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Safety Advisory Bulletin on Vessel Emergency Checklists

Publication number Date Published Date Revised
11-08-005October 2011October 2023
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Author(s) Lori Crews
Description Emergency checklists are important tools for responding to an emergency incident on a vessel. They help vessel crew members and watchstanders control emergencies effectively and safely. Good emergency checklists contain only the tasks or functions necessary to get control of the situation.

During the stress of an emergency, checklists ensure that things are done in a systematic and consistent way. This is important when time is short, the pressure is on, and individuals are more likely to make mistakes. The primary function of a checklist is to focus attention on the critical tasks to be done in order to assume command and control over the actual emergency.

Distractions during emergency situations can result in mistakes being made. Critical steps are often skipped in the middle of a crisis. This is when the checklist becomes an important tool. Checklists should be created to suit the particular needs of each vessel. Generic emergency checklists can be missing important steps that apply to an individual vessel.
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Keywords vessel, checklist