In addition to the routine (pre-departure) checks and tests, emergency steering drills shall take place at least once every three months in order to practice emergency steering procedures. These drills shall include: (1) direct control within the steering gear compartment;
(1)A 72-hour pre-arrival notification to the port State control authority for ships eligible for expanded inspection (i. e. ships with a High Risk Ship (HRS) profile and all passenger ships, oil tankers, gas carriers, chemical tankers and bulk carriers older than 12 years); and (2) a 24-hour pre-arrival notification to the port State control authority for all ships. (For details see Paris MoU region pre-arrival notifications, below. )
The master of a UK ship must ensure that, when the ship enters a VTS area in the territorial waters of an EEA State (i. e. an EU Member State, Norway or Iceland), the ship must comply with the rules of the VTS if they are in accordance with IMO Guidelines. The master of a non-UK ship must ensure that, when the ship enters a VTS area in UK territorial waters, the ship must comply with the published or promulgated VTS rules.
Where, for example: (1) there is a prospect that a vessel being salved will become a total loss before successful completion of the salvage operation; or (2) there is a prospect that any Article 13 reward for saving property will be will be less than the costs of the salvage operation (e. g. due to low ship or cargo values).
He should follow the average adjuster's advice, which will normally be to obtain Average Bonds and Guarantees on all sound cargo being discharged after the general average act, and to accumulate evidence required for the adjustment. The adjuster will make an estimate of the total value of the loss or damage and advise the shipowner of the rate of contribution required from each party.