Pre-start Activity


Appropriately dressed / presented?

On approaching and entering the vessel, observation to ascertain that all is as would be expected?

Proceed to wheelhouse?

Check ship's logbook?

Wheelhouse equipment checked?

Confirm vessel's overall status?

Conduct systems operational checks?

Mooring lines stowed correctly?

Preparations for on-loading activity?

Are visitors & passengers inducted & recorded?

Line Work Activity

Hazard awareness, risk minimisation?



On-loading Activity


Pre-loading considerations?

Compliance with on-loading procedure?

Effectiveness of final load configuration?

Time used efficiently?

Departure - Transit - Arrival

Confirm readiness to depart?

Compliance of passenger briefings & verification to VTS?

Notify VTS on departure (Ch15)?

Departure from berth as paaropriate with due regard to weather and other vessels?

On arrival confirm safe access?

Operation of vessel during transit (See also vessel handling and management)?

Approach to the berth (See also vessel handling and management)?

Entry to berth (at an appropriate speed, appropriate positioning of vessel in relation to the approach to the berth, loading ramp to be lowered only when necessary)?

Positioning of vessel on ramp or berth?

Confirm readiness to offload?

Offloading Activity


Compliance with offloading procedure?


Time used efficiently?

Vessel Handling and Management

Situational awareness?

Crew resource management?

General vessel knowledge?

Maneuvering (effective use of controls, positioning the vessel on the approach to the berth, speed, alignment, control)?

Area of operation knowledge (routes, limitations, procedures, policies, local rules for harbour)?

Navigation of vessel (operation of the vessel whilst underway)?

Operational effectiveness (maintaining timetables, interaction with other vessels, customer relations / service)?

Shut Down Activity


Preparation for mooring?

Confirm vessel made fast?

Confirm loading ramps secure?

Confirm finish with engines and systems?

Configure overnight lighting?

complete all necessary paperwork?

Ensure wheelhouse clean and tidy?

Secure wheelhouse for night?

Confirm vessel berth security?

Vessel presented ready for next day?

Refueling Activity

Communication (pre fuel briefing, radio communication)?

Equipment and condition of (spill kits, fire fighting equipment)?

Compliance with refueling procedure?

Effectiveness of refueling activity?

Stowage of all equipment after use?

Complete all relevant paperwork?

Emergency Drill Activity?

Undertake a pre-activity briefing (discuss the type of drill, the drill scenario, duties of the crew, equipment to be used, any limitations, expected outcomes)?

Conducting of the drill (refer to onboard emergency procedures)?

Operational effectiveness (overall effectiveness of the drill to achieve the desired outcomes, overall and individual crew performance?

After drill de-briefing?

Resetting of all activated equipment?


Are general waste procedures being followed?

Sewerage management plans being followed?

Vessel spill kits in place and stocked?

Safety Equipment Check

Life rafts?

Life buoys?

Master's grab bag / canister?


Carley floats?

Fire extinguishers?

Fire hose and pump test?

Fire alarm test?

Bilge pump test?

Life jackets?



First aid kit?

Defibrillator (AED)?

Eye wash?

MSDS folder?

Results of Assessment

Crew member / team performance?

Feedback and Comments

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.