What is required in the Safety Orientation?

46 CFR 26.03 contains the “Special Operating Requirements” for uninspected passenger vessels.

Before getting underway on any uninspected passenger vessel, the operator or master must ensure that suitable public announcements, instructive placards, or both, are provided in a manner that affords all passengers the opportunity to become acquainted with:

  1. Stowage locations of life preservers;
  2. Proper method of donning and adjusting life preservers of the type(s) carried on the vessel;
  3. The type and location of all lifesaving devices carried on the vessel; and
  4. The location and contents of the Emergency Checkoff List.

Sample Emergency Checkoff List

Measures to be considered in the event of:

Rough weather at sea or crossing hazardous bars.

  • All weathertight and watertight doors, hatches and airports closed to prevent taking water aboard.
  • Bilges kept dry to prevent loss of stability.
  • Passengers seated and evenly distributed.
  • All passengers wearing life preservers in conditions of very rough seas or if about to cross a bar under hazardous conditions.
  • An international distress call and a call to the Coast Guard over radiotelephone made if assistance is needed (if radiotelephone equipped).

Man overboard.

  • Ring buoy thrown overboard as close to the victim as possible.
  • Lookout posted to keep the victim in sight.
  • Crewmember, wearing a life preserver and lifeline, standing by ready to jump into the water to assist the victim back aboard.
  • Coast Guard and all vessels in the vicinity notified by radiotelephone (if radiotelephone equipped).
  • Search continued until after radiotelephone consultation with the Coast Guard, if at all possible.

(c) Fire at Sea.

  • Air supply to the fire cut off by closing hatches, ports, doors, and ventilators, etc.
  • Portable extinguishers discharged at the base of the flames of flammable liquid or grease fires or water applied to fires in combustible solids.
  • If fire is in machinery spaces, fuel supply and ventilation shut off and any installed fixed firefighting system discharged.
  • Vessel maneuvered to minimize the effect of wind on the fire.
  • Coast Guard and all vessels in the vicinity notified by radiotelephone of the fire and vessel location (if radiotelephone equipped).
  • Passengers moved away from fire and wearing life preservers.

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Instructor and Director at Columbia Pacific Maritime LLC
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