SIRE Inspection Questionaire

SIRE Inspection

SIRE Inspection Programme is a unique tanker risk assessment tool of value to charterers, ship operators, terminal operators and government bodies concerned with ship safety.

Background of SIRE

Carriage of liquid and pressurized cargoes has an intrinsic high level of risk. Maritime accidents can result in casualties and severe damage to the environment causing significant financial losses and have a long‐term economic impact. Hence it is of paramount importance to identify and manage such risks.

To nullify these risks and increase the safety standards onboard, OCIMF introduced SIRE (Ship Inspection Report Programme). SIRE has lead to improvements in the quality of ships, accelerating its continuing drive for safer ships and cleaner seas.

We at Nautical Class have laid down important points for 2nd Officers and 3RD Officers serving onboard tankers ships which would help them to prepare better for SIRE inspections indirectly enhancing work quality and safety onboard.

2ND Officer

  • Operator’s defined maximum level of blood alcohol content?
  • Recorded frequency of unannounced drug testing?
  • What was the Recorded frequency of unannounced alcohol testing?
  • Date of the last unannounced on-board alcohol test?
  • Date of the last unannounced drug and alcohol test undertaken by an external agency?
  • Are the vessel’s manoeuvring characteristics displayed on the bridge?
  • Procedures in place for the testing of bridge equipment before arrival and departure?
  • Checklists for pre-arrival, pre-departure, watch handover, Pilot-Master exchange and pilot card effectively completed?
  • Is navigation equipment appropriate for the size of the vessel and in good order?
  • Are navigation lights in good order? Show failure test for the same.
  • If a bridge navigational watch alarm system (BNWAS) is fitted is it operational at all times when the vessel is at sea?
  • Are the Standard Magnetic compass and Gyro compasses operational, properly maintained, and adjusted?
  • Are auto to manual steering changeover procedures clearly identified?
  • Is auto to manual steering changeover recorded during periods of river transits and when navigating through restricted Waters?
  • Are regular gyro and magnetic compass errors being taken and are they being recorded?
  • Is there a documented procedure for the operation of the VDR and are the Deck Officers familiar with the procedure to retain the VDR data in the event of an incident?
  • Has a system been established to ensure that all Charts, nautical publications, and other publications are on board, current and maintained up to date?
  • If the vessel is provided solely with paper charts as an approved means of navigation are all charts required for the intended voyage of the vessel on board and are these fully corrected?
  • Is the echo sounder recorder marked with a reference date and time on each occasion it is switched on?
  • Has the GPS been adjusted to the correct datum?
  • Is there an adequate system for dealing with navigation warnings and are they being charted?
  • Firemen’s outfits and breathing apparatus in good order, fitted with fully pressurized air cylinders, and ready for immediate use?
  • Instructions for operating the digital selective calling (DSC) and satellite communications equipment in an emergency clearly displayed?
  • Vessel’s call sign and Inmarsat ship station identity clearly marked on the radio installation?
  • Can officers demonstrate a satisfactory understanding of how to operate the equipment in an emergency?
  • Has a qualified person been designated to handle distress communications?
  • Are the periodical tests of communications equipment being carried out as required?
  • Is the Radio Log and Deck log being maintained correctly?
  • Is there a maintenance program in place to ensure the availability of the radio equipment?
  • Is the communications equipment in good order?
  • Is the satellite EPIRB fitted, armed, and labeled correctly and inspected in accordance with the manufacturer’s requirements?
  • Are radio emergency batteries in good order and fully charged?
  • Are survival craft portable VHF radios and Search and Rescue Locating Devices in good order and charged?
  • If fitted, is the Ship’s Hospital clean, tidy, and ready for use? Is the hospital alarm in working condition?
  • Aldis lamp in working condition with spare bulbs.
  • What cybersecurity measures are you taking for safeguarding the bridge equipment?
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ECDIS Questions

  • Select an ENC / What Display mode is the system currently in Base/Standard/Other.
  • What is SAFETY CONTOUR and/or Safety Depth set to? Is this complying with the UKC Policy?
  • How do you achieve the best Scale when using ENCs?
  • How do you interrogate a charted object?
  • What is the Cell Number of the ENC which is currently displayed?
  • Where would you find the Data Quality Pattern/CATZOC/Quality Object Setting?
  • Can you change the charted Symbology?
  • Where are the Sensor settings menu?
  • Do you use RNC? If so, what are the limitations when using RNCs on ECDIS?
  • Is it possible to deselect a GPS sensor and manually go to DR mode?
  • Is there an ECDIS Chart 1 reference on the ECDIS System? If so, where is it?
  • When was the Last time a LOP Fix was applied?
  • What other types of Position Fixes are applied to the Charts/Cells and at what interval?
  • How can you Import/Export Passage Plans?
  • How can you view the Playback function?
  • Change the display settings for Brightness/contrast.
  • When was the Last Chart Update installed?
  • When was the last Manual Correction applied?
  • Where is the ECDIS Log Book? What was the last major event logged?
  • Show the NO GO AREAS/ PL on the ECDIS.
  • Please confirm the audio alarm settings on ECDIS.
  • Is NP 133C maintained properly?

3RD Officer

  • Are ship-specific life-saving equipment training manuals available?
  • Are ship-specific life-saving equipment maintenance instructions available and are weekly and
  • monthly inspections being carried out?
  • Are muster lists and lifejacket donning instructions displayed?
  • Is there a maintenance and test schedule for lifeboat on-load release gear?
  • Are lifeboats, including their equipment and launching mechanisms, in good order?
  • Are lifeboat and life raft operating instructions displayed?
  • Is the rescue boat, including its equipment and launching arrangement, in good order?
  • Are life rafts in good order?
  • Are hydrostatic releases, where fitted, correctly attached, and in good order?
  • Are lifebuoys, lights, buoyant lines, quick release mechanisms, and self-activating smoke floats in good order?
  • Are lifejackets in good order?
  • Are immersion suits in good order?
  • Are pyrotechnics, including line throwing apparatus in good order?
  • Are the locations of life-saving appliances marked with IMO symbols?
  • Are ship-specific fire training manuals available?
  • Are ship-specific fire safety operational booklets available?
  • Are ship-specific firefighting equipment maintenance instructions available and are weekly and monthly inspections being carried out?
  • Are records available to show that samples of foam compound have been tested at regular intervals?
  • Is a fire control plan exhibited within the accommodation, is a copy also available externally and are all equipment correctly marked on it?
  • Are fire mains, pumps, hoses, and nozzles in good order and available for immediate use?
  • Are isolating valves in fire and foam system lines clearly marked and in good order?
  • Is the International shore fire connection readily available externally and is the location clearly marked?
  • Portable fire extinguishers in good order with operating instructions clearly marked?
  • All emergency escape breathing devices (EEBD’s) in the accommodation, pump room, and engine room in good order and ready for immediate use?
  • Lists of Radio Signals are of the latest edition and corrected up to date?
  • Show means and/or procedures in place aimed at ensuring the ready availability of life-saving appliances?
  • Explain means and/or procedures in place aimed at ensuring the operability of firefighting systems?
  • Lists of checks to be carried for SIRE should not be limited to only those mentioned above. 2nd Officers and 3rd Officers should also consult the senior officers who will help them prepare better for SIRE.

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