“Shipboard operational procedures manuals supported by standing instructions based upon the company’s navigation policy should form the basis of command and control on board.
Master’s standing orders should be written to reflect the master’s own particular requirements and the circumstances particular to the ship, her trade and the experience of the bridge team currently on board. Standing orders and instructions should operate without conflict within the ship’s Safety Management System. Standing orders should be read by all officers upon joining the ship, and signed and dated accordingly. A copy of the orders should be available on the bridge for reference.”