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Gard Guidance Masters

2.10.1 GENERAL

The successful performance of any voyage is very much dependant upon the physical condition of the vessel. Despite time pressures and economic considerations, continuous inspections and maintenance is of the utmost priority to ensure that the vessel is fully operational and structurally sound to perform the voyage. The first impression of a vessel’s condition is often the most reliable. Therefore, the Master should try to obtain a full and complete impression of the vessel prior to assuming command. Inspections should be undertaken at regular intervals, their results recorded and any repairs should be carried out at the first available opportunity.

Procedures should be in place within the SMS to ensure that the vessel is maintained in conformity with the relevant rules and regulations and as required under section 10 of the ISM Code.