Flooding, especially of the engine room is dangerous, as it can affect the entire life support system of the ship. The following should be considered as a general plan of action, with suitable modifications to suit the actual type of ship involved:

  • Stopping engines and sounding the general alarm
  • Checking soundings of all double bottom spaces, cofferdams etc.
  • Closing all water-tight doors
  • Assessing hull damage and stability
  • Assessing possible effects of the flooding on the cargo
  • Preparing boats for launching and other necessary actions

In cases of water ingress or flooding of a compartment, a flooding checklist should be followed and a proper investigation should be carried out to determine the safety of the ship.

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