(1) Pre-arrival checks (anchors cleared, engines tested astern, echo sounder running, navigational gear all working, parallel indexing, etc. ).
(2) Pilot boarding preparations. (3) Check port entry publications. (4) Tally, close and lock the bonded store. (5) Have all customs declaration forms and stores lists, crew lists, etc. completed. (6) Have the proper courtesy ensign ready. (7) Show any special signals required by local authorities.