Ship Arrival

Navigation and communication

All persons on board have had vessel orientations (SOLAS Ch III, Reg 19 Pt. 2.1, 2.2)

Crew list updated for voyage plan

Authorities notified of departure—all permissions/ authorizations to depart received

Necessary charts and publications available and updated (SOLAS V Reg. 27)

Flags for destination and alternates on board

Check day shapes (if applicable)

Check running lights, spot lights and indicator/ instrument panel lights (SOLAS V Reg.19)

Check bell, horn and whistle (46 CFR 131.505) (SOLAS V Reg.26) (33CFR 164.25(d))

Check that radios are working and set to correct frequencies

Test portable VHF radios

Test communications between bridge and eng room (SOLAS Ch5 Reg. 20 Pt. 2.3)

Turn on and test radars

Turn on and test AIS- ensure correct set-up

Test fathometer is working and settings are correct

Check that antennas, mast and rigging are in good condition and secured


Log the draft in the Bridge log book. (46 CFR 131.510)

Check and log compasses are turned on and latitude settings for gyro are set correctly

Check and log that GMDSS is working properly

Check that port clearance and any other required documents are on board

Voyage plan completed, emailed to and in ship’s log (SOLAS V Reg.34)

Check certs of all marine crew and add statement to logbook that “All marine crew have been found qualified and certified”-- signed by Master

Steering and propulsion

Test steering gear (SOLAS ChV Reg 26 Pt 1-2)

Once engines are running, check engine tachometers and gauges are working properly. Briefly engage clutch to see that they are responding. Check control air pressure.

Turn on steering system and test rudders and rudder angle indicator

Once bow thruster is started, rotate the head and test the clutch/ throttle


See EPIRB and SARTS in place and properly mounted for deployment

Flash lights and emergency lights are working properly. (46 CFR 164.25)

Check life rafts, life rings, strobes and smoke buoys in place, properly stowed (46 CFR 131.540)

Secure loose objects on bridge

Before cast-off

Be sure everyone who will be sailing is aboard and everyone not sailing has departed.

Shore facilities disconnected, cables and hoses secured.

Sweet for stowaways. (ISPS Code and Vessel Security Plan)

Secure all watertight doors and hatches.

Secure loose gear on all decks.

Secure winch and crane.

Gangplank is stowed, secured and all safety chains reconnected.

No loose lines, rigging cables hanging in water or over the side

No obstructions or floating debris around the vessel

Man all mooring lines- ensure they are wearing proper PPE

Lookouts in place

Notify the engine room

Right after cast-off

Activate any radars- if in standby mode

Verify mooring lines are properly stowed

In open water

Secure anchor windlass for transit

Notify port authorities you are clear and set radios to standby frequencies



Name and Signature