Testing and drills

Within twelve hours before the departure of the ship from the port, the following systems are to be checked and tested:
  • Main steering gear and system
  • Auxiliary steering gear and system
  • The remote control systems of the steering gear
  • The steering position indicator on the navigation bridge
  • The emergency power supply to one of the steering unit
  • The rudder angle indicators show the actual position of the rudder
  • Power failure alarms for the remote steering gear control system
  • Power unit failure alarms for the steering gear unit
  • Automatic isolating arrangements and other automatic equipment
The following listed procedure must be included along with the check and tests described above:

  1. The full movement of the rudder as per the required capabilities of the steering gear system present onboard
  2. A visual inspection of all the linkages and connections in the steering gear
  3. The means of communication between the steering gear room and the navigational bridge must always be operational
Other Important requirements related to steering gear are:

  • A block diagram displaying the steering system, the changeover procedure from remote to local steering, and the steering gear power unit indicating the emergency supply unit must be mentioned.
  • This diagram must be pasted on Navigation Bridge and steering gear compartment
  • All officers and crew concerned with the operation and maintenance of the steering gear system must be familiar with the changeover procedure from one to another system
  • Emergency steering drills are to be carried out in not more than three months period.
  • The date and time for the tests, checks, and drills carried out in the steering gear system must be recorded.


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