General Overview :
There is no decision as critical or serious onboard ship as determining whether or not the situation has deteriorated to the point where the crew should Abandon Ship. Only the Captain shall decide whether and when Abandon Ship procedures are to be undertaken. During extended open water passages the Abandon Ship Procedures will be reviewed prior to leaving the dock and again when underway.
Major Categories :
GREEN When a situation arises that the Captain believes may lead to Abandoning Ship.
YELLOW Captain determines the situation is more serious. All persons don life jackets, prepare personal Abandon Ship duffel bag and Abandon Ship Teams are gathered in the wheelhouse to finalize contingent plans and assignments.
Team No 1. Food and Survival Books
Team No 2. Medical Supplies
Team No 3. Communication:(SOS/MAYDAY on VHF, SSB & Satcom, E.P.I.R.B., Flares, Strobe, Flash Lights, Mirror, Portable VHF Radio)
Team No 4. Life Raft (Launch Team), Fishing Gear, and Water Rations (2 six Gal. Jugs w/Air Space to Float)
RED Abandon Ship Procedures Life Raft Launch Team and all other assignments are carried out.
REMEMBER Some Abandon Ship situations go from Green to Red in a matter of minutes. Some take hours and even days. You should be mentally prepared.
Prepare in Advance. Each member of the crew should have prepared and thought through a small Abandon Ship Duffel Bag and personal clothing (long underwear, sweater, deck shoes or boots, warm jacket, long sleeve shirt, hat, sunburn lotion, pants, foul weather gear, wet suit). In a condition GREEN everyone should place their individual medical prescriptions, glasses, passport and other essential belongings to their Abandon Ship Bag.
Do not, under any circumstances, swim away from the vessel or raft without a safety line!
TEAM #1 - Food Provision Team
The Abandon Ship Bag is located ___________. Provision and seal the bag and secure it to the lifelines on the back boat deck.
q Canned Goods
q Can Opener
q Crackers, biscuit, cookies
q Drinks in containers
q Citrus Fruits (lemon, oranges …)
q Toilet Paper, Towels
q Survival Books
q Flash Light(s)
When all jobs are completed, inform the Captain, and then go to your lifeboat station.
TEAM #2 - Medical Provision Team
There is an emergency Medical Kit that is sufficient to cover almost any offshore emergency. Additional medical supplies and prescription drugs are located in the ships medicine locker. A second duffel bag is attached to the Medical Kit for use in storing these medications. A lanyard is attached to the second duffel bag to enable you to secure these bags to a floatation device (i.e. life jacket) and to a lifeline on the boat deck.
Locate the Ship’s Flare Box along with the emergency flares in the boat deck locker. Tie them together and attach them to the lifeline.
There are containers of water located in the locker on the boat deck. Each container has been left partially empty to insure that it will float. You will also see a lanyard attached to each of the containers. Using the first line, tie each of the containers together. Use the second line to temporarily secure the water jugs to the lifeline next to the provisions. Take a third line and tie the water containers to the Abandon Ship Provisions bag.
Fishing Gear & Tackle is located in the __________. Tie all items together and tether alongside the Abandon Ship Bag
q Fishing Pole(s)
q Fishing Line & Reel
q Tackle Box
q Gaff and Knife (in a sheaf)
q One coil of line (black/white line, located on the boat deck)
After the medical supplies, flares, water and fishing gear have been brought up on deck and secured you should render any required assistance (i.e. medical, carrying bags on deck to be secured, emotional support ...)
When all jobs are completed, inform the Captain, and then go to your lifeboat station.
TEAM #3 - Communications/Navigation Team
Should the Captain determine to transmit a MAYDAY call the following verbiage and procedures should be followed in sending the distress message :
q MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY
q This is the German Motor yacht "STARSHIP", the vessel "STARSHIP", the vessel " STARSHIP "
q Call Sign: DELTA - HOTEL - X-RAY - OSCAR
q MAYDAY Position: _____ degrees _____ minutes N/S, ____ degrees ____ minutes W/E
q We are _______________ (nature of the distress: i.e. FIRE, SINKING, FLOUNDERING...) and are abandoning ship, REPEAT we are abandoning ship !
q There are ____ Persons onboard the vessel, (____ Persons with _____ injuries).
q We are a 23 M, grey trawler with white superstructure
q WE have a LIFE RAFT, with an _______________ (ORANGE CANOPY), __ TENDER(S) AND A 406 EPIRB
q (THIS IS OUR LAST TRANSMISSION)
Wait about one minute for a response and acknowledgment. If no response, repeat transmission.
