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What Is Saturday Routine On A Ship?

Saturday routine is a planned maintenance routine or schedule followed in the ship. In this routine, all the machinery and important control systems are maintained as per the routine chart.

This is carried out for the safe operation of the ship and this maintenance schedule will be inspected by the surveyor and by the port state control officers who visit the ships to carry out such inspection. If this planned maintenance schedule is found to have unaccounted for delays, or have not been carried out properly, the surveyor can even detain the ship in port.

The Saturday planned maintenance routine is a vital part of this maintenance schedule and the list below shows the various equipments that would normally be inspected and checked for proper functioning. The list also gives the duty officer in charge of that specific check or operation and whether it needs to be done every saturday, every two weeks or monthly.

Please note that this is not a regulation or compulsion but a long followed practise, perhaps just to ensure that the weekend goes smoothly, these checks are carried out on a saturday. Otherwise, they can be done during any other day as well.


Checks in Saturday Planned Maintenance Routine:
  1. Fire Detection System [E/O] - (EVERY SATURDAY)
  2. CO2 Bottles and System [E/O] - (MONTHLY)
  3. Air and Foam Equipment [2/E] - (EVERY SATURDAY)
  4. General Alarm System [E/O] - (EVERY SATURDAY)
  5. Emergency Batteries [ E/O ] - (FORTNIGHTLY)
  6. Funnel Flaps [4/E] - (EVERY SATURDAY)
  7. Emergency /Remote stops [E/O & 2/E] - (MONTHLY)
  8. Emergency Generator [3/E]- (EVERY SATURDAY)
  9. Emergency Lighting [E/O] - (FORTNIGHTLY)
  10. Life Boat Engine [3/E]- (EVERY SATURDAY)
  11. Emergency Fire Pump [4/E] - (EVERY SATURDAY)
  12. Emergency Air Compressor [4/E] - (EVERY SATURDAY)
  13. Emergency Steering gear [2/E ] - (FORTNIGHTLY)
  14. Emergency Bilge suction valve [4/E] - ( MONTHLY )
  15. Normally valves which are not in use [2/E] - (MONTHLY)
  16. Portable Electronic tools And Equipment [E/O ] - (MONTHLY)
  17. Main Engine Safety Devices [E/O & 2/E] - (MONTHLY)
  18. Auxiliary Engines Safety [E/O & 3/E] - (MONTHLY)
  19. Oily Water Separator & 15 ppm indicator [E/O] - (EVERY SATURDAY)
  20. Main Engine Maneuvering. [E/O & 2/E] - (MONTHLY)
  21. Cargo Gear all limit switches. [E/O] - (MONTHLY)
  22. Boiler Safety Valve [E/O & 3/E] - (MONTHLY)
  23. Freezer room alarm, hospital room alarm, bilge alarm, incinerator room alarm and steering gear alarm [E/O] - (MONTHLY)

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