3.33 SECURING FOR SEA
The master is expected to consult the latest weather forecasts before
proceeding to sea and may use a weather advisory service to recommend
his voyage route. If there is any expectation of heavy weather soon
after departure, the chief officer and chief engineer must be warned
to take extra care in securing the ship. However, the chief officer
should always secure for sea as if his ship will encounter a hurricane
immediately after departure.
When fully loaded, the ship will ride better than in ballast, but the
reduced freeboard means a greater possibility of damage due to seas
boarding. The chief officer should take extra care to see that all main
deck hatches, water tight covers and loose equipment are well secured.
Any tank openings which have been opened before or during loading should
be double-checked for tightness. After undocking, all loose mooring
lines should be put below and the anchor chain pipes covered. Store
rooms and paint lockers must be carefully inspected to ensure that any
stores or spare parts received in port have been properly stowed and
The pumproom should be inspected and secured from bottom to top before
closing and dogging the weather deck doors. All valves in the pumproom
must be closed, sea suctions sealed (but not locked) and the bilges
inspected and pumped dry, if necessary. Any spare parts must be firmly
lashed in place and any combustible materials (packing case materials,
rags, etc.), removed from the pumproom.
Finally, the CCR, ship's office and chief officer's office must be fully
secured to avoid loss of samples, equipment or cargo documents due to
The loaded passage should be the quietest and most restful part of the
chief officer's time on board, but it will only be so if the necessary
precautions have been observed before departure.