If time permits, it is also wise to provide the name of the Captain, Crew and shore side contact (usually next of kin). You may be asked to transmit a numbered count in order for another ship to locate you using radio direction finders.
1. Send a Distress Message, using the following equipment and in the following order:
q Activate the EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon)
q Cellular/Satcom - After acknowledgment depress the Automatic Emergency Alarm Button on the Unit (if so equipped)
q SSB Radio - Dial Frequency 2182 kHz (International Ship Distress Frequency) or 123.1 MHz (Emergency and Distress Frequency) and Broadcast a MAYDAY. After transmitting depress the Radiotelephones Automatic Alarm
q VHF Radio - Dial to Channel #16 and broadcast a MAYDAY
2. Take the abandon ship bag, located in the Pilot House, and gather the following
items, to be brought to the Aft Cockpit or Boat Deck:
q Portable VHF Radio and insert it in the waterproof pouch
q Portable AM/FM Radio and insert it in the waterproof baggy
q Flashlight and extra batteries
q Paper and Pens
3. When all jobs are completed, inform the Captain, then go to your lifeboat station.
TEAM #4 - Launch Crew
The Launch Crew, which will normally consist of 2 members (one of which will be the team captain) who has the responsibility for insuring the safe deployment of the life raft and tenders. In most cases this will be on the leeward side of the boat.
The first priority of the Launch Crew, after deciding which side of the boat to deploy the raft, will be to determine the safest location to load the provisions and crew onboard the raft. In most cases this will be the aft cockpit. The Launch Crew will secure the following items (attaching the red safety line to a strong point):
q All jugs of water
q Emergency Flare Kit
q Food Supplies
q Medical Pack and Supplemental Medical Bag
q Individual Abandon Ship Bag(s)
q Communication/Navigation Bag
q Fishing Gear and Tackle
Upon the Captain's orders, deploy the life raft, being sure that the painter is securely tied-off. Both before and after the raft is deployed the Launch Captain should insure that there are no sharp objects, rigging or other obstructions that could prove detrimental to the raft or persons onboard the vessel.
The Captain of the Launch Team then enters the life raft.
The Launch Captain will organize the orderly transfer of all emergency equipment and supplies into the raft, being sure to immediately tie down and secure each of these items.
Depending on the nature of the emergency and the sea conditions, the Launch Crew, after loading and securing the emergency life raft, may decide to: (a) if weather permits, launch the tender(s) and deploy their sea anchor(s) (wherein they should be tethered together and tied off to the raft); (b) if unsafe to launch the tender(s), loosen the restraining straps securing the tenders permitting them to float free, in the event of a sinking; or (c) leave the tenders secured if it is determined to be unsafe to loosen the hardware.
Lasse & Lisa
DJ & Diana
Michael & James
Charles & Lou
October 29, 2000
FIRST PERSON SEEING PERSON FALL OVERBOARD IMMEDIATELY:
q YELL 'MAN OVERBOARD' - NOTIFY HELMSMAN
q THROW LIFE RING - CONTINUE THROWING OBJECTS THAT FLOAT INTO WATER CREATING A 'TRAIL' THE BOAT CAN FOLLOW ONCE IT TURNS AROUND.
q KEEP EYES ON PERSON AND ARM EXTENDED POINTING TO PERSON IN WATER. NEVER TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THAT PERSON. MOVE TO UPPER DECK IF PRACTICAL, THIS WILL GIVE YOU A BETTER VANTAGE POINT AND ALLOW YOU TO DEPLOY "LIFESLING" WHEN REQUIRED.
q TOUCH MOB (MAN OVERBOARD) ON GPS
q PUT ENGINE IN NEUTRAL AND SOUND 5 SHORT BLASTS ON HORN - ALERTING OTHER VESSELS AND CREW MEMBERS.
q RETRACE COURSE BACK TO PERSON OVERBOARD.
