Important Engine Room Documents a Ship Cannot Sail Without
2019-03-04 16:24By： xinde marine news
If you thought that with just an up-to-date engine room and a skilful crew you can set sail on your ship to high seas then you were wrong. A ship along with its engine room and experienced men requires a set of important documents to sail safely and without any obstruction from any foreign country.
A vessel can only travel from one foreign port to another with valid certificates and up to date recorded documents. All documents in the engine room and bridge should be duly filled, checked and sign by operating officer and countersigned by managerial level officer for smooth and lawful operation of the ship.
In this article we will discuss the importance of entire documentation along with the important documents which comes under engine department of the ship.
Engine Room Log Book
The Engine room log book is used to record all the parameters of running machineries which includes main propulsion plant, power generation system, boiler, purifier, refrigeration plant, air conditioning plant etc. with signature of the duty officer.
Any abnormal finding is noted by the duty engineer during his watch.
Record of sounding is acknowledged by the engineer officer taking the sounding.
Every day sounding log is counter checked and acknowledged by the chief engineer.
Sewage Management Log
The sewage management log consists of ISPP certificate, operating procedure of sewage plant, and maintenance procedure of the sewage plant.
Second engineer is responsible for maintaining the sewage management plan log.
Any discharge of sewage overboard at sea is recorded in this log along with date, time, position of ship, and quantity discharged.
All the records are acknowledged by the engineering officer carrying the operation.
Any maintenance in sewage plant (chlorine tablet dosing etc) is recorded and acknowledged by the engineering officer carrying out the maintenance.
Sample testing of sewage is also recorded and acknowledge.
Oil to Sea Interface Log
It is used to record working of those systems which has direct interface of oil with sea water.
Chief engineer is responsible to maintain this log.
It normally includes- Stern tube system and Lube oil coolers cooled by sea water system.
Normally the level or quantity of oil in the system is recorded to check for any leaks. All reading is acknowledged by the chief engineer.
Entry is to be done once in on a daily basis.
Any abnormality is recorded and acknowledged by the chief engineer.
Normally most of the shipping companies have a system for sealing all the MARPOL systems which include overboard lines for OWS, sewage system overboard and lines, bilge system and lines etc. with the help of seals.
All the seals placed onboard have an individual number, which is logged in the seal log.
The date and place where the seal is to be fitted is recorded in the log.
Chief engineer is responsible to maintain and acknowledge all the records in the book.
The date when the seal is removed, the purpose of removal is also logged in the seal log.
Saturday/Monday Routine Log
All the emergency equipments such as LSA, FFA equipments and systems on board ship, which are tried out in weekly, monthly or yearly basis, depending upon equipment operation and company requirement for satisfactory operation, are recorded in this log.
It includes emergency generator, emergency fire pump, emergency compressor, life boat engine, emergency stops of pumps and ventilation fans, fire dampers and other equipment and systems as per company requirement.
All officers onboard are designated with particular equipment for carrying out trial operation and procedure, which are to be entered in this log.
Every entry is to be acknowledged by the officer carrying out the operation with remarks and brief description of the same.
Chief Engineer Night Order Book
Only Chief engineer is responsible for maintaining this log.
Chief engineer’s instructions are written for night watch officers in this book.
All engineer officers and trainee engineer officers have to read and acknowledge the order written by the chief engineer.