Seafarer's Question Answers

Pawan Vaid
Pawan Vaid Third Officer

As per the LSA Code, ship 200 m or above should have a minimum of 14 number of lifebouys. 

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

In my opinion, we do not generally need to keep the steering motor on while alongside. But while alongside at a berth/port with current (such as in river ports), it is strongly advised to keep at least one steering motor on.

This would prevent the rudder to move away from its mid-ship position due t

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

The required trim of the ship is decided during the meeting of the chief officer with docking master before the ship proceeds to the dry dock. Docking master gives the required information on the desired trim to the chief officer. Chief officer calculates the closest what he can achieve considering

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

A ship is detained because of a considerable port state control deficiency or multiple deficiencies. With these deficiencies, if the port state officer feels that it is not safe for the ship to proceed to the sea, the ship will be detained. The detention order of the ship is lifted only when the def

Aruna Liyanage
Aruna Liyanage Third Engineer

SOPEP-Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan

MSDS-Material Safety Data Sheet

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

Yes, these two surveys are usually conducted at the same time along with many other statutory surveys. But that is not a requirement to have these two surveys conducted together. These can be conducted on different dates.

But all these certificates would remain valid for the same duration, which wi

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

The issue was raised by Marshall Island which proposed that the cooking oil should be allowed to be transferred to sludge tank and disposed of as per MARPOL Annex 1 requirements.

Many countries opposed this proposal.

After careful discussion on this topic, MEPC decided that cooking oil shou

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

As per MARPOL, the word en route means

that the ship is underway at sea on a course or courses, including deviation from the shortest direct route, which as far as practicable for navigation purposes, will cause any discharge to be spread over as great an area of the sea as is reasonable and practi

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

The only area where incinerator cannot operate is ports, harbours, and estuaries. An estuary is the wide part of the river that nears the sea.

The incinerator can be operated in SECA also but only outside the port limits.

There is no regulation that prohibits the ship to burn residues generated

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

We have to admit that quantifying the garbage produced on board is a work of estimation. It is really not uncommon to find the disparity in daily production of garbage under different individuals.

This is obviously because different people may draw a different estimation of the same quantity o

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

Each classification society has developed its rules for the design and construction of the ships and its machinery.

These rules incorporate the standard rules developed by IACS and various IMO conventions.

Rules related to the design and construction are taken care during the construction stage. F

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

Let us understand this by considering a hypothetical situation. Let us assume that India has not ratified MARPOL convention. There will be further two situations in this assumption.

  • India would have its own pollution prevention rules
  • India does not have any pollution prevention rules

In the fi

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

Here is how IMO defines the near miss

A sequence of events and/or conditions that could have resulted in a loss. 

The potential loss could be 

  • human injury
  • environmental damage
  • negative business impact

Let us look at few examples in each of these categories

Sequence of events th

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

Ballast water is the talk of the town these days. Come 08th September 2017, the ballast water convention will enter into force.

And with that, there will be more and more inspections focussing on how we manage ballast water.

To avoid violation issues, it is important that we are sure of what is ex

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

IMDG Code specifies various conditions of the carriage of dangerous goods in packaged form. Shippers need to make sure that all these conditions are followed when shipping the dangerous goods.

For example, the dangerous goods need to be segregated as per the IMDG code to avoid two incompatible go

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

I just wrote a detailed guide on damage stability that includes explanation of the term floodable length and permissible length.

A Complete Guide to Understand Damage Stability Better

If you have any further question on this, do not hesitate to ask.

 

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

As the name suggests, Panamax vessel is the largest size of the vessel that can transit the Panama Canal.

The maximum size of the vessels allowed in Panama Canal is

  • Overall Length:  950 ft (289.56 m) with few exceptions for container vessels and rigidly connected tug-barge

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

DPA is the link between the ship and the shore. DPA is legally bound to provide all the legitimate support to the ship.

Let us see what ISM code says about the "Designated Person Ashore"...

To ensure the safe operation of each ship and to provide a link between the Company and those

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

Vetting inspections are not mandatory by statute or by law. But these inspections have become a necessity for operating a commercial ship.

The cargo owners, terminals and all other parties commercially involved with the ships want to make sure that they have a seaworthy and a safe ship.

Reviewing

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

I wrote a post on Hague-Visby rules sometime back. You can read it by clicking on the below link.

A basic and simplified guide of Hague Visby rules for seafarers

If you have any other specific question on Hague-Visby rules, don't hesitate to ask.