q MANEUVER VESSEL ALONGSIDE UPWIND OF VICTIM.
q PUT ENGINE IN NEUTRAL AND SHUT ENGINE OFF.
q GET HANDHELD VHF TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE HELMSMAN. (AT SEA STORED IN TOP DRAWER INSIDE AND TO PORT OF AFTER DOOR)
q WHEN REQUESTED, THROW "LIFESLING" TO MOB, OR DEPLOY SO IT CAN BE TOWED TO MOB
q CREW MEMBER (PUT ON MUSTANG SURVIVAL SUIT, NORTH OF 30 Deg. N. AND SOUTH OF 30 Deg. S.) WITH LINE ATTACHED, GO INTO WATER TO ASSIST IF NECESSARY.
q The person on watch shall be responsible for the safe passage of the yacht, correct entries in the log, notifying the captain of any dangerous or unusual circumstances and is directly accountable to the captain.
q Logs shall be entered at hourly intervals and more frequently as circumstances dictate. Logs consist of a deck log and machinery log.
q Running lights to be switched on a half hour before dusk and switched off a half hour after sunrise, unless local conditions dictate otherwise, e.g. reduced visibility due to rain, mist or fog.
q Anchor to be ready for immediate use prior to entering port and confined or restricted areas.
q All appropriate flags to be hoisted three miles from landfall. An ensign is to be worn during daylight and when entering or leaving port.
THE CAPTAIN WILL BE NOTIFIED OF :
q Notable changes in sea state, wind speed and direction, or weather.
q Unusual or dangerous circumstances on or around the yacht.
q Unusual or faulty operation of equipment, changes in temperature, pressure, gauges, GPS, etc.
q Relative verbal or radio communications including Mayday, Pan Pan or Securities.
q Required or requested changes in course heading.
q Any apprehensions or concerns of the watch, if you ask yourself "should I notify the captain" the answer is yes.
STARSHIP can be in any any of four modes of operation. Activities, duties, responsibilities will vary according to the active mode. Please double check with PD or Captain for details.
STARSHIP is on passage, meaning a minimum of 8 hours travel time. If no visitors are on board we will fall back to passage mode. Most crewmembers will spent the time being on watch, resting/sleeping, eating, watching a movie, reading a book or play a game.
Other than on crewmembers on watch, STARSHIP is in a more relaxed mode.
No alcohol during passages !!!
STARSHIP is exploring and visiting Islands and/or anchorages. There are NO official visitors on board. Crew might be diving, visiting Islands etc. This mode is generally a bit more relaxed and crewmembers will have more opportunities to enjoy and to do things.
STARSHIP is docked or anchored at a port and is in maintenance and provisioning mode. Crewmembers will generally be involved in cleaning, fixing, sorting, shopping or organizing mode. Meals may be skipped and/or taken ashore according to requirements. Usually no visitors on board.
STARSHIP is in action! Most likely we have journalists from STERN or other visitors on board. We have a tight schedule and “we are on a mission”. Crewmembers will generally support/help/pamper visitors and will have less time for exploring, diving etc themselves. Be on time and be ready at all times! Give your very best !
Dresscode requirements vary according to mode of operation. Crewmembers should be clean and tidy at all times. Crewmembers will be provided with a variety of STARSHIP clothing, typically POLO’s, T-Shirts, Sweaters and Jackets. You are responsible for these clothes. Keep them in good condition. You may take most of these items home when leaving STARSHIP. Check with PD.
Please combine with one color plain shorts or long pants according to climate. Preferred colors of pants are khaki, beige, dark blue, black or darker green. Wear not too bright shoes (sneakers, dockers etc)
Fairly relaxed. Wear swim trunks, bathing suits or other personal clothes as you desire. Just remember, be tidy and clean. If you like to sunbath on the top deck, bikini top is optional.
Wear STARSHIP clothes whenever possible. Especially if we are visiting Islands and/or around other people or cruisers.
Wear STARSHIP clothes at all times. If we have special functions or expect visitors etc., wear the same tops (ie Polo’s or T-Shirts). If in doubt check with PD or Captain.
WATCH Duties on Passages
Each and every crewmember shall receive a full helms training by Captain, PD (or other experienced crewmember that has been on board at least 3 month) before being allowed to stay watch.
