What are the procedures to be followed to ensure the protection of the marine environment?
The ships Environment Policy aims to eliminate the possibility of pollution at the source by ensuring that high standards of crew training and awareness are maintained and that all relevant legislation and conventions are followed, such as with MARPOL for the use of Oil Filtering Equipment in machinery spaces.
Environmental Protection during Bunkering Operations
When Bunkering operations are carried out, the Chief Engineer enhances monitoring capability for the prevention of marine pollution including an increase in watchmen on deck, to monitor the sea surface for oil leakages.
Should any abnormality be felt or reported, the Chief Engineer shall stop the oil transfer immediately, investigate the possible causes, and shall not restart the oil transfer again until the causes have been removed completely.
If oil is actually observed and confirmed on the water around the vessel and is originating from the vessel itself, the following procedure is carried out.
Ships Operation – Oil Pollution Accident Handling Check List
- Notifying Everybody on Board:
Notifying the Master immediately
Making a station announcement for Oil Spillage Decontamination action.
- Measures to Prevent Oil Overboard Discharge:
Confirming complete closure of scuppers.
Use of materials for oil removal (oil absorbent pads, sawdust, etc.)
- Confirming Conditions at the Scene:
The source of oil spill and damage
Type and quantity of oil outflow.
The direction, speed and extent of the oil that has flowed outboard.
- Control the Discharge of Oil:
Carry out according to the “Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan,”
- Preparation of Necessary Documents
Record in a time series.
Take pictures of the process of oil removal
The direction, speed, extent, and quantity of the oil that has flowed outboard.
Actions are taken for oil removal and materials used for removal and their quantity.