Standing Orders

SHIBUMI Sierra – Hotel – India – Bravo – Uniform – Mike – India

Standing orders allow the captain and the cats to relax.

bullet Watch officer is responsible for the safety of vessel and crew during their watch.
bullet Watch officer is responsible for the actions of people on their watch.
bullet Obey COLREGS at all times.
bullet Watch officer should not hesitate to take immediate, necessary action for the safety of the ship, where circumstances require.
bullet Understand range, bearing and identification of all day and night sightings.
bullet Track all significant visual & radar targets and determine CPA.
bullet Contact all significant radar targets at 6nm if courses intersect.
bullet Keep a proper DR plot and/or DAILY LOG.
bullet All available navigational means should be used to determine position, and keep watch
bullet Prior to assuming watch, the watch officer should be satisfied regarding:

           • Position and depth
           • Course
           • Proximity of other vessels
           • Machinery status
           • DR track and plot, or Log sheets
           • Weather conditions
           • Local to navigation if appropriate
           • Crew status
           • Sail status & trim
           • Topsides chafe status

bullet NEVER fail to notify the captain if you have any doubts, questions or concerns!
bullet Any mechanical, electrical or rig failure or signs of rig fatigue or chafe.
bullet Visibility falling below 2nm.
bullet CPA to target is less than 2nm; notify before time of CPA.
bullet Wind increasing by 1 Beaufort Force or more.
bullet If you believe there is a need to tack or gybe
bullet If you believe sails should be set or struck.
bullet If you believe the course should be altered for safety of vessel.
bullet If weather deteriorates.
bullet Anchors and bow area secure.
bullet Forward lazarette closed and secure from flooding.
bullet Davits stable; small boat secure and properly sprung.
bullet All lines, halyards, sheets secure and not chafing.
bullet Check heads and sinks for flooding.
bullet Running lights burning brightly.
bullet Sails set and trimmed properly – watch for developing chafe or tears.
bullet Check for main and mizzen flexing with staysail or spinnaker.
bullet Pilot house security
bullet Watch for loose lines and gear overboard
bullet Monitor bilge pump and sump cycles
bullet Turn off all unnecessary lights.
bullet Galley and propane secure.
bullet All sails not in use should be properly secured.
bullet If anything looks unusual, sounds unusual, smells unusual or feels unusual, don’t hesitate to bring it to the attention of the watch officer or captain. You may be averting a disaster.
bullet Complete Watch Log sheet (DR record) and plot position manually if requested.
bullet When starting a new Watch Log sheet, fill in DATE, DAY, ORIGIN and DESTINATION of trip.
bullet Frequency of log to be determined by Captain


bullet Oil pressure:  never less than 32 on pilot house gauge
bullet Oil temperature:  Less than 140
bullet Exhaust manifold temp:  less than 450
bullet Engine coolant temperature:  less than 160
bullet Ammeter (positive)
bullet Fuel transfer light


bullet Eyeball engine room for problems.
bullet Be alert for oil, electrical or fuel smells.
bullet Check engine bilge for excess water.
bullet Check day tank sight glass…know where manual/auto switch is.
bullet Check fuel filters for water and dirt accumulation.
bullet Check security of shop work area.
bullet Grease HUNDESTED propeller.