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Shipboard-Familiarization

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[MUSIC PLAYING] Now that you've arrived at your new vessel, welcome aboard. In this film, you'll learn about the importance of shipboard familiarization and watch a brief tour similar to the one you will be given within 24 hours of joining your ship. It is widely recognized that new personnel are at risk when they're unfamiliar with their surroundings, their work practices, and the equipment they're using. To this end, the standards of training, certification, and watch keeping-- or STCW--requires new crew members to undergo familiarization training before they're allowed to perform their duties on board. We've divided shipboard familiarization into five parts in order to help you understand what to expect when you board your new home. They are basic safety familiarization, medical requirements, licenses and STCW certification, safety management systems, and company policies. When you step aboard you'll check in with the security watch keeper who will verify your identification and notify the officer of the watch of your arrival. You'll be escorted to your quarters where you will have an opportunity to stow your belongings before familiarization commences. You will also be issued your personal protective equipment. Shore attire is never suitable for the workplace. Your employer will supply all the PPE you are required to use. Once you've received the necessary equipment, you are ready to begin your familiarization tour. Safety is everyone's responsibility. A heightened awareness and a clear thorough understanding of your responsibilities is always vital but especially during your initial time aboard. At the beginning of the familiarization tour, you will be given a safety checklist with all of these necessary steps outlined. You'll then be taken to one or more of the ship's emergency stations and shown a copy of the ship's muster list, or station bill, which details the steps crews must take in the event of an emergency. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with this list, which is conspicuously and clearly posted at all of the emergency stations onboard. The muster list explains the different alarm signals and what each of them means. Every vessel is unique, and different companies use their own emergency and abandon ship alarms. You will also be instructed how to raise alarm in the event of an emergency both at the emergency stations and on the bridge. During the familiarization tour, you will be shown the location of the different survival craft aboard the vessel should it ever be necessary to abandon ship. In the event the boat station alarm is sounded, crews should head to the boat station and await the captain's orders to abandon ship. Should the lifeboat be unable to operate, there are also davit-launched and throw-over life rafts available at designated areas throughout the ship. In the event of an emergency, the EHQ, or Emergency Headquarters, is your muster station and includes equipment such as breathing apparatus, fireman suits, chemical suits, and other emergency response equipment. It's your duty to know what equipment is there and how to operate it. Your vessel has been equipped with various lifesaving apparatus throughout, which will be shown to you during the familiarization tour-- on deck, in the engine room, and in the galley and accommodations. There are life vests located throughout the vessel-- on the deck, the bridge, and in the accommodations, and in the engine room. On your tour, you will be shown all of the different places where they are to be found. Styles of life vests available vary from company to company and may include inflatables or the solid foam variety. Additionally, you will learn how to don an immersion suit-- an important part of your basic safety training. Wearing an immersion suit will dramatically increase your chance of survival in the event of any contact with the water. The ship's fire plan provides a detailed map of where the lifesaving apparatus are located, including life rafts and life buoys color coded in green. Firefighting equipment is color coded in red. Fire plans are located throughout the vessel, including in the engine room where the threat of fire is especially dangerous. You will also be shown what to do in the event of a fire in the galley, which is equipped with a separate fire control system and a fire blanket. In the event of an emergency, it is important to know the proper exit and escape routes, which will be pointed out during your shipboard familiarization. You will be shown the location of the ship's hospital, which contains the medicine chest, stretchers, first aid kits, and portable oxygen devices. The hospital must be maintained to clinical standards and should never be used for non-medical accommodation. Your basic safety training will familiarize you with many of the critical signs and signals aboard your vessel. Lastly, your familiarization tour will introduce you to the different security levels and procedures on board. It's important to always be aware of the vessel's designated security level. During familiarization, you will learn the added security responsibilities that go along with increased security threats. During your familiarization tour, you will also be required to answer a series of questions about your medical history. These are needed to keep you and the crew safe and healthy. You will be asked to provide your blood type, any allergies to medication you may have, the names of any medications you are currently taking, any recent history of exposure to infectious diseases, and a complete list of medical conditions, if any, and a list of any previous surgeries. You may be required to provide this information on a form, or the ship's medical officer will interview you. Upon boarding the ship, you must give the captain your proof of experience. This may be in the form of a Merchant Mariner Credential, a Seaman's Discharge Book, or other Port State Issued Proof of Ratings and Licenses, your original STCW certificate to ensure that you are in full STCW compliance. This includes up to date first aid, firefighting, and basic sea survival qualifications. You will also be given a copy of any other pertinent company documents at this time. The International Safety Management Code, or ISM, requires shipping companies to carry copies of its safety management system on each vessel. Most ships have the SMS in electronic form and is available from any computer terminal on board the vessel. You will be instructed which crew essential documents and instructions you must read. Other important documents, including SOLAS and fire safety manuals, may be assigned to you at this time. These manuals are provided for your assistance and the assistance of every crew member should you have any questions about on board safety procedures. The fifth and final section of your familiarization training involves standard company policies, which are posted on board your vessel, available on the ships network, and will be explained to you during your familiarization tour. In addition to the safety management system, these may include the environmental policy, the drug and alcohol policy which states that drug use is strictly forbidden and limits on alcohol consumption are strictly enforced, the smoking policy-- which establishes designated smoking areas on board or may prohibit smoking altogether, depending on the company. Safety is a collective responsibility. If you observe hazards or unsafe work practices, report them to the master or chief engineer. If you don't know what to do, ask questions. Many companies have a stop work authority, which allows you to cease operations if you, a crew member, the vessel, or its equipment are in danger. Look after other crew members, and they will look after you. Most companies have a reporting policy which explains how to report concerns and potential violations outside the chain of command through an advice and guidance hotline, which can be used to report pollution as well as violations of the law, SMS procedures, or company policies. You will remain anonymous at your request. With this information, your ship familiarization tour is complete. In this video, we learned about the five step the familiar process, including basic safety familiarization, medical requirements, licenses and STCW certification, safety management systems, and company policies. The information you learn in your familiarization tour could save your life and give you the tools and knowledge to save the lives of others. Welcome aboard, and safe sailing.

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Duration: 10 minutes and 25 seconds
Country: Andorra
Language: English
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Posted by: maritimetraining on Apr 19, 2017

Shipboard-Familiarization

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