of anchor.
  • Switch to high cooling water intakes.
  • Display signal required by the Collision Regulations.
  • Take all necessary action to preserve life, the safety of own and other vessels and the environment.
  • Determine and record the ship’s position and which way the deep water lies, nature of seabed and obtain information on currents and tides.
  • Ascertain the extent of damage to own vessel, including the status of machinery.
  • Sound all ship tanks and spaces, record results.
  • If oil pollution evident consider changing ER intakes to low sea suction.
  • Broadcast an URGENCY message to all ships in the vicinity and local coastguard or broadcast a DISTRESS ALERT if the ship is in a grave and imminent danger.
  • Inform Coast/Flag State Authorities and Company’s DPA/Emergency Response team. Request assistance if necessary.
  • Consider reducing the draught of the ship.
  • Make ship’s position available to radio room/GMDSS station, satellite terminal and other automatic distress transmitters and update as necessary.
  • Consider taking on additional ballast to prevent unwanted movement. Preserve VDR or S-VDR records.
  • Maintain a comprehensive log of events and conclusion of the incident
  • Obtain information on local currents & tides, particularly details of the rise and fall of tide Consider reducing the draught of the ship
  • Consider taking on additional ballast to prevent unwanted movement
  • Make ship’s position available to radio room/GMDSS station, satellite terminal and other automatic distress transmitters and update as necessary
  • Inform Coastal StateAuthorities if appropriate
  • Preserve VDR or S-VDR records if not automatically protected
  • Broadcast DISTRESS ALERT and MESSAGE if the ship is in a grave and imminent danger and immediate assistance is required, otherwise broadcast an URGENCY message to ships in the vicinity

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