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Pre Departure Checklist For Vessel

In order to comply with regulations and ensure the safety of your crew and vessel, it is most beneficial to employ a pre-departure checklist for vessel to ensure that everything is in order, the ship is well maintained and the crew is briefed on everything that needs to be performed. Use this pre-departure checklist for vessel in order to become aware of errors before departing from ports and entering international waters, or as a preventive measure as safety should always come before all.

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Pre Departure Checklist For Vessel

General Information

Departure Port
Destination Port
Departure Date
Expected Arrival Date

Navigation & Communication

Has crew had vessel orientation?
Is crew aware of voyage plan?
Are all authorities notified of departure?
Have all authorities issued necessary permissions?
Are all lights in working order?
Are bell, horn and whistle in working order?
Is radio working?
Is inner-ship communication working?
Are radars operational?
Is fathometer working?


Has log book been updated?
Are log compasses turned on and set correctly?
Is GMDSS working properly?
Are all necessary documents on board?
Is the voyage plan completed?
Are all marine crew been found qualified and certified?


Are emergency lights working?
Are life racks in place?
Are life rings in place?
Are strobes and smoke buoys properly sotowed?
Are loose objects on bridge secured?

Before Cast-Off

Is everyone on board?
Has everyone not sailing left the vessel?
Are shore facilities disconnected?
Are all cables and hoses secured?
Are watertight doors and hatches secured?
Is gangplank stowed?
Is there no obstruction or floating debris in the water around the vessel?
Is everyone wearing proper PPE?
Are lookouts in place?
Is engine room notified?


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Pre-Departure Checklist for Vessel

To adhere to regulations and prioritize the safety of both your crew and vessel, it is highly advantageous to utilize a pre-departure checklist for vessel. This comprehensive checklist guarantees that all aspects are meticulously reviewed, including the ship's maintenance and providing the crew with thorough instructions on necessary tasks.

Prior to embarking on your voyage, it is imperative to follow these crucial steps:

  • Thoroughly examine the weather forecast and assess sea conditions.
  • Conduct a meticulous inspection and maintenance of the ship's engine, fuel, and electrical systems.
  • Verify the presence and functionality of vital safety equipment, such as life jackets, fire extinguishers, and distress signals.
  • Ensure that the navigation equipment, including GPS, radar, and compass, is in optimal working condition.
  • Carefully review and update charts and navigational publications.
  • Confirm the availability of ample fuel, water, and provisions.
  • Thoroughly check communication devices, including radios and emergency beacons.
  • Promptly notify the relevant authorities about your intended voyage plan.

  • By diligently adhering to this pre-departure checklist for vessel, you can significantly enhance the safety and preparedness of your ship, resulting in a pleasant and trouble-free journey.

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