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Gard Guidance Masters

2.5.4 ORDERS

Any order given by the Master should be understandable, clearly worded and should not be ambiguous or misleading

  • any verbal order should be repeated by the recipient to avoid misunderstandings
  • standing orders should be written and displayed on the vessel’s notice boards, showing the date the order was made and its period of validity
  • bridge night orders should be written in the Bridge Night Order Book and acknowledged in writing by each officer taking over the watch
  • orders which are no longer valid, should be removed and/or replaced to avoid confusion.

    The Master should regularly check that orders are followed and are not deviated from. Any departure from or non-adherence to such orders needs to be documented in writing and justified by the person responsible for the action.