Person on watch has to stay alert at all times. No headphones, intensive reading or other distraction allowed. Of course no drinking of alcohol within 8 hr prior of watch (generally no alcohol on passages)
Do not leave the wheelhouse during your watch for more than one minute. If you need to need to go to longer to the bathroom notify other crewmember
No outside walking on foredeck during passage at night if alone or unless sea is dead calm.
At night or if crewmember is tired the watchclock has to be turned on ! No exceptions !
Duties and Checklist
q Is STARSHIP visible on Navchart (TRANSAS) ?
If not press ESC, ESC, F8
q Is NAV mode active ?
q Is STARSHIP on course ?
q No obstacles/ships on radar or chart in direct course line of STARSHIP ?
q Is Radar set to 6nm (color) and 1.5nm range (monochrome))
q Is Radar sensitivity set correctly ?
q Is VHF on Channel 16 and 73 ?
q Depth - if shallower than 15 Meters inform Captain or PD unless prior briefed
q RPM - cruising RPM is between 1580 & 1610 unless directed differently
q Gauges - please check gauges to yellow indicators (Captain: Check Indicators !)
q Check TV Monitor for engine room (smoke, fire etc)
q Do engine room checks and fill in Logbook according to instructions given
Report any inconsistencies or irregularities.
And again: If you ask yourself "should I notify the captain" the answer is YES !.
Wheelhouse : *
q Steering Pump on
q Robertson AP9 MK3 on
q Gear & throttle - take control in wheelhouse
q Steering - take control in wheelhouse
q Radar 1 & 2 ready (Check settings !!)
q Stabilizers on as required
Engine room :
q Fill day tank
q Side tanks balanced for tender
q Second generator started for hydraulics, if required **
q Main engine started **
On deck :
q Uncover upper helm stations if required, ensure thruster joy sticks are vertical
q Secure any loose items
q Secure anchors
q Turn off, drain and secure hoses as required
q Stow fenders and dock lines
q Tie down tenders, kayaks and crane
Dive deck :
q Secure dive ladder !!
q Secure tanks on dive deck and boat deck
q Secure any loose dive equipment
q Go through interior to make sure there is nothing that could be damaged or could cause damage due to the conditions, doors latched open or closed, coffee maker stowed, head seats down, shower supplies on sole and closed as necessary.
* Check Steering, Throttle & Gear and thrusters if required, prior to casting off or raising the anchors
** Clear with Captain prior to starting.
NOTE - Nothing to be turned of until the vessel is secure at the dock or anchor and the OK is given
q Gear & throttle, take control in wheelhouse
q Steering, take control in wheelhouse
q Robertson AP9 MK3 - turn off
q Steering pump - turn off
q Radar 1 & 2 switched to standby and monitors turned down
q Stabilizers turned off
q Second generator for hydraulics turned off unless the tender is to be launched immediately
q Main engine turned off after turbos have cooled for 10 minutes (running at idle or below 1000 RPM)
q Side tanks balanced for tender
q On deck
q Cover upper helm stations
q Shut down running lights
q Turn on anchor lights
q Turn on outside lights
q Ensign to be raised early morning (no later than 08:00).
q A VHF radio watch to be maintained at all times by monitoring CH-73 or another specified channel.
q If you can not fulfill your VHFduty for whatever reason you have to find someone to maintain listening watch for you
q Fixed wheelhouse VHF radios to be set on CH-16 (ComStation) & CH-73 (Helm) unless otherwise specified. Check if volume is up.
q Telephones to be answered after a 3 second wait with " STARSHIP, Hello" Messages should be written down and relayed ASAP.
q Periodic engine room checks.
q Fill day tank in early evening, before dinner.
q Ensign to be lowered at sunset.
q Radar monitors to be dimmed at dusk. Radar should be on standby
q Deck lights to be switched on at dusk.
q Anchor light to be switched on a ½ hour before dusk.
q The position and behavior of anchors to be observed as well as those of other vessels.
