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 use of anchor.
  • Switch to high cooling water intakes.
  • Display signal required by the Collision Regulations.
  • Take all necessary action to preserve life, 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 extent of damage to own vessel, including status of machinery.
  • Sound all ship tanks and spaces, record results.Actions following Grounding or Stranding:
    • 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 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 incidentActions following Grounding or Stranding: (Contd):

      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 grave and imminent danger and immediate assistance is required, otherwise broadcast an URGENCY message to ships in the vicinity

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