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What checks are to be made before Departure from a port ?

1. Ensure that the main and auxiliary machinery is in working condition. If any machinery was opened up for overhaul, it has been boxed up and tried out for satisfactory operation.

Ensure fuel oil settling and service tanks are full. 

Main air receiver is pressed up and drained of water.

Start and take on load second generator. 

Start all the pumps required for main engine and check for correct pressure and flow as required.

Start lub.oil purifier if not already running.

2. Following Controls have to be tested
(a) Steering gear to be tried out with both motors individually,
movement of the hydraulic rams & rudder stock is smooth and not jerky (jerky movement indicates air in the system), there is no leakage of oil from telemotor receiver or the rams, any greasing points have been greased, helm indicators on bridge and in steering
compartment are showing same degree of helm, and the communication between bridge/ steering compartment/engine
room is in order.

(b) Engine room telegraph to be tried out for normal functioning.

(c) Ship’s whistle to be tried out.

3. Main Engine to be turned on turning gear after obtaining
propeller clearance from duty officer. While turning the engine keep indicator cocks open and manually operate the cylinder
lubricators to lubricate the cylinder liners. Disengage turning

4. Blow through the engine on air after obtaining propeller clearance to turn the engine on air. Look for any water coming out from any unit through indicator cocks.

5. Shut the indicator cocks and try out the engine on fuel in both ahead and astern direction. Before giving controls to the wheelhouse.


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