01-12-1999 1. Passenger information
The means used to ensure that the passenger number for which the
ro-ro ferry or high-speed passenger craft (hereafter referred to as "ship") is certified
is not exceeded. That the system for registration of passenger information complies with
the regulations and is effective. How the information on the total number of passengers
is passed to the master and, if appropriate, how passengers undertaking a double
crossing without going ashore are included in the total for the return voyage.
2. Loading and stability information
That, when applicable, reliable draught gauges are fitted and are
in use. That measures are taken to ensure that the ship is not overloaded and the
appropriate sub-division load line is not submerged. That the loading and stability
assessment is carried out as required. That goods vehicles and other cargo are weighed
where required and the figures passed to the ship for use in the loading and stability
assessment. That damage control plans are permanently exhibited and that booklets
containing damage control information are provided for the ship's officers.
3. Security for sea
The procedure to ensure that the ship is secured for sea before
leaving the berth, which should include a positive reporting procedure that all the
shell watertight and weather-tight doors are closed. That all the vehicle deck doors are
closed before the ship leaves the berth or remain open long enough only to enable the
bow visor to be closed, the closing arrangements for the bow, stern and side doors, and
the provision of indicator lights and TV surveillance to show their status on the
navigating bridge. Any difficulties with the operation of the indicator lights,
particularly the switches at the doors, should be ascertained and reported.
4. Safety announcements
The form of routine safety announcements and the posting of
instructions and guidance on emergency procedures in the appropriate language(s). That
the routine safety announcement takes place at the commencement of the voyage and can be
heard in all public spaces, including open decks, to which passengers have access.
5. Log book entries
An examination of the log book to ensure that the entries are
being made regarding the closing of the bow, stern and other watertight and
weather-tight doors, drills for sub-division watertight doors, testing of steering
gears, etc. Also that draughts, freeboard and stability are being recorded as well as
the common working language for the crew. 6. Dangerous
That any cargo of dangerous or polluting goods is carried in
accordance with the relevant regulations and, in particular, that a declaration
concerning dangerous and polluting goods is provided together with a manifest or stowage
plan to show their location on board, that the carriage of the particular cargo is
permitted on passenger ships, and that the dangerous and polluting goods are properly
marked, labelled, stowed, secured and segregated.
carrying dangerous and polluting goods are properly placarded and secured. That, when
dangerous and polluting goods are carried, a copy of the relevant manifest or stowage
plan is available ashore. That the master is aware of the notification requirements
under Directive 93/75/EEC and of the instructions on the emergency procedures to be
followed and the rendering of first aid should there be an incident involving the
dangerous goods or marine pollutants. That the means of ventilating the vehicle decks is
in use at all times, is increased when the engines of the vehicles are running and that
there is some form of indication on the bridge to show that the vehicle deck ventilation
is in operation. 7. Securing freight vehicles
How freight vehicles are secured, for example, whether block stow
or individual lashings. Whether sufficient strong points are available. The arrangements
for securing freight vehicles when adverse weather is experienced or expected. The
method of securing coaches and motor cycles, if any. That the ship has a cargo securing
manual. 8. Vehicle decks
Whether special category and ro-ro cargo spaces are being
continuously patrolled or monitored by a TV surveillance system so that the movement of
vehicles in adverse weather and the unauthorised entry of passengers may be observed.
That fire doors and entrances are kept shut and that notices are posted to keep
passengers off the vehicle decks whilst the ship is at sea.
9. Closure of watertight doors
That the policy laid down in the ship's operational instructions
for the sub-division watertight doors is being followed. That the required drills are
being carried out. That the bridge control for the watertight doors is kept, when
possible, on "local" control. That the doors are being kept closed in restricted
visibility and any hazardous situation. That crews are instructed in the correct way to
operate the doors and are aware of the dangers of their misuse.
10. Fire patrols
It should be confirmed that an efficient patrol is being
maintained so that any outbreak of fire may be readily detected. This should include
special category spaces where a fixed fire detection and alarm system is not fitted
noting that these spaces may be patrolled as indicated in paragraph 8.
11. Communications in an emergency
That there are sufficient crew members in accordance with the
muster list to assist passengers in an emergency and that they are readily identifiable
and able to communicate with the passengers in an emergency, taking into account an
appropriate and adequate combination of any of the following factors:
the language or languages appropriate to
the principal nationalities of passengers carried on a particular route;
the likelihood that an ability to use
elementary English vocabulary for basic instructions can provide a means of
communicating with a passenger in need of assistance whether or not the passenger and
crew member share a common language; (c)
possible need to communicate during an emergency by some other means (e.g. by
demonstration, hand signals, or calling attention to the location of instructions,
muster stations, life-saving devices or evacuation routes when verbal communication is
the extent to which complete
safety instructions have been provided to passengers in their native language or
the languages in which emergency
announcements may be broadcast during an emergency or drill to convey critical guidance
to passengers and to facilitate crew members in assisting passengers.
12. Common working language between crew
Verify that a working language is established to ensure effective
crew performance in safety matters and that this working language is recorded in the
ship's logbook. 13. Safety equipment
That the live-saving and fire appliances, including the fire doors
and other items of the structural fire protection that may be readily inspected, are
being maintained. That fire control plans are permanently exhibited or booklets
containing the equivalent information are provided for the information of the ship's
officers. That the stowage of the lifejackets is appropriate and that the stowage of
children's lifejackets may be readily identified. That the loading of vehicles does not
prevent the operation of the fire controls, emergency shut-offs, controls for the storm
valves, etc. that may be located on the vehicle decks.
14. Navigational and radio equipment
That the navigational and radio communications equipment,
including emergency position-indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs), are operational.
15. Supplementary emergency lighting
That supplementary emergency lighting is fitted, when required by
the regulations, and that a record of deficiencies is being kept.
16. Means of escape
Marking, in accordance with the applicable requirements, and the
lighting, from both the main and emergency sources of power, of the means of escape. The
measures taken to keep vehicles clear of escape routes where the means of escape cross
or pass through vehicle decks. That exits, particularly exits from duty free shops,
which have been found to be blocked by an excess of goods, are kept clear.
17. Operations book
That copies of the operations book are provided for the master and
each senior officer and that other copies are available for all members of the crew.
Also that there are check lists to cover the preparation for sea and other operations.
18. Engine room cleanliness
That the engine room is maintained in a clean condition with
regard to maintenance procedures. 19. Garbage
That the arrangements for the handling and disposal of garbage are
satisfactory. 20. Planned maintenance
All companies should have specific standing orders, with a planned
maintenance system, for all safety related areas including bow and stern doors and side
openings, together with their closing arrangements, but also covering engine room
maintenance and safety equipment. Plans should be in place for periodically checking all
items so as to maintain safety standards at the highest level. Procedures should be in
place for recording deficiencies and confirming they have been properly rectified so
that the master and the designated person ashore within the company management structure
are aware of the deficiencies and are notified when they have been rectified within a
time specified. Periodic checking of the operation of the inner and outer bow door
closing arrangements should include the indicators, surveillance equipment and any
scuppers in the spaces between the bow visor and the inner door and especially the
closing mechanisms and their associated hydraulic systems.
21. Making a voyage
When making a voyage the opportunity should be taken to check
overcrowding, including the availability of seats and the blocking of passageways,
stairs and emergency exits by baggage and by passengers unable to find seats. That the
vehicle deck is vacated by passengers before the ship sails and that they do not again
have access until immediately prior to docking should also be checked.