Taking on Water


  • To identify risk to vessel and take appropriate steps


  • Captain and crew members, as assigned.


Step Taking On Water
1 Call out “Water in or on the [location]”.
2 Start pumps or have someone start bailing.
3 Determine where the water is coming from.
4 If there is a risk to the vessel, contact authorities and surrounding vessels to advise your situation and your position.
5 Take steps to stop or slow down the leak. Consider grounding the vessel if unable to bring the flooding under control.
6 If vessel stability is at risk, prepare to abandon ship.
7 Keep authorities advised on the situation.
8 Complete an incident report form and advise company and authorities as necessary.

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