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All log books are legal documents that are admissible in a Court of Law. They need to be filled out properly and completely. Use black ink, unless otherwise required, and print all entries, all Capital Letters is preferred. If you make a mistake cross it out with 1 line and initial it, then write the correction & continue on. Date the top of each log book page. Example of a Deck Log entry for a quite watch: 1200 Watch relieved as per ICS B-12 1215 C/C to 123˚pgc 134˚pscAMB 143˚psc 1248 R/S to 60RPMs to ease vessel in seaway 1600 Vessel working in rough SE’ly Sea and Swell, Ov’cst, Good Vis, Rounds Made, Watch turned over to 3/M J. Doe
Ann Marie Barry 2/M
It is a continuous entry, no need to start a new line for each time. You may use abbreviations as long as they are easy to understand or there is a code or approved list. This is a quick reference guide so you know just how much paperwork there is on a Merchant Ship. It is not meant to be an all inclusive list. Not every ship will fill out every log. Some companies combine logs like the GMDSS &VHF. Each company can make up their own format for the logs so you need to learn what is expected or required for each particular log. TSES Quarterdeck Log • Read and follow instructions posted by the C/M and inside the cover of the log • Date the top of each page, put the date next to the time of the 0000 entry • Time of watch relief - all watch standers should sign in and out of watch • Alarms – initial alarm, investigation, and final outcome of the alarm • Security Rounds (Detex) and defects found • Tests and inspections conducted during the watch Visitor’s Log • This log is aboard the TSES as well as all merchant vessels • Date the top of each page • Name of all visitors • Time Aboard and time ashore • Reason for boarding/business aboard • This allows ship personnel to know the total number of people aboard at any time and where they are aboard in the event of a fire. Helps with Search & Rescue/Evacuation as well as maintaining ship security.
They are written in red ink and the carbon copy is underlined in red ink. included . cargo start/stop. SMG. pilot. • Filled out by the Mate on watch. Ø and range to several points. entries about inspections may be made by other officers. note your position & heading immediately when it is let go – draw swing circle on chart • Entries at least hourly including Position using GPS. position information. i. Whoever inspects the Lifeboat will log the inspection at the time they completed it even though it is not on their watch. tugs. tugs.Deck Log Book • Details of each watch including course changes. heading and depth Night • • • • Orders Filled out by the Captain every night at sea & sometimes in port Supplement to the Standing Orders Tells the Mate on Watch any specific information for the watch.e. tugs. inspections or drills conducted • “Red Line Entries” are important times that affect payments such as Arrival/departure. – it can be Ø/range to a point Anchor Log • A position log while at anchor • Start with the position of the anchor when it was let go. • Engineers have the equivalent log in the E/R – most of their info is gauge reading and equipment start/stop times Position Log • Record hourly position./Long. X-track error & method of fix • May require positions more frequently in the harbor (WA requires 12min. cargo information. usually the C/M has a similar book for cargo Bell Book • One on Bridge & One in E/R • Record all “bell” or Engine Orders while maneuvering • Bridge Bell Book becomes the rough log for the Deck Log Book.) • A position doesn’t have to be Lat. These times need to stand out because they go into a lot of other paperwork. There is usually a separate area for these entries. pilot. etc. Check out the TSES instructions for more info • Tests. CMG. pilots. weather. on a night where you are coming into port. he might write when to test gear or call him and the E/R for Arrival In port. etc. Some companies don’t use red pens in the log any more because they provide a space in the log specifically for the red line entries.
it is meant to track problems for the person who has to trouble shoot problems • Maintenance of equipment Garbage Log • Date and time of the discharge • Type of waste discharged (victual. including passing arrangements. amplitudes and other compass checks • Track changes in gyro error & deviation on different headings Course Recorder • This is an automatic Log that tracks the movements of the vessel’s heading • It gets its input from the gyro compass. EOT Data Logger • An automatic data recorder that can record the bells • Many ships have this but they will usually keep the Bell Book as a backup • Sign and date the paper at the end of each watch or when resetting the time Compass Record Book • Record all azimuths. and how that was determined along with the vessel’s position • Record any transmission – except on the VHF • Who was maintaining the radio watch & what was being monitored • Any Distress Traffic Received • Any problems with the equipment or maintenance conducted • Testing of equipment Radar Log • At a minimum. incinerated ash. Some info will be written in red when transferred into the Deck Log. etc. a daily entry about the status of the equipment • Any problems picking up targets or interference.• Everything is written is black ink. GMDSS Log • Daily entry about the condition of the equipment. it is another repeater but it uses a pen to follow the movement • You much check the time and heading and sign the paper validating the information • Change paper once a month VHF Log • Record all VHF Calls.) . VTS check in. etc. wood.
birth or death aboard. record of seaman employed & payment record. equipment used • A brief description is then transferred into the Deck Log & possibly the Official Log Book Training Log • Required by the new regulations. Man Over Board. drills. Keep track of all defects discovered during your safety inspections. persons involved. Chronometer Rate Book • Record the error everyday & note the change in error (rate) • The Chronometer is a highly accurate (so they say) timepiece to be used for celestial navigation • Check the error using the GPS or a time tick over the radio Emergency Drill Log • Rough log book kept during every Fire & Emergency. . training. it must be logged with all the AB’s names so they get credit for being trained Official Log Book • Filled out by the Master when on International Voyages • All entries must be witnessed • This log is submitted to the USCG at the completion of the voyage. • This creates a paper trail to ensure follow up and corrective action. • Entries include. like ISM & ISPS • Keep a record of any safety or security training conducted and who participated • If the AB’s watched a movie about the hazards of synthetic line snapback. Abandon Ship.111m3) • Location of discharge (Latitude & Longitude or Port) • Distance off land at the time of discharge • Signed by the person in charge of the discharge • May be kept by the Mate on Watch or Chief Mate Defect Log • Required by ISM. steering tests. to the Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection • This book basically proves to the Coast Guard that your vessel was complying with all required activities as per the CFR’s while outside the U. & Oil Spill Drill • Record Position and time of the drill • Activities conducted.S.• Quantity discharged (1 scuttle sack = 0. Security. accommodation inspections. load line information and sailing/arriving drafts. inspection of fire & life saving equipment.
an additional Oil Record Book is kept by the Chief Mate. They would like this every month.Oil Record Book • Kept aboard all vessels over 300 tons to record all movement of oil aboard the vessel. NOAA weather reports are voluntary but your Company/Captain might require it. Cargo Logs • Any paperwork required by the cargo owner must be kept together. Barograph • A piece of machinery that is very similar to the Course Recorder. • Records the pressure changes over time so you can see a change of weather ahead • Even on vessels that don’t send weather reports. . This book contains the movement of all oil with respect to the cargo system. It must be set to the correct atmospheric pressure and wound/paper changed every 5 days. they all take care of this equipment Weather Log • NOAA weather form that gets completed prior to sending the report electronically • All weather related paperwork gets sent in to NOAA periodically. • Filled out by the Engineer on watch when bilges are pumped overboard • This is an engineer’s log on all ships for bunkers • On tankers. The info of E/R slops into cargo tanks that is found in the Engineers copy is also recorded in the deck book. in that it uses a pen on a graph to record a change. It may not be an actual log book but there is a ton of cargo paperwork that the Chief Mate and Captain are responsible for. Washing cargo tanks and loading/discharging dirty ballast is also included. including loading and discharging (ashore or overboard).
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