Tanker operation : matters that require attention while carrying out soundings

Oil tankers operations at sea and while at port requires some basic safety proce dure to be observed. Carrying out soundings of tanks should be given priority am ong the daily routine jobs onboard The Chief Officer and the Chief Engineer (for Engine room) shall designate crew to carry out sounding of bilge and tanks complying with the following standards:

Bilge (Hold, Engine Room, Cofferdam, Void space, Chain Locker, Emergency Fire Pu mp Room, Bow Thruster Room, etc.)

No matter whether the vessel is in port or at sea, all spaces which have a bilge sounding pipe (as per ship s drawings) shall be sounded at least once a day, exce pt during heavy weather where master finds it is unsafe to access certain locati ons. When the Bilge High Level Alarm activated (where equipped), take soundings of th e space immediately and keep monitoring. Any abnormal soundings are to be invest igated and reported to the office. Fresh Water Tanks No matter whether the vessel is in port or at sea, all fresh water tanks are to be measured and monitored for consumptions at least once a day. Any abnormal fin dings are to be investigated and reported to the office. Ballast Water Tanks No matter whether the vessel is in port or at sea, sound at least a day from the sounding pipe or measure by the remote level gauge. If remote level gauges are used for the daily soundings, these shall be periodic ally verified for accuracy by comparing manual soundings with gauge soundings. Sounding pipes on exposed decks may not be sounded when unsafe to do so as in he avy weather. Any abnormal soundings are to be investigated and reported to the o ffice.