At the Dock:
q Dock line and fender positions to be checked
Securing for the night:
q VHF radios, Computer station VHF tuned to CH-73 and Vol. set at "0"
q Helm VHF tuned to CH-16 and Vol. set at "2"
q Tidy up outside, stow movable objects, radios, tools, personal items etc. and check with person who has deck duties
q Lock the three exterior doors, check that everyone has returned and are not on deck before locking.
q Fuel tender, check engine oil level and make sure engines start and tender is operational.
q Rinse down, chamois and cover tender at sunset or after it’s last run, also make sure batteries are turned off and remove keys, radios and other valuables.
q Make sure you have lines and fenders ready for docking.
q Assist with all anchoring and docking procedures.
q Check deck throughout the day and put things away as necessary. Make sure deck is cleaned up at nightfall. Turn off and drain water hoses
q Make sure wash downs are done with assistance from available crew. (After passage full soap wash down of entire boat including hull!! Fresh water rinse and chamois daily as needed, check with captain)
If time permits, other jobs can be done such as:
q Polish stainless
q Clean and oil cap rail
q Remove stains, that need more attention then wash down
q Clean and tidy up lockers
q Buff hull as needed
q Remove console cover
q Turn battery switches to ON, Port to #1, Stbd to #2, check charge levels
q Check and fill fuel tank
q Check oil level on both outboards
q Start both outboards; allow to run while cleaning and drying the tender
q Check the tubes for inflation
q Chamois the tender
q Ensure there are 2 mooring lines for tying up ashore on the tender
q Ensure that bilge pump is on AUTO
q Ensure that bilge pump is on AUTO
q Wipe down tender
q Remove keys
q Turn battery switches to OFF
q Fit the console cover
q Tilt outboards about 15 degrees forward and parallel with the centerline for lifting
q Secure fore and aft tie downs
q Remove cowls from outboards and spray engine head and electrics with WD-40 or CRC
q Connect fresh water to cooling ports and run for 3-5 minutes, check flow from O/B
q Turn off batteries
q Wash down tender and outboards
q Fit the console cover
q Drop the drain tube on transom
q Rig bridles from Starship's port & stbd quarter fairleads
q Hook both bridle clips into towing eye on tenders stem
q Tilt up outboards and set them parallel with the centerline
q Turn off batteries
q Ensure bilge pump is on AUTO
q Fit the console cover
NOTE - The same general procedures and checks should be carried out for the dinghy.
The main and primary objective of all diving operation on STARSHIP is to film or photograph. That means that anyone cleared by the PD (Project Director) for filming, lighting, assisting on a particular dive are considered primary divers and have clear diving priority on that specific dive. Any crew interested in filming, lighting or assisting please contact PD well before the dive.
Also the respective journal writers will have priority if writing about the dive site is appropriate. (Journal writers: Please remember the project is not all about diving !)
A secondary objective of diving operation is to reward the crew and to give them a chance to enjoy the underwater wonders. This is considered to be an incentive and should not be taken for granted. All work must be done and STARSHIP shall be in peek condition and any diving shall not interfere with other jobs, schedules, or prime objective of the projects etc.
Therefore, all non primary diving by Guests or Volunteers must be cleared before every dive with the PD (Project Director) and in his absence with the Captain. Decisions may also be influenced by dive abilities etc.
This results in a diving priority as follows:
q Primary Divers (Photo, Film, Lighting, Journal etc)
q Assistants to Primary divers
q Guests on Board
q Volunteer crew
q Permanent crew
Any necessary dive support operation i.e. Tender driving, bubble watching etc shall be handled in reverse order:
q Permanent Crew
q Volunteer Crew
q Guests on board
Of course there is some flexibility in these order. The goal is that everybody gets a fair share of diving.
The divedeck & all equipment shall be ready at least 20 Minutes before the departure for the dive. Divedeck crew shall contact PD or Captain for the tentative dive schedule of the day on the night before.
q Fill banks in compressor
q Check all tanks are full
q Put ladder down
q Put out dry towels
q Assemble PD’s gear
q Put drop line in
q Put drift line in (if necessary)
q Fill camera bucket with water
q Check safety equipment for every diver (sausage, whistle etc)
(as above, plus…)
q Put Strobe on drop line, check function
q Check lights for every diver
q Fill all tanks
q Rinse and put away PD’s gear
q General tidy of dive deck
Every once in a while something breaks or gets lost. That happens and is in some respect part of life. Nonetheless it needs to be known so it can be reordered and/or possible procedures can be introduced and future excessive loss can be prevented. Therefore:
Each and every loss or damage of equipment belonging to STARSHIP or not to the respective crewmember must be immediately reported by the crewmember in writing by email to the Captain and the Project Director. Also a PIR (Property Irregularity Report) must be filed within 4 hours of incident.
