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Engine room safety and environmental procedures

Safety precautions
: The engine room is a place where accidents and pollution incidents can easily occur if safe working practices and pollution prevention measures are not strictly followed. The Chief Engineer is responsible for ensuring that the importance of accident/incident prevention is fully understood by all engineering staff including the potential risks involved.

Safety standards

High pressure fuel pipe shielding must be intact and properly secured. The heating of water / oil mixtures such as oil or sludge tanks must be deemed as a critical operation . It should be kept in mind that the ambient temperature may require the sludge / oil water mix to be heated and the expansion volume of the liquid may cause an overflow of the tanks that have been filled close to their maximum capacity. A maximum filling level for such tanks must be identified that leaves a safety margin for this expansion. This level should be recorded on the checklist.

Workshops must be maintained in a clean and tidy condition with all tools kept in good working order. The area used for welding and brazing must be clearly defined and provided with the necessary means to prevent accidents and fires.

Oxygen and acetylene bottles must be stored outside the engine room and accommodation areas. They must not be stored together but kept apart and securely lashed. Lockers containing gas bottles must be properly identified.

Chemicals must be used in accordance with the makerís instructions including any guidelines regarding the use of protective clothing. Information on medical care to be followed in case of accidents is to be posted in appropriate places. Product data sheets are to be kept with the chemicals along with the appropriate protective clothing. An officer is to be designated in charge of chemical management.

Particular care must be taken when fixing and lashing stores, bottles, drums and spares in order to avoid personal injuries and damages.

The precautions a duty engineer should take while working in the vicinity of the funnel are: The Chief Engineer must ensure that all checks and precautions to avoid electrical shocks are taken by the Electrical Engineer Officer. Naked, disconnected/worn wires or open electrical equipment are not allowed onboard. All electrical equipment must be protected and any potentially dangerous situations immediately reported to the Chief Engineer and rectified by the Engineer Officer.

The Electrical Engineer Officer must inspect accommodation areas including cabins at regular intervals to ensure that no potentially hazardous problems can result from the use of unauthorised equipment and/or alterations to the electrical wiring.

All lifting equipment must be regularly tested according to the applicable rules and / or the makerís recommendations, under the supervision of the Chief Engineer who must maintain a record of the same which is to include certification. Blocks, slings and similar equipment must be maintained in a good condition and stored separately. Safe working loads must be clearly indicated in a permanent manner. Critical measuring instrumentation must be calibrated according to rules and makerís instructions.

In addition to the above, it must be noted that:
As a final point, the Chief Engineer is to employ all available means in order to create a safety conscious and environmentally friendly atmosphere throughout the engine department. Such means include the holding of meetings, the viewing of training videos and the reading of Company manuals. All officers and ratings are to be encouraged to contribute to enhanced safety, and improved pollution prevention measures.

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