General emergency alarm signal : Seven or more short blast followed by one long blast

Emergency:- Immediate Action Required/Members of The Team


  1. Slow down. Stop main engine and raise emergency alarm
  2. Determine if any casualties suffered and render first aid if necessary.
  3. Check for oil/hazardous substances, pollution and possibility of one.
  4. Notify technical department, DPA & relevant authorities.
  5. Assess the immediate danger of sinking and capsizing.

If yes –

  1. Send out distress message
  2. Prepare to evacuate vessel

 If No –

  1. Initiate damage control measures
  2. Ensure adequate stability.
  3. Monitor situation

Command Team (C/T) Duties:-

  1. Fix ship’s position and record all movements/ events
  2. Compile communication reports & inform Tech dept. & DPA on situation.
  3. Monitor latest weather forecast & assess impact on present situation.
  4. Exercise damage control to reduce danger to crew, vessel & cargo.
  5. Consider jettison of cargo to save the vessel.
  6. Consider ballasting /deballasting /transfer water/ fuel to correct stability of vessel.

Emergency Team(E/T) Duties:-

  1. Conduct visual inspection of damage & report to C/T
  2. Check for oil pollution & act accordingly.
  3. Take all ballast /bilge and fuel tank sounding.
  4. Check stability criteria and stress for present & worst anticipated conditions.
  5. Effect damage control and ensure adequate stability.
  6. Ensure cargo intact & all water tight doors and ventilators shut.
  7. Take fuel tank and engine room bilge soundings.

Support Team (S / T) Duties:-

  1. Provide First aids.
  2. Prepare life boats
  3. Assist as directed.

Engine Room / Roving Team (R / T) Duties:-

  1. Attend to E/R services and controls
  2. Report status of M/E & Aux equipments to C/T

Remark :

  • When a fire alarm is sounded it is to be left ringing till stopped by the master, master after stopping the fire alarm will sound the emergency signal.
  • For emergency stations crew must carry the life jacket and elsa to their muster stations, life jackets to be worn only at abandon ship
  • Drills to be conducted in such a way as if they are real.
  • Fire alarm is indicated by continuous ringing of the bell (…………)