The email is to include the exact description of when, where, what happened and what was damaged and the exact description of the damage or loss.
This also includes damage or faults that crewmembers have noticed, but that he or she is NOT responsible for.
No Exception !
q Empty dishwasher throughout the day
q Full set up and break down of dinner table for each meal
q Restock drink fridge throughout the day
q Restock coffee station (napkins, sugar, etc.)
q Tidy up in the salon and wheelhouse
q Wipe down all surfaces, especially coffee station
q Wipe down TV and computer screens with a soft dry cloth, not glass cleaner
make sure there are no streaks
q Vacuum daily, check if somebody is on the phone/radio before going up the wheelhouse
q Keep up with laundry as needed. See Washing machine
q Make sure, towels are available on aft deck for diving or swimming
q Assist Chef with any other duties if required
Meals are served three times a day. Mealtimes vary according to the mode STARSHIP is in and can also vary day by day if required by the daily schedule.
q Breakfast on the table between 08:00 and 08:30. Will be left for approx 1 hour before cleaned up so that crewmembers have some flexibility in taken their meal.
q Lunch 13:00
q Dinner 19:30
q Breakfast between 07:30 and 08:30 as required by schedule. All crewmembers should take Breakfast at the same time with some flexibility (+/- 5 minutes)
q Lunch 13:00
q Dinner 19:00
q Breakfast usually at 07:30. All crewmembers are expected to be on time sharp !
Breakfast could be anytime as required. Breakfast time will be announced the night before by PD (Project Director) or Captain. If it doubt ask!
All Crewmembers are expected to be out of their cabins at least 10 minutes before breakfast time.
q Lunch 13:00 - could vary dramatically if needed by schedule. Please check with PD or Captain.
q Dinner 19:00 - could vary dramatically if needed by schedule. Please check with PD or Captain.
If anyone has a message for STARSIP, the Captain or the PD (Project Director) or anyone else on STARSHIP please make sure to write it down (if possible) and get the following additional information:
q Name und position/function
q how to reach (VHF Channel, Telephone, Address etc)
q when to reach
q whether the person will call back on his own or not
q and of course the nature of his call.
Please try to deliver messages asap.
If necessary relay via cell phone, VHF, email etc
q Always sort clothes - wash white and colored loads separately. Try to load similar fabrics together.
q Detergent is highly concentrated - use ONLY one fourth of measuring cup. Put detergent in compartment 2
q Do not overload, maximum load 5 kgs/11 lbs, please read manual in locker beside washer/dryer for details and/or questions.
q Use minimal bleach in the white loads, compartment C only, with water temp on max. Do not over fill.
q Do not wash or dry engine room rags or cleaning rags with regular laundry. Do a half load if necessary
q Use only one softener sheet in dryer per load.
q Check with Chef around dinnertime about using the dryer, it uses too much power if the galley stove is on.
q If there is still a lot of water in the load machine when finished washing, return dial to #7 (clockwise) and press start to restart spin cycle.
TO REMAIN IN THE STRICTEST FORCE AT ALL TIMES
Any use or bringing aboard of non-prescription drugs will not be tolerated and will result in the immediate dismissal by the captain or owner without recourse. In the case of the discovery of illegal drugs at sea, the authorities will be notified and informed of the estimated time of arrival at the port of destination for their handling of the matter as they see fit.
Date of joining:
I hereby acknowledge that I have read and understand the drug abuse policy of the M/Y STARSHIP. I will not bring aboard any controlled drugs, nor will I permit the use or possession of such substances by any person who may visit me aboard the M/Y STARSHIP.
Furthermore, I will immediately report the presents of illegal or controlled drugs brought aboard by guests to the captain. I also understand the owner reserves the right to test all persons on board if suspected of drug abuse at any time.
Signature Witness Date