As a Master, what would be your immediate actions after beaching the vessel?

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My subsequent actions on taking the ground will largely be dependent on what I was able to do on running in to the shore line. Assuming that the prevailing conditions did not lend to any positive actions, I would:

(a) Order the Chief Officer to walk back both anchors to prevent accidentally re-floating off the ground into a deep water predicament.
(b) Order the Chief Officer to obtain a damage assessment, to include a full sounding of all the ship’s tanks.
(c) Order the Navigator to obtain the tidal data for the next few days, paying particular attention to the heights and times of high and low waters.
(d) Open up communications with owners/agents with the view to instigating repairs. Cause an entry to be made in the Official and Deck Log Books.
(e) Order the crew to establish an oil boom (barrier equipment required) around the perimeter of the vessel.
(f) In the event barrier equipment is not available, make an improvised boom with mooring ropes.
(g) Ascertain the depth of water around the propeller.
(h) Add additional ballast to the ship to reduce the possibility of uncontrolled movement of the vessel.
(i) If and when appropriate, have tugs ordered to stand-by, especially so for when any attempt to re-float is to be made.
(j) Inform the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) as soon as practical by use of an Incident Report Form.
(k) Display the appropriate ‘aground signals’ while on the beach.
(l) Inspect the lower hull and the associated ground area at low water time by boat if necessary, in order to complete the damage inspection.

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Answered on July 26, 2021