Use of damage control book.
Damage control books issued to cargo ships contain text, tables and diagrams providing information concerning the ship’s damage control characteristics and systems. These books normally include the information from tank sounding tables, stability and loading data booklets, cross curves of stability and other sources. Copies of the damage control book should be readily available in the event of any shipboard emergency.
The Damage Control Book includes tables and drawings showing the locations of:
Watertight and fumetight doors, hatches and scuttles.
Ventilation fittings, fans and controllers.
Fire main piping valves and stations.
A charter party is a document of contract by which a shipowner agrees to lease, and the charterer agrees to hire, a vessel or all the cargo space, or a part of it, on terms and conditions forth in the charter party. If permitted to do so by the terms of charter party, the may enter into subcontracts with other shippers. The main types of charter parties are Bareboat Charter Party (sometimes called a Demise Charter). Time Charter Party and Voyage Charter Party. If your vessel is chartered it is of the utmost importance that you read the charter party carefully, especially the added clauses, until it is thoroughly understood. It is advisable to have the officers read it as a matter of information and instruction and it will do no harm to discuss it with them, especially with the chief officer. The important clauses should be check-marked for quick reference. If any refer to dates of the notification of ETA to consignee or charterer's agent, make a note of the day the message is to be sent and be sure to send it.
Bareboat Charter Party. By this type of charter, the shipowner leases his entire vessel and the charterer has the responsibility of operating it as though it were his own vessel. As the implies, the bare vessel is chartered. The shipowner has, for the period covered by the charter party, lost control of his vessel. The charterer pays all expenses: fuel, stores, provisions, harbour dues, pilotage, etc. and employs and pays the crew. There may, however, be a clause in the charter party that the master and the chief engineer must be approved by the shipowner. The charterer is responsible for the upkeep, preservation and safety of the vessel. Before delivery to the charterer the vessel is surveyed by representatives of both parties and the same is done on redelivery. The charter party will stipulate that the must be redelivered in the same good order and condition as when delivered, ordinary wear and tear excepted. On redelivery the owner's representatives, usually the port captain and port engineer, may check the logbooks for information pertaining to groundings, striking objects and collisions. Fuel oil in the vessel on delivery is paid for by the charterer - at the current price at the port at that time, and on redelivery, the shipowner pays for the fuel in the vessel at the current price in the port at the time.
Date: 2016-01-03; view: 132