What are the 15 duties of the master prior to and during loading or unloading operations, as listed in the SLU Code, Schedule 3, Part 3?

To ensure that: (1) loading or unloading and discharge or intake of ballast water is under the control of the ship’s officer in charge; 

(2) the disposition of cargo and ballast water is monitored throughout loading or unloading to ensure that ship’s structure is not overstressed; (3) the ship is kept upright or, if a list is required for operational reasons, list is kept as small as possible; (4) the ship remains securely moored; (5) sufficient officers and crew are retained on board to adjust mooring lines or for any normal or emergency situation; (6) the terminal representative is made aware of cargo trimming requirements; (7) the terminal representative is made aware of requirements for harmonisation between de-ballasting or ballasting and cargo loading or unloading rates; (8) ballast water is discharged at rates which conform to the loading plan and does not result in flooding of the quay or of adjacent craft; (9) there is agreement with the terminal representative as to actions in event of rain, or other change in weather, when the nature of the cargo would pose a hazard in the event of such a change; (10) no hot work is carried out on board or near the ship while alongside, except with permission of the terminal representative and in accordance with requirements of the competent authority (which is the Health and Safety Executive if the hot work is undertaken in the UK by shore workers, whether on board or not); (11) close supervision of the loading or unloading operation and of the ship during final stages of the loading or unloading; (12) the terminal representative is warned immediately if the loading or unloading process has caused damage, has created a hazardous situation, or is likely to do so; (13) the terminal representative is advised when final trimming of the ship has to commence in order to allow for the conveyor system to run-off; (14) the unloading of the port side closely matches that of the starboard side in the same hold to avoid twisting the ship’s structure; and (15) when ballasting one or more holds, account is taken of the possibility of the discharge of flammable vapours from the holds and precautions are taken before any hot work is permitted adjacent to or above these holds. 


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