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Sailing at sea has always meant exposing not only the lives of officers and crew but also ship and equipment to marine perils. Fortunately, vessels have become safer and navigational aids and other tools for their safe operation have become far more reliable and sophisticated. Typical casualties seen from Gard’s perspective are related to machinery problems, groundings, contacts and collisions. This topic aims to help by highlighting ship and equipment issues commonly encountered by Gard.

General issues

Bunkers and bunkering Cover Cranes Engines, main and auxiliary Fire safety Grounding, contacts and collisions Hatch covers Human Factor Lifeboats Loss of anchor Maintenance Marine boilers Watertight doors