Can a vessel be safely aground in safe berth?

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Asked on June 4, 2021
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Yes, there may be a chance when the vessel is safely aground at a safe berth. However, Master needs to check the following -

1. Check the Charter Party clauses and ensure NAABSA (Not Always Afloat but Safely Aground) clause is incorporated in the CP
2. Furthermore, Owners and Charters shall be clearly aware of the same and all instructions regarding the port call shall be given in a clear manner
3. Ensure that Navigational Charts are updated
4. Obtain the local tidal information
5. Agent shall be asked for detailed information about the port - eg permitted drafts when alongside, nature of seabed, tug availability, bollard pull, underwater obstructions etc.
6. Enquire from the agent if there has been a history of any problem encountered
7. Local underwater diving companies could be hired to ensure that the berth is well clear of obstructions
8. Use hand lead lines to monitor all round depths
9. Emergency preparedness shall be ensured

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Posted by seawizard
Answered on June 